(Thames Water's Becky Trotman looks down on a chunk of the fatberg)
A piece of Thames Water’s infamous Whitechapel Fatberg is set to be seen by visitors from across the globe in the coming months as it takes centre stage in a new display at the Museum of London.
The unique exhibit called ‘Fatberg!’ opens to the public on Friday February 9 and will showcase not only what fatbergs are, but how they form and how they are removed from London’s sewer network by specialist Thames Water teams.
It’s the first time a fatberg has been on display in a museum in the UK.
Vyki Sparkes, curator of social and working history at the Museum of London, said: “We’re so excited to be able to display the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg.
At the Museum of London we highlight the highs and lows of living in this great capital city and aim to draw attention to contemporary issues facing Londoners today.
The existence of this fatberg highlights the pressures fat and modern rubbish are putting on London’s historic infrastructures and is an important comment on our increasingly disposable society.”
Once weighing a colossal 130 tonnes, the equivalent of 11 double decker buses and stretching over 250 metres – more than twice the length of the Wembley football pitch, the museum has worked with industry experts and carried out scientific analysis in order to conserve a sample to display in specially sealed units.
Thames Water’s Becky Trotman said: “The Whitechapel fatberg became a global celebrity but we didn’t think for a second it would end up on display in a museum.
“Fatbergs are lurking, congealing and growing fast under our feet and as soon as we clear one, another is growing somewhere else in our sewer network.
“This display is a vivid reminder to us all that out of sight is not gone forever, so please help keep London and all the sewers flowing – don’t feed the fatberg.”
‘Fatberg!’ will be on display the museum until the end of June. Entry is free so a visit is highly recommended.