Crime Scene Live, the Natural History Museum's exciting event of murder, mystery and forensic investigation, has won Best Event in a Public Space in the Eventia Awards 2011.
The award-winning Crime Scene Live events mix real science and crime fiction to get visitors to become forensic investigators for the night.
Crime Scene Live beat the live screenings of the Royal Wedding and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Ryder Cup to win the Gold Eventia award.
The event also won Silver for Best Experiential event and was finalist for Creative Use of Technology, and it is the first ever museum or gallery public event to be a finalist in 3 categories.
'It is a huge honour to win Gold and Silver at the Eventia Awards,' says Museum's Visitor Events Manager Andy Glynn.
'These awards are the highlight of the events industry calendar and our success is a clear demonstration of how innovative and creative events at the Museum can be when we combine the skills and experience in our Learning, Science and Events departments'.
Crime Scene Live participants get their forensic coats on
The last Crime Scene Live in June got visitors to collect maggots and bones from a fictional murder scene with simulated body parts in the Museum gardens; take them inside the Museum to carry out fingerprinting and analyse the skeletal remains; learn about the science from real Museum forensic scientists; and take the evidence to a court trial, in the Museum theatre, with real barristers.
Forensic scientists who work at the Museum take part in Crime Scene Live. They are experts on skeletal remains and understanding how insects colonise decaying bodies, and each year they help the police solve real murder cases.
Museum forensic anthropologist Heather Bonney takes part in Crime Scene Live. She says of winning the award, 'This was a fantastic opportunity to engage the public in an interactive scenario that showcases the forensic work that we do at the Museum. We all thoroughly enjoyed being part of the event and winning the award was a great surprise.'
Nature Live team member Aoife Glass worked with the scientists and the Visitor Event team to develop Crime Scene Live. She says, 'This event was the result of collaboration between teams across the Museum, and its so rewarding to see that it was a success!'
'It was amazing to give visitors the opportunity to experience the cutting edge research that goes on here in an innovative way, bring theatrical elements into science communication, and show our science in a real-life context.'
The next Crime Scene Live: The Box of Bones event is on 25 November at 7pm during the Museums's After Hours. These special ticketed evening event are for adults.
There are more Crime Scene Lives to come as Andy concludes, 'We are excited about the future of Crime Scene Live as we are launching a full series of grisly crimes in 2012.'
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