What’s happening on the Fossils Gallery?

Good question! If you’ve visited the Fossils Gallery this week you will have noticed there is some scaffolding over the Plesiosaurs display.

The reason we have put scaffolding up is to protect the Plesiosaur and Ichthyosaur models that hang from the ceiling. The models hang from hooks that originally held the gas lights when the museum first opened in the 1880s. Unfortunately the hooks run all the way through the ceiling and poke up through the floor of the Mammals gallery above.

The Fossils Gallery in the 1880s, complete with gas lights

As I’m sure you know, we have the builders in at the moment helping us create out new Living Planet Gallery which will open in Spring next year. They are lowering the ends of the gas light hooks so that they don’t poke up through the floor. The scaffolding is there to make sure the models are supported until the hooks are fixed in place again.

Sorry if this has spoiled your visit at all, but it is really important we get everything ready for the new gallery. It hopefully won’t be there for too long.

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One Response

  1. I’m pleased to say the gallery is back to normal now and the models are safe and sound!

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