This week we hosted our exclusive Members’ Coral Reefs: Talk and Tour. A special event in partnership with the Natural History Museum which explored our recent collaboration on their exhibition, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea.
Ken kicking the event off to a full house in Gallery Square
With half the Members from the NHM and half from the Horniman, Gallery Square buzzed with excitement about our mutual coral interest.
Our Members enjoying a private view of our popular aquarium
The evening gave Members a fascinating insight into coral reefs and the threats that face our marine life with interesting talks by NHM’s coral reefs expert, Ken Johnson, and Horniman Aquarium Curator Jamie Craggs.
Ken gave a fascinating introduction to corals, which are in fact an animal, made up of thousands of tiny polyps. It was shocking to see the serious effect of coral bleaching and how that has completely changed the history of coral reefs.
Members also enjoyed one to one chats with curator Jamie and Ken from the Natural History Museum
Jamie complimented this talk well by reflecting on the exhibition collaboration, the amazing installation of the tank at the Natural History Museum and introduced Project Coral; an innovative coral sexual reproductive research project.
A behind the scenes look at our Mangrove display
After the talks, the Members had an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium, an opportunity to look closer at the ground-breaking work of Horniman Project Coral.
Entertaining, thought-provoking, revealing. Just a few words to describe the fab corals event @HornimanMuseum this week!— Emma May (@emmamaylawrence) October 2, 2015
You can find out more about Horniman Project Coral here