The blue whale: a three-year labour of love | Natural History Museum


It’s strange coming here today and seeing
this. I think when we started you don’t ever think so much about the finished product, you just
kind of take one step at a time. I’ve never worked on anything like this, what
am I thinking? I’ve never worked on anything as big and as significant as this. The skeleton was first put up in 1934, so it’s been 83 years since anyone has moved this whale. Signatures? Yes, and one of them is Gerrard. Really? The top one, yeah. Gerrard’s was the company
that actually was employed by the museum to articulate the skeleton. And it’s signed February 1934, which is when
the work was completed. I think the team that put this thing up in
1934 would be amazed at how far we’ve come, and we have come a long way. So you’ve just got this fantastic thick carpet
going all the way. Brilliant. There’s an area we were a bit concerned about,
where a crack had opened very slightly. We’ve had to be very creative at times, to
come up with solutions to problems. The red line has stayed exactly where it was
when we first put this on, so we know this crack has not opened up and not moved in any
sense so that’s a really good sign. Signing it, really, for me, it’s two things
really. One is just a reminder of all the work that we’ve done really since 2014, and
all the hard work that the team has put in, how close we’ve all grown as friends, and
how we’ve been supporting each other through the way and respected each other’s expertise,
which is amazing. But also a link back to the past, to 1934,
when the whale was put up. And that’s a really amazing feeling as well. Millimetre by millimetre, we’ve been putting
this whale up over the last few days, and we’ve finally got to the exact height that
we want. We have the whale in her final position, so
that’s so thrilling.

30 thoughts on “The blue whale: a three-year labour of love | Natural History Museum

  1. Amazing. I will miss the dinosaur but I hope that putting focus on an animal alive in our oceans today will encourage people to care about protecting the amazing wildlife that exists all around us today!

  2. Dippy was iconic, I first saw her when I went there as a kid and enjoyed seeing her all the times I have gone back since but once I found out Dippy was just a plaster cast model and that no full skeleton of a Diplodocus had ever been unearth, that display lost it's prestige in my eyes. I'm happy that we finally have a real skeleton on display, a skeleton of an animal much more worthy of our attention and admiration.

  3. I always would liked to had seen both skeletons together in the same room. Where only here in the world could there had been the real life size comparison finally of the two greats that has been interpreted countless amounts of times already in books and art size concept size charts online.

  4. Well that entrence hall has gotten significantly shitter. Who gives a fart about a lame ass whale when you could have a Diplodocus.

  5. This comment is from the video called "How Neanderthal are you"

    The only one in that video and the only one that has a true BLOODLINE that leads back to Africa is the child of Yacob/Yisrael a daughter of Zion, she's the True daughter of Judah coming from East Africa the so called Middle East rename from the land of Cannon the land the Most enloted to SHEM the so called Negroes that have been scattered throughout the Earth as Bondmen and Bondwomen Deuteronomy 28:68 are the Real Children of Yisrael…..not those who say they are Jews but are not, but do LIE are the Synagogue of Hasatan Revelation 2:9 & 3:9

  6. unlkess they bring to all schools and colleges a documentary video to understand , specimen museum of science tht will be great package as per to understand the species globally will helpful

    specimen labs , zoology should upbring the level of presentation in their documentary

  7. I feel so grateful to have had the chance to see this blue whale skeleton in the museum. The visit was one of the best.

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