Brighton’s beloved Booth Museum has proudly revealed its first new diorama in an astonishing 92 years, a vivid display that pays homage to the city’s diverse wildlife against the backdrop of the ongoing climate crisis.
Titled ‘Life in the Garden’, this three-dimensional masterpiece was unveiled to the public on Saturday, drawing inspiration from the urban gardens that are a familiar sight in Brighton. The creation of this diorama was a community effort, with museum staff incorporating feedback from local residents, including the imaginative ideas of 2,000 children.
The Booth Museum, renowned for its natural history exhibits, has always been a champion of wildlife. This new display is a testament to that, celebrating the rich tapestry of creatures that call our city home. From birds and bees to the elusive urban fox, the diorama offers a 360-degree view of an urban garden teeming with life.
Ceryl Evans, Brighton & Hove Museums’ Director of Engagement and Public Programmes, spoke passionately about the motivation behind the diorama. She highlighted the growing concern over the climate crisis, particularly among children and young people, and the desire to contribute positively to combating climate change.
The taxidermy work, a crucial element of the diorama, was meticulously carried out by Jazmine Miles Long. In keeping with the museum’s ethos, she only works with animals that have died of natural causes or been accidentally killed, ensuring ethical practices are maintained.
The Booth Museum hopes that this new addition to their collection will inspire a love for wildlife and foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world around them, even amidst the anxieties of climate change.
You can experience this captivating diorama for yourself at the Booth Museum of Natural History in Dyke Road, Brighton. It’s a testament to the resilience of urban wildlife and a reminder of our role in preserving their habitats.