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Dinosaur festival kicks off across Hampshire in May

Over the next twelve months, Hampshire will be home to a number of dinosaur exhibitions as part of Dinofest 2015.

Taking place at several venues across the county, those staying in Hampshire cottages in 2015 will be able to view fascinating collections relating to prehistoric times, which will include fossils and precious objects. The majority of these have been loaned by prestigious organisations such as the Oxford University Museum, Natural History Museum and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Discover how dinosaurs once walked the earth

Natural Science and Archaeology collections will be able to be viewed by those visiting the county, as well as the animatronic dinosaur on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, which will be on display in Southampton and Basingstoke. These exhibitions will also explore the methods and new techniques used by those who study prehistoric creatures today, as well as include a fossil hunt, which is perfect for entertaining younger members of the family.

The dinosaur theme follows on from the county’s focus in the previous year, which explored the centenary of the First World War, which was hugely successful and “really immersed” people of all ages. This time, the exhibitions will go even further back and will explore this period of history with art, geology, archaeology, events and much more. Venues across the county include Winchester Discovery Centre, the Willis Museum in Basingstoke and Westbury Manor Museum.

As quoted in an article by Culture 24, Janet Owen, the chief executive of the Hampshire Cultural Trust said: “With the imminent launch of the latest Jurassic Park film we’re anticipating a resurgence of interest in these incredible creatures and expecting to see thousands of people coming through our doors over the coming months. Wherever you are in Hampshire, the dinosaurs are closer than you think.”

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