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* Winter Talk by Naomi Stevenson titled Crystal Palace – the First Jurassic Park
Wednesday January 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Crystal Palace – the First Jurassic Park
“The Crystal Palace dinosaurs are a window back in time, taking us to when early palaeontologists were making sense of remains unearthed by both man and nature.
This talk looks back to 1852 when the sculptures were commissioned for the Crystal Palace’s relocation to Sydenham from Hyde Park. When the sculptures were unveiled in 1854, they showcased dinosaurs proper – Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus and Megalosaurus – and many other reptiles which were known and shown here, including Dicynodons, marine ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, flying pterosaurs… All were placed in context, and the reptiles are amazing geological reconstructions. Now-extinct Tertiary mammals were not ignored and are equally prominent. The sculptures were a major attraction, the Jurassic Park of their time.
Knowledge advanced rapidly and the Crystal Palace models started looking wrong and dated. They fell into disrepair but are now seen as massively important historically (they are Grade 1 listed!) and underwent a major renovation not that many years ago. In spite of that, they are looking very sorry for themselves and are in need of further repairs. This work is now underway; the Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs have just refurbished the standing iguanodon.”
Costs for entry are as follows :
Entry is free for Members of the SDGS.
Students in full time education and for non-members for single meetings are £3.
You can also apply for Membership on the night.