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‘What We Do at the Dead Zoo’

‘What We Do at the Dead Zoo’ is a day of special drop-in activities taking place on Saturday 14th April between 10am and 4pm. This is the first ever open day in the Natural History Museum.

You can find out how and why the Natural History Museum’s collections are used by many different people, from scientists to artists.

Families and adults can meet with researchers, curators, educators and artists who use the Dead Zoo every day as a source of information and inspiration. Zoologists, geologists, artists and writers, staff from behind the scenes in the Museum, the National Biodiversity Data Centre and non-governmental organisations, will be there to answer questions and describe their work. There will be all kinds of specimens to handle, everything from snake skins to animal skulls, fossils to meteorites, and experts will be on hand to describe how we identify, look after and are inspired by what’s in the collection.

This daylong celebration of the Natural History Museum is part of the Public Engagement Programme of the 2012 Dublin City of Science celebrations.

There are two special events for families not to be missed!

12 noon ‘Draw With Don’ - Art workshop with artist Don Conroy

3pm ‘Dead Hairy’ - Storytelling with writer Debbie Thomas

Wildlife artist, environmentalist, naturalist and RTE presenter, Don Conroy, is back by popular demand to engage young people in an art workshop. This is taking place at 12 noon on 14th April.

Debbie Thomas author of the quirky and crazy tale of ‘Dead Hairy’ is sure have children, parents and everyone else in stitches with her storytelling! Debbie was a BBC reporter, writer and runs a Children’s Book Club.

No booking is required for the day or the events, as places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. This venue is partially wheelchair accessible.

Notes for Editors

Organizer: Education and Outreach Dept., National Museum of Ireland- Natural History

Partner: Public Engagement Programme, Dublin City of Science 2012

The National Museum of Ireland's four site will be participating in Dublin City of Science 2012. For further information please contact the Marketing Department.

Date: Saturday April 14th 2012

Venue: National Museum of Ireland- Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin 2.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Admission: Free


Maureen Gaule, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department,

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