Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Monitor

Submit your old photographs of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and help with their conservation

Time to clear out the attic, dust off those old boxes of photos and help the Dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Monitor is an exciting new project being launched in 2021 by FCPD that will use historical visitor photographs of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs to inform conservation monitoring efforts.

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and the accompanying Geological Illustrations have been in place for over 150 years and have experienced changes in colour, surrounding vegetation and conservation state. Unfortunately, the site’s history has not always been well documented, but this information is vital for informing conservation efforts and preventing further damage.

This is where you can help!

What we need

We will use these photographs to monitor long term issues affecting the sculptures, such as discolouration and colour change, moss and lichen growth, cracks and other damage, and historical conservation work. We are also interested in changes to vegetation, water levels and erosion of the surrounding environment.

Dinosaur Monitor forms part of the wider Monument Monitor project, a research collaboration between Historic Environment Scotland and the Institute of Sustainable Heritage at University College London that focuses on long-term monitoring of remote heritage sites in Scotland. Please see below and visit their site https://monumentmonitor.co.uk for further information.

Thank you very much in advance for your participation and help in this project!

Your submissions and how we use them

Before you decide whether to take part in this project, please read this this page carefully. If you have any questions please contact us using the details below.

What is the project about?
The purpose of this project is to research whether, and to what extent, visitors’ images of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and Geological Illustrations can be used for conservation purposes. We want to see wether we can extract valuable conservation data, such as colour information, scale and erosion to help with condition assessments of the sculptures and wider site.

Who is conducting the research?
FCPD will be managing the project with the help of Rosie Brigham who is conducting this research as a part of her PhD studies in the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources at University College London. Josep Grau-Bove, from the Institute of Sustainable Heritage and Lyn Wilson, from Historic Environment Scotland, are supervising the research.

What will happen to the results of the research?
Check out our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates. The results of this research will principally inform the conservation of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and Geological Illustrations. Part of the research will contribute towards Rosie’s PhD thesis, although it is possible that the results will be included in other reports, presentations, and/or academic papers.

We store all images submitted to us on an encrypted database. Prior to being uploaded, any faces contained within photographs are blurred to ensure anonymity. In order to track patterns in submissions we do store email addresses and social media account names, however, we anonymise them with a one-way hashing formula. This means that it will get turned into a string of odd characters, and we won’t be able to change them back into the original. Emails sent to us will be deleted as soon as they have been uploaded to the database. Therefore, none of the data we store will be identifiable to you.

What do we do with the photos?
We will group the images and look at them over a period of time to see if we can observe patterns of deterioration across them. By sending us your photos you give us permission to use them for these research purposes, as well as to promote the research in publications such as news articles, twitter posts or blogs. If at any time you would like to remove your photos from the project, you can email us at [email protected]

Data Protection Privacy Notice
Your personal data including images you have taken, twitter/instagram handle or email address will be processed only for the purposes outlined here and only so long as required for this research project. It will be stored on a secure encrypted database and will only be used by the research team. The data controller for this project will be University College London (UCL). The UCL Data Protection Office provides oversight of UCL activities involving the processing of personal data. The Data Protection Officer, Lee Shailer can be contacted at [email protected]

Will you ever use my details to contact me about this project or anything else in the future?
Other than responding to enquiries, thanking you for contributing to the project after submitting or sending a short post-submission survey, we will not contact you. As mentioned above, we will not store any personal contact information and we will delete submissions via email as soon as they have been uploaded.

What if I want you to remove my submission?
If, at any point you want us to remove your contributions from the project, please email us at [email protected] with the subject “Data Removal”. Please include the date and type of your submission, as well as a description of the image. We will then delete all relevant information and send you a confirmation email.

How do I find out more?
Any results will be published in our blog alongside other academic publications and papers. Alternatively, if you have questions just get in touch! Email us at [email protected]

Who can I contact to complain or express my concerns about this research?
If you are concerned about any part of this research or your participation, please contact the Supervisor, the Dissertation Coordinator and/or the Director of Ethics at the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources: Supervisor: Josep Grau-Bove, [email protected], 02031089772 • HES Coordinator: Lyn Wilson, [email protected] • BSEER Director of Ethics: Michelle Shipworth, [email protected], +44 20 3108 5991. If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact the UCL Data Protection Officer: [email protected] If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/.