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Dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park

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Interest has been rekindled in the dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park. Created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins for the re-opened 1854 Crystal Palace in Sydenham, these presented the first full-size reconstructions of 15 extinct genera, including dinosaurs. In this presentation, Professor Cain will summarise work-in-progress to tie together narratives about sculptor, site, and intellectual activity. What more can we learn about process of reconstruction, participation, and meaning-making? What’s changing in our interpretations as a result of new research? Professor Cain also will summarise recent (circa 2016) conservation work in the park and raise questions about how best to steer future engagement.

This talk is part of the Sedgwick Club talks series.

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