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Fundraising for Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

November 30, 2018
The Natural History Museum in London is asking for your help in preserving and making accessible a major palaeontological attraction in London. The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a series of some 30 life-size models of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in Crystal Palace Park. As well as attracting thousands of visitors a year, they have great historical importance as they date from the 1850s, were designed by Sir Richard Owen and were the world’s first life-size reconstructions of dinosaurs.  
The Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs is a charity whose mission is to enhance public access to these national treasures, and also to ensure their ongoing conservation.  Many of the models are located on an island in an artificial lake within the park. They are thereby isolated and our urgent current need is to build a bridge that will allow us to take up to 1200 adults and children a year in controlled visits to the island, as well as allowing us to undertake urgent conservation work.  At other times the models would be secured by a lockable gate half-way along the bridge. The bridge has already been designed by award-winning architects Tonkin Liu, and we are now seeking to raise £71,000 to build it. For this we have an active crowd-funding campaign that is now 65% toward its target, including a £30,000 pledge from the Mayor of London. We urgently need donations before the deadline of 17th December to ensure that the bridge is built and the dinosaurs’ future secured.

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