Dinosaur exhibition – including a 200 million year old fossil – on display at Wisbech Museum

PUBLISHED: 16:28 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 08 August 2018

Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: Submitted

Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: Submitted

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Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is running at Wisbech Museum throughout the summer.

Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: SubmittedDinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: Submitted

Inspired by a giant 200-million year-old fossil in its collection, the museum is holding the exhibition and events throughout August.

Organisers say “families are queuing up” to see the replica dinosaur skeletons which have been loaned by Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge.

Robert Bell, assistant curator, said: “It’s all about dinosaurs over the summer holiday with exciting loans from our partners at Cambridge Museums.

Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: Submitted Dinosaur fans are in for a treat as a free exhibition is available at Wisbech Museum all summer. Picture: Submitted

“The project continues into the autumn term so schools can use our resources to study fossils and the world of the dinosaurs for a national curriculum topic.

“We are lucky to have on permanent display a fossil of the massive jawbone of a temnodontosaurus marine reptile found in Lyme Regis.

“It was donated to our museum in Victorian times by amateur paleontologist the Rev Chauncy Hare Townshend.

“Now our model-maker Fred White has made a lifesize skull and backbone of the whole beast out of recycled plastic materials and we’ve suspended it over the main display hall. It’s 13-metres long!

“On August 10 and 22 and September 1, Fred is holding holiday workshops for children to make shoals of the small animals the temnodontosaurus would have eaten to add to the display.

“And when the autumn term starts, each school will be decorating a section of the ribcage to match the head.”

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit: www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk

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