Things to do in London if you are a chemical engineer - Part 1.
Chemical engineering and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are industries that require constant training to stay up to date with the latest advancements.
If you are frequenting major cities for training, such as London, why not consider using your down time for some sightseeing places that may be of great interest particularly to you! If you are a chemical engineer that has come to London for training here are a few places that you might enjoy! This is only part 1, so please follow our future blog posts for further suggestions.
1. The Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is free to visit and is open daily from 10 am – 17.50pm (last entry at 17:30). This museum is extremely easy to get to with London transport and is very close and well connected to central London. Furthermore, if you are a chemical engineer taking training with London Training for Excellence, The Natural History Museum is also only one stop on the tube or approximately a 20-minute walk from our London Training for Excellence training centre in Earl’s Court. Perfect for an afternoon or morning of exploring before or after your training for the day!
The building itself is an amazing sight. Built entirely out of terracotta to survive London’s cold, harsh climate, the building is so unique it is considered a work of art. The best part is that the building is just the beginning of the marvel that awaits inside ready for a chemical engineer to explore!
Housing over 80 million specimens from billions of years in history some of the main exhibition spaces are Oceans, Human Evolution, Space, Dinosaurs and British wildlife. There is also an additional space called The Darwin Centre that displays the museum’s plant and insect collections as well as state-of-the art research labs that are used by working scientists and are on view to the public. You can watch these open plan labs and scientists in action!
As a chemical engineer, there will be so many things to explore in the museum that you may find fascinating. You may find an exhibition related to your field, specialisation, industry or research! You may even find something new you want to learn about that inspires you. Regardless of the category, each exhibition is visually impressive, immersive, engaging and interactive. As a chemical engineer you are probably familiar with hands on and practical learning, you will feel in your element here.
Opened to the public in April, 1881, the museum was made free and accessible to all as an example of how a museum should serve the public. In the eyes of the Natural History Museum the vision is to challenge how people think about the natural world – past, present and future. The museum receives more than 5 million visitors annually, why not see for yourself what all the fuss is about!