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Jake's Bones at the Horniman

Visitors to the Horniman's Nature Base can now see a display curated by 12 year old naturalist, bone collector and blogger Jake McGowan-Lowe.

Jake has been collecting bones since the age of six, blogging since he was seven and by the time he turned twelve he had written a book called Jake’s Bones, based on his collection and blog.

Jake has close links with the Horniman, having been in contact with our Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi about identifying bones for several years, and having Paolo as the consultant on his book. Jake was therefore a natural choice when we were looking to populate a space in our Nature Base – one of our spaces designed especially with children in mind – with bones that children might find locally.

The display features 10 bones objects chosen by Jake from the Horniman’s stored collections, plus a chicken wing from a takeaway that represents the type of bone you are most likely to find in London.

‘It’s always a pleasure working with Jake. It’s great to see such passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for this subject in one so young. We hope that our visitors will enjoy this display and be inspired to discover more about the nature on their doorstep.’ - Paolo

You can visit from today and see Jake's display in Nature Base - look for it under the 'What can you find outside?' sign.

If you want to know more about bones and collecting them, there's no better place to start than Jake's book, now on sale in our shop.