DINO DISPLAY HEADS TO PETERBOROUGH


At last, we will finally get to see a long awaited roar-some dinosaur exhibition inside Peterborough Cathedral this summer!


The spectacular Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition, T. rex: The Killer Question was due to be shown in 2020 and 2021 but was delayed due to the pandemic. Now it’s finally set to take over the city’s iconic building from July 18 – September 3.



This world class exhibition has nine roaring and moving animatronic dinosaurs of various sizes, including a three-quarter size T. rex. A 12-metre-long static model of a T. rex and a life-size T. rex skeleton will also be on show, facing each other across the Cathedral transepts.


Photo: The Natural History Museum London


The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said it’s bound to be a popular attraction – “We’re excited that after a long wait due to the pandemic we are now able to bring this wonderful exhibition to the Cathedral. We know that many people, children especially, are fascinated by these pre-historic creatures and this will be a fantastic opportunity to see them right here in Peterborough rather than travelling to London.


“Of course, reflecting on the extinction of dinosaurs long ago will also help us to explore very current environmental issues like the diversity of species and how many of them are vulnerable to extinction. These are big questions about God’s creation and the responsibility we have as human beings to care for it and protect it.”


Photo: The Natural History Museum London


The exhibition poses the killer question: Was T. rex a ferocious hunter or a mere scavenger? To help visitors think about this, the exhibition presents scenes showing the behaviour of several different dinosaur species, from the small and agile Sauronitholestes, to the savage Dromaeosaurus and the plant-eating Tenontosaurus. It also shows examples of bones and fossils to see what they can tell us about T. rex.


Photo: The Natural History Museum London


Brad Irwin, Head of Global Engagement at the Natural History Museum hopes the exhibition will inspire greater care for the planet.


“We are thrilled to be bringing T. rex: The Killer Question to Peterborough at last. We hope that the exhibition will be able to educate and entertain an entirely new audience about dinosaurs, specifically the awe-inspiring T. rex. It is our hope that these exciting animals that once roamed the earth can inspire a love of the natural world and motivate people to become advocates for the planet.”



It is expected that tickets for the exhibition will go on sale within the next few weeks.

The Cathedral is inviting people to join ‘Team T.rex’ for an alert as soon as booking opens and for other news about the exhibition. To join free, email t.rex@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.


The exhibition has been made possible by practical help or financial contributions from local companies including Anglia Compressors, Henson Crisp Independent Financial Advisers, Speed Agency and Aspray Peterborough. Any other companies interested in becoming sponsors are invited to email dawn.caplin@peterboroughcathedraltrust.org.uk or call 01733 355311.


For more details on the T. rex: The Killer Question exhibition head to www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/t.rex

All Photos: The Natural History Museum London

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