Sir David Attenborough Coming to York to Open New Dinosaur Exhibition

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sir David Attenborough will officially open the Yorkshire Museum’s major new exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World on Friday March 23.

The 91 year old naturalist and television presenter will take a guided tour of the exhibition which looks at the changing landscapes of Jurassic Yorkshire and the huge creatures which inhabited them.

York school children will be given the chance to meet him through a competition and pairs of tickets to the opening will be given to lucky YMT Card holders.

Sir David Attenborough said:

“I am delighted to be coming to York to open Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. I have been interested in palaeontology and the world of dinosaurs and sea dragons since I was a child. It remains a subject which still fascinates and excites me to this day.

“I am looking forward to coming to see the internationally significant collections and also to experience the technology which is helping to bring these magnificent creatures to life in new and imaginative ways. I am also looking forward to meeting school children from York and hearing their opinions and questions on the natural world.”

Reyahn King, chief executive of York Museums Trust, said:

“We are thrilled that Sir David Attenborough is able to join us for the opening of Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. His expertise and passion for natural history and in particular palaeontology is unparalleled and we feel extremely fortunate that he is coming to share this with us at the opening of a very special exhibition.

“We are also delighted he will also be using his unique abilities to communicate the wonders of the natural world to York school children, who will have the chance to meet him and ask questions.”

Sir David Attenborough will visit on Friday March 23, with the exhibition opening to the public on Saturday March 24.

The question and answer discussion will take place in the Tempest Anderson Hall at the Yorkshire Museum. York school children will be asked to submit questions about the natural world and Sir David Attenborough’s career to York Museums Trust, with the winners being chosen to come and ask in person.