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Trustees

We have a set of trustees, who are responsible for financial oversight and executive governance. Trustees are:

Management Board

Friends also operates a management board. This meets meets on a regular basis to co-ordinate our many projects and our month-to-month activities. We are all volunteers.

Ellinor Michel (chair of the Friends)

Dr Ellinor Michel

Ellinor Michel

I am a taxonomist and evolutionary biologist at the Natural History Museum. My research focus is on African freshwaters, especially the species radiations in ancient lakes of the East African Rift.

I’ve always had a strong interest in the history and philosophy of science; that, combined with my commitment to making a difference to my local community, made it pretty clear that the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs would become a focus for my efforts. The ‘Dinos’ are stellar for a range of reasons – their construction heralded a major paradigm shift in the history of science, as they were the first life-sized reconstructions of extinct animals; they were ground-breaking for the history of public engagement, as the first big scale edu-tainment on natural history; and they are also just incredibly beautiful and stunningly cool as sculptures. When you walk among them you feel like you are living ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.

By preserving these Grade 1 heritage assets and building an educational engagement programme around them, we hope to convey excitement about key ideas in natural science for generations to come.

nhm.academia.edu/EllinorMichel | e.michel@nhm.ac.uk

 

Erykah Brackenbury (secretary)

Erykah Brackenbury

Erykah Brackenbury

I work in postgraduate medical training and sporadically as a freelance journalist. I am a huge fan of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and love that they are a snapshot in time and an incredible insight into the history of scientific thought.

 

 

 

 

 

Liesa Brierley

Liesa Brierley

Liesa Brierley

I am an objects conservator experienced with hands-on conservation of inorganic materials, conservation methodology and material science. I am looking forward to helping with their preservation, which should make for an interesting challenge! Living just round the corner from the dinosaurs I see them almost daily, yet cannot imagine ever tiring of them.

I have previously worked at the Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum and am currently a preventive conservator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. From 2010 to 2012 I was on the committee of the Institute of Conservation’s Ceramics and Glass Conservation Group and since 2009 I have given two annual lectures to conservation students at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. I have also been lucky to work as an excavation conservator in Tell Brak, Syria with the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge.

Examples of my previous conservation projects include the ‘Blaschka Glass Models’ at the Natural History Museum and the Neolithic Statues of ‘Ain Ghazal at the Institute of Archaeology.

liesa.brierley@googlemail.com

Joe Cain

Professor Joe Cain

Joe Cain

I’m a university professor with expertise in the history of evolutionary biology and palaeontology. This includes Darwin and Darwinism. I’m fascinated with the period 1800-1850, when British geologists led the world in thinking about “deep time” – the idea that Earth has a long history, and fossils are bits from previous chapters in that history. This takes history far beyond science, into questions about the meaning and purpose of life on Earth. Indeed, the statues in Crystal Palace Park spoke to those questions as much as they illustrated some of the most exciting new discoveries of science in their day.

I’m a passionate advocate for the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. In my day job, I’m Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology at University College London and Head of Department for UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies.

I’m also a Crystal Palace local. The park and its cultural heritage are close to my heart. I’m delighted to do my bit to help conserve them and to promote thinking about the questions they raise.

www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/cain | J.Cain@ucl.ac.uk

 

Anthony M R Lewis

Anthony M R Lewis

Anthony M R Lewis

I’m a tour guide for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and English Heritage; a voiceover artist for Travel Channel and Sony; and an online documentary maker featuring on londonist.com. While producing my ‘Lost Valley of London‘ adventure series, I became utterly enamoured with the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. To me these sculptures represent everything unexpected,mysterious and exciting about London heritage: the thrill of discovery, the wild-ride of history and the inspiration of human endeavour. I am honoured to join the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and promote these magnificent beasts’ conservation.

www.lostvalley.london

Lois (Trilobite) Olmstead

Trilobite Olmstead

Lois (Trilobite) Olmstead

I am Communications and Web Coordinator for Autograph ABP. My speciality is in website development, online content and social media.

Trilobite.Olmstead@gmail.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Richter

Karl Richter

Karl Richter

I joined Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs because I want to make sure that our local community assets are properly looked after. I am also Chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway, a related heritage project in Crystal Palace Park, and CEO of EngagedX, a company developing market infrastructure to unlock more socially motivated investment.

karlhrichter.com | khrichter@gmail.com
 

Lynsey Rowe

I’m a senior arts administrator with over 15 years of working in the public sector including significant experience of funding and managing major arts Lottery-funded building projects as a key member of Arts Council England’s Capital team.  As such, I’ve worked closely with English Heritage, CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), Heritage Lottery Fund, regional funding agencies and local authorities on a range of heritage and cultural capital projects.
I’ve lived in the Crystal Palace area – only metres from the Lower Lake area of the park – for the past eight years and the longer I live here, the more I love the place and the people.  Coincidentally, I also have links with Lyme Regis and the wonderful, dinosaur-centric Jurassic Coast through my family and being a trustee for a brilliant SW-based theatre company, Shanty Theatre.
So when I heard about the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, I was very excited to combine my interests, skills and enthusiasm and work with a hugely knowledgeable and talented team in the conservation and promotion of a major local cultural and historical asset – the CP dinosaurs!

 

Joe Sullivan (Treasurer)

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

I am a museum education professional, currently working at The Grant Museum of Zoology and Brooklands Museum, and serving on the board of the London Museums Group. The reason I got into museums and heritage as a career is due to a genuine love of interpreting history and the view that you need to enjoy your job otherwise you’re wasting you time – a thought process that was initially stoked age 5 by Dinosaurs.

The first time I read about the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs was in a magazine in 1991 (appropriately called ‘Dinosaurs!‘), which featured cartoons about palaeontological history, including of course the Crystal Palace sculptures. Being a Londoner myself I found their nearby locality fascinating, as well as the window it gave me into scientific interpretation in the Victorian times. Fired by that same interest for well over a decade, I later worked at several dinosaur museums and exhibitions, gained qualifications in Prehistoric Archaeology and Museum Studies, and worked my way through the sector to the point where I can now help to actively contribute to the maintenance, interpretation and public enjoyment of the sculptures.

 
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