Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


12:30-13:00 Wednesday 1 June 2016

© Joe Cain

The famous dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park have been on display since the park opened in 1854. These formed the world’s first sculpture garden of life-sized, three dimensional models of dinosaurs, marine reptiles, pterodactyls, and other prehistoric beasts. There is a lot more to these sculptures than meets the eye. In this talk, historian of science Professor Joe Cain explores some of the ideas buried just beneath the surface. He will also talk about on-going efforts to conserve the statues and the site under the watchful eye of Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.

Joe Cain is Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology at University College London. Joe is an expert in the history of evolutionary biology, especially Darwin and Darwinism, and his research interests range from romantic collaborations in modern science to the famous dinosaur statues in London’s Crystal Palace.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event.