'Monster' fatberg: Museum makes bid to put giant lump of fat from London sewer on display

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Members of the public could one day get a close-up view of a giant fatberg discovered in a London sewer after a museum put in a bid to acquire part of the deposit for display.

The “monster” fatberg, weighing more than 10 double-decker buses, is made up of wet wipes, nappies and hardened cooking fat, and has clogged up a stretch of Victorian sewer under the busy Whitechapel Road.

Following the find, the Museum of London spoke to Thames Water about taking part of the fatberg to place in an exhibition.

Watch engineers examine the ‘monster’ fatberg




130-tonne ‘fatberg’ blocks sewer under London street


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Museum director Sharon Ament said the fatberg could be “one of the most extraordinary objects in any museum collection in London” and could provoke questions around modern-day life in big cities.

She said: “It is important for the Museum of London to display genuine curiosities from past and present London.

“If we are able to acquire the fatberg for our collection I hope it would raise questions about how we live today and also inspire our visitors to consider solutions to the problems of growing metropolises.”

The museum said it would need to be satisfied it could conserve the section before acquiring it.

The fatberg is 820ft (250 metres) long, which is more than twice the length of the Wembley football pitch, or just under four times the length of a Boeing 747.

The fatberg is more than twice the length of the Wembley football pitch

The fatberg is more than twice the length of the Wembley football pitch

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Engineers began to break down the structure this week using high-powered jet hoses before pulling the waste up into tankers and sending it to a nearby disposal site.

Thames Water said the work to remove the fatberg will continue throughout September.

The company has urged customers not to flush offending items and to throw cooking oil in the bin after letting it cool and solidify.