Dinosaurs take over Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

February 29 2016
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Dinosaurs take over Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museums have partnered with dinosaur experts at the University of Bristol to deliver an exciting half day experience for school groups in the region, packed with thrilling dinosaur-related activities.

Central to the day, Dino Debs and Dino Dan will lead a 90 minute workshop, accompanied by postgraduate students from The University of Bristol. School children will be able to handle and examine fossils, get up close to The Bristol Dinosaur, take part in a dino-dig and learn about dino food chains.

Pupils will have time to explore the museum’s dinosaur gallery and permanent exhibits with their teachers. Plus, each child gets to take home a keepsake of a fossilised shark’s tooth.

Jane Hack, Senior Officer for Formal Learning at Bristol Museums, said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside dinosaur experts at the University of Bristol to put on this engaging schools event for British Science Week.

As a result, we are pleased to announce that any school that books a Dinosaur Takeover workshop at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery between 14-18 March, will also be given the chance to book a free in-school follow-up session led by postgraduate students from the University of Bristol.”

Schools that have signed up to the dinosaur takeover include SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School in Redland and QEH Junior School.

Michael Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol, said: “We are delighted to partner with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to engage young children in science.

It’s great for the students too - a break from their regular studies, but also serious, practical experience in education and learning.” Dinosaur takeover sessions are suitable for Years 1 to 4.

Workshops are bookable morning and afternoon from Monday 14 – Friday 18 March 2016. Each workshop can accommodate groups of up to 35 pupils. The workshops are charged at £6 per pupil, with accompanying adults free and the opportunity to book a complimentary in-school follow-up session led by postgraduate students from The University of Bristol.

Councillor Simon Cook, Assistant Mayor for Place with responsibility for museums, said: “These workshops are a fantastic example of how we can make learning new things fun for children.

Bristol is now a Learning City, which means that partners are working together to promote learning opportunities for everyone – however old and wherever they’re from – so I hope we’ll see even more people getting involved with our events this year.”

A special Dinosaur Takeover workshop for home educators has also been developed and will take place at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 18 March between 12.20-2pm, charged at £5 per child. Advanced booking required.

For further information see Bristolmuseums.org.uk/learning where you can subscribe to the teachers’ newsletter or e-mail museumbookings@bristolmuseums.org.uk