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Natural History Museum has revealed details of the first corporate event hosted at the Hintze Hall following its re-launch.

The museum’s main event space welcomed computer consultant Bill Bottriell to celebrate his 60th birthday on 22nd July with 300 guests.

The celebration adopted an immersive ‘Night at the Museum’ theme and black tie dress code.

Moving Venue project managed the celebration, which included flying Europe’s 17-piece Dov Amiel Band from the South of France to entertain guests. The National Theatre Company also performed throughout the evening.

“This was an extra special date in our events calendar with Bill being one of Moving Venue’s partners and shareholders,” explained Ellie Harper, Moving Venue senior planning manager.

Guests enjoyed arrival drinks, food stations and circulated canapé trays in the contemporary Darwin Centre, before moving into the Hintze Hall for a three-course sit down dinner under the blue whale skeleton, whilst a baby grand piano was played throughout the meal.

Event florists Pinstripes and Peonies created table decorations and a walkway of lanterns to guide guests through the event. The company has been one of the Natural History Museum’s approved floristry suppliers for six years.

Using a dome of white hydrangea in cubed vases and bar vases filled with purple hydrangea, lilac roses, dahlias, orchids and purple stock flowers brought a deep, rich colour to the hall.

“Being the first florist to work on a commercial event in the Hintze Hall after the installation of the jaw-dropping blue whale, was an incredible experience and such a privilege. It was an event that we will remember for a long time to come,” commented project manager Ruari McCulloch.

Full technical production for the evening was supplied by Hawthorn. The service included lighting, sound, staging and power distribution.

Chris Smith, Hawthorn’s project director said: “It was a huge honour to be part of such a milestone event for the museum and use our creative technical expertise to showcase Hope the Blue Whale and the stunning Hintze Hall in all its glory. We’ve worked on many fabulous events here but this will certainly be one we’ll remember.”

Its team installed a large moving light rig, which brought the blue whale skeleton to life and provided a red carpet with spectacular flame effects, which welcomed guests to the occasion. Hawthorn also supplied a large stage to accommodate the Dov Amiel Band.

Commenting on the event, Robert Wetherell, head of venue hire at the Natural History Museum, said: “We were delighted to see our new look Hintze Hall being used for such a spectacular occasion. With all the finishing touches and theming, what is already a dramatic space was transformed into a unforgettable celebration and we hope Mr Bill Bottriell and his guests had an amazing evening.”