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We're sending our Curator on Extreme Adventures

Just how cold will our Curator get?

The Horniman's next major exhibition, Extremes, explores what it takes for animals and plants to survive in some of the most hostile environments on Earth.

Much of the animal kingdom is far better adapated to extreme conditions than we are as humans. To show just how we'd cope, we've set one of our curators an extreme challenge of his own.

  • The Brave Man, Paolo in his natural habitat at the Horniman's Study Collection Centre− © Paolo Viscardi
    Paolo in his natural habitat at the Horniman's Study Collection Centre

Over the next few weeks Paolo, our Deputy Keeper of Natural History, will be venturing into cold, heat, darkness and oxygen deprivation. All, as far as possible, without specialist equipment.

We'll be capturing Paolo's #ExtremeCurator adventures on camera, giving you a first-hand look at the effects on the human body in just a short period of time.

With this year's mild UK winter, extreme environments might conjure up images of far-flung travel, but you don't need to visit exotic climates to feel the heat, or climb a mountain to feel the effects of high altitude. Paolo's extreme challenges will all take place within London, at locations where you can experience extremes without leaving the city.

See the results of Paolo's challenges on the blog:

#ExtremeCurator: Cold

#ExtremeCurator: Low Oxygen

#ExtremeCurator: Hot

#ExtremeCurator: Dry

#ExtremeCurator: Dark

We'll be posting the video coverage from Paolo's challenges on our Youtube Channel. Keep up to date with the latest #ExtremeCurator news on Twitter.

Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014.