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Lights, Camera, Action at Natural History Museum with Film London

Natural History Museum, the Darwin Centre
As dusk fell on London the lights were back on at the Natural History Museum for the capital’s film industry as over 200 premier film location managers, scouts and agents came together to see a very different side of a venue they thought they knew.

Hosted by Film London, the networking evening took place in the newest area of the iconic Grade 1 listed building, the Darwin Centre. This contemporary space is a complete contrast to the vintage splendour of the Central Hall and Earth Hall and is a blank canvas for events, characterised by its glass facia and the eight-storey cocoon!

Externally, there is a landscaped amphitheatre style courtyard with its own entrance on street level, making the space ideal for evening receptions combined with brand showcases and product launches. The accompanying indoor space matches the capacity of the external, providing a contingency plan for organisers against the unpredictable British weather, or a place for the whole group to adjourn to.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission explained: “London is always evolving and we need to ensure the full range of locations and venues are available to the huge number of productions wanting to film in the capital. The Darwin Centre is certainly a new exciting space, and as a blank canvas, it opens up a wealth of possibilities for productions. Therefore we were delighted to invite the industry to explore it and let their imaginations run wild. I hope we’ll spot it on screen very soon.”

Victoria Barker, Senior Event Manager commented: “The Darwin Centre is our best kept secret and the amount of external space is something that you would not expect to find in central London. This is perfect for receptions of up to 350 guests and dinners for 150. The light, airy internal space presents a blank canvas for production with mapped projections, gobos and architectural lighting all utilised to bring brand messages to life.”

The Museum’s in-house caterers Benugo provided the food and drink for the evening and production company Event Concept provided architectural lighting and background music.

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