Find out more about the park in South London where you can Walk with Dinosaurs – although these are not as we imagine them now. These Dinosaurs were ‘given flesh’ in the first attempt at three-dimensional life-like reconstructions when they formed the centrepieces of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins’s inspired Crystal Palace geological islands. More here
Ellinor Michel chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs http://cpdinosaurs.org/ gave a talk in Lewes 9 February 2018 for the Gideon Mantell Memorial Lecture* about the challenges and importance of these models. She is a taxonomist and evolutionary biologist at the Natural History Museum.
* Mantell was born in St Mary’s Lane Lewes on 3 February 1790 and spent much of his life in Lewes as doctor, geologist, early palaeontologist and writer. Every year around this time we invite a speaker on a related theme to present a talk.
For more information on the dinosaur park in Sydenham see the short films here:
The Lost Valley of London Hat’s off to Anthony M R Lewis for his film about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. This shows how much fun a visit to Crystal Palace dinosaurs can be. Exciting to see what an imagination gone wild can produce.
The Seven Deadly Agents of Destruction: outlines the different ways in which the sculptures in the park need protecting
Back to Life The Dinosaurs inspire, and conservation work keeps these impressive Victorian sculptures vibrant and intact for future generations celebrated in this new documentary short by award winning film maker Tal Amiran. It features conservation work done over the winter of 2016-17 on eight of the water-based sculptures. The conservators speak about their work, their feelings for the sculptures and the magical sense of the site.