As a small child, I used to love playing Cluedo, and have to this day never fully understood why it almost always seemed to be Professor Plum with the revolver in the ballroom. What was it about the professor that made him want to kill so often? Why was the revolver so often his weapon of choice? And why did the crime nearly always take place in the ballroom as opposed to, say, the dining room or conservatory?
It's been years since I've played Cluedo, but I was reminded of this wonderful game just recently when I stumbled across information about a fascinating-sounding event taking place at the Natural History Museum in April, August and November.
Called Crime Scene Live, it gives amateur sleuths the chance to try their hand at catching a killer. And by 'catching a killer' I don't mean you'll be legging it through the streets of London blowing a whistle as you pursue a baddie with a loot bag thrown over his shoulder. Crime Scene Live happens to be more cerebral than physical.
Crime Scene Live involves actual forensic scientists and detectives from New Scotland Yard sharing their skills and knowledge regarding crime scene investigation.
You'll spend the evening collecting and processing evidence from a grisly murder which has taken place at the museum (I'm going to stick my neck out here and say it's a safe bet no real murder will take place….), before identifying who you believe to be the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime.
You'll then attend the trial (again, not real) where respected London barristers will cross-examine experts and place the gathered evidence under the microscope.
The Crime Scene Live interactive mystery event won the gold Eventia award for the best event in a public space in 2011, and this year takes place on 26th April, 30th August and 29th November. Booking is essential.
So, do you think you have what it takes to solve a crime? (I bet you it's Professor Plum with the revolver in the ballroom).