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The dinosaur gallery at Dudley Museum
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing

The new Dudley Museum is looking for another dinosaur to join the family at its new home at Dudley Archives.

The dinosaur gallery in the new museum, which opened on 30 September, features some old favourites including the animatronic baby T-rex, colourful deinonychus and a life size replica T-rex skull. Organisers have left space in the gallery for a new addition to the family and they’re after suggestions from the public as to what it should be.

The new museum boasts a dedicated timeline for people to walk through the different periods of the borough’s history which will include geology collections, dinosaurs and the glass making history. An informal education space and dedicated larger education rooms will host visits by schools, colleges, families and interest groups.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member responsible for tourism, said:

“The dinosaurs were a hugely popular element of the old museum, but the old layout didn’t allow us to do the collections justice. With the new building at the Dudley Archives we’ve been able to create a dedicated room, packed with models, replicas and lots of fascinating material.

“We want suggestions from the public as to which dinosaur they’d like to see in the museum, it could be a velociraptor, ankylosaurus, compsognathus, whatever they like. They can email us or post #dudleydinosaur on facebook and twitter.”

People can vote by emailing museums@dudley.gov.uk or post with the hashtag #dudleydinosaur

Youngsters visiting the museum will also be able to make the most of JAM club activities at the site. These include Exhibitales, free relaxed story telling and craft sessions, influenced by Dudley Collections and heritage aimed at families with children under 5.  Sessions run from 10am - 11am and 11.30am -12.30pm. These Dinosaurs on Friday 27 October and Christmas Magic on 24 November. Call 01384 812381 or 01384 815571 to book a free place.

The old museum in St James’s Road, Dudley, closed in December as part of a number of savings for the council.  The new museum will be at the heart of the tourism hub at Castle Hill alongside the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Zoo and Castle 

The museum can be found on facebook page (Dudley Museum at the Archives) https://www.facebook.com/dudleymuseum/ or twitter page https://twitter.com/dudleymuseum?lang=en-gb (Dudley Museum). Handles for both are @dudleymuseum

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