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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2019 Awardees 2019 (Gregory Award) Peter May


Peter May, with 12 years of experience working in the palaeontology departments at the Royal Ontario Museum and Royal Tyrrell Museum, saw an opportunity to establish a company that could service the technical needs of museums locally, nationally and internationally. Incorporating Research Casting International Ltd in 1987, 32 years later with 50,000 sq ft and 35 employees it is the largest company in the world providing technical services for museums internationally. Specializing in building dinosaurs, the largest visitor draw in all major museums, Research Casting has worked with the wave of new constructions of museums and exhibits that has been going on throughout the world since 1990.

In-house functions consist of fossil preparation and conservation, molding, casting bronze casting, mounting original fossil skeletons with hand-forged external armatures, paleontological reconstruction, 3d laser scanning and printing.

Research Casting has mounted 0ver 800 hundred skeletons over the past 32 years for museums throughout the world. RCI has received major commissions from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the British Museum of Natural History in London, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the National Science Museum in Tokyo.  RCI’s work is represented in many other museums in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China and Japan.

RCI just finished a five year project with the Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History in Washington to dismantle, conserve and remount over 50 skeletons for their new fossil halls.  The installation of various skeletons at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, installing new exhibits at the University of Michigan. Now starting work with the dismantling, conserving reinstallation of the galleries at the Yale-Peabody Museum and working with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis collecting, preparing and mounting two new sauropods from the Jurassic Mile locality in Wyoming.