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DINOSAUR ISLE - A MUSEUM UNDER THREAT
THE FUTURE OF DINOSAUR ISLE
Some of you may know of the Dinosaur Isle Museum on the Isle of Wight.
This is a vibrant if provincial museum on the south coast of England
that attracts some 70,000 visitors a year.
Its collection is one of the oldest dating back to the 1840s. It has
many unique specimens including three dinosaur holotypes - Neovenator
salerii, Eotyrannus lengi and Yaverlandia bitholus as well as a
pterosaur Caulkicephalus trimicrodon. Similarly there are many unique
examples of crocodiles, turtles and two sauropods that await further
Much of the collections have been denoted by members of the public and
amateur collectors – often giving their lifetimes work. Several major
finds in the last year are a result of the public having confidence in
the museum as a professional and enduring institution.
The Isle of Wight Council has decided to ‘dispose of the building’
which was built with lottery funds and are effectively putting it out
to tender as an attraction. The Friends of the Museum sees the
preferred option as the IWCC setting up a trust. This has been the
route for every other museum in the country as far as I am aware but
doesn't seem to impress the Island's Council.
This museum and the continuance of its collection may well be under
threat. If you have had any dealings with the museum or wish to support
us, any comments or e-mails can be appended to our submission to the
Council and would be received with gratitude. Alternatively I would be
happy to give you more details.
From Dr Jeremy Lockwood, Chair –The Friends of Dinosaur Isle