People Love Gawping at London's Fatberg so Much it Could Become a Permanent Museum Exhibit

By Tom Pritchard on at

You know what's more disgusting than finding out there's a giant blob of fat and baby wipes blocking London's sewers? Putting it in a museum and letting people come and look at it. Also removing it in the first place, but those people hopefully get paid a lot of money to do that kind of job. The record-breaking fatberg that was discovered last September was promptly put in the Museum of London, and it's turned out to be so popular that the decision makers are considering making it a permanent exhibit.

The 'Fatberg!' exhibit has been around since February, and has seen a huge increase in the number of visitors heading to the museum to have a look at the disgusting sweaty sewer mess. And that's not hyperbole. Apparently the exhibit itself does in fact sweat, has changed colour, is growing mould, and has been responsible for a large number of fly hatchings. I'm suddenly regretting the decision to write this up while I try to eat lunch.

Andy Holbrook, Collection Care Manager at Museum of London, told the London Evening Standard:

“Since we opened Fatberg! we have seen an increase in visitors… We’ve also had people sending in work they have created that’s been inspired by the fatberg. We have seen poems, stories, drag acts; there’s even a musical in the works.”

Come on, a musical? That's pushing things a bit far. At least it's not Rule 34.

The exhibit is supposed to end this week, but the Museum is considering all its options given the fatberg's importance of showing how temperamental sewer systems can be when you build a giant city on Victorian infrastructure.

“We are considering whether we should keep fatberg as part of our permanent collection. We’re exploring the possibility of keeping the fatberg in quarantine within the museum’s stores, which would mean that it will be available for future generations of Londoners to discover.”

Find a good way to preserve it, is my suggestion. If it's already mouldy and used as a fly nursery, it's not going to stick around forever. [Standard]