Event organisers including 19 Events, Evolve Events and Brook Green explored the new gallery, getting up close and personal with its spectacular creatures and plants, featuring coral that was collected firsthand by Charles Darwin, an enormous Grouper fish and an ancient Turbinaria coral. Not just fossils, the exhibition includes a live aquarium, a small cinema screening and an interactive experience where delegates can virtually swim through iconic coral reefs.
The breakfast menu, devised by caterers Food by Dish, combined spring classics with unusual combinations. Dishes included oak-smoked salmon with fresh avocado, quail egg Florentine, French toast sticks in maple syrup and mini Welsh smoked bacon butties with grilled tomatoes; accompanied by fresh pomegranate mocktails to wash it all down.
As with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery, Coral Reefs is available to hire as an additional venue space to combine with the other locations in the museum. With a recommended capacity of 150 guests, Coral Reefs provides organisers with the perfect opportunity to enhance their events with this fascinating exhibition and virtual reef dive. The exhibition is open until 13th September 2015.
Simon Kershaw, head of events and catering at the Natural History Museum, said: “We’re always considering new ways to reinvent and develop the venue spaces in the Museum, keeping them as exciting and current as possible. We normally have at least two additional exhibitions open at any given time and currently we have The Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery and Coral Reefs, both proving to be excellent additional venue spaces to enhance a corporate function.”
Hannah Strong, sales and marketing director at Food by Dish commented: “Our partnership with iconic venues like the Natural History Museum always creates memorable events. This was not only another unique event but also a great occasion, in-keeping with the exhibition’s message, to showcase our lasting commitment to sustainability and sourcing environmentally ethical foods, a policy close to our business.”