Digi-Dinos

Digi-Dinos

Lights, Camera, Action!

We have been working with Leicester based media company Glass Page to create eight video podacasts each about a star object in the gallery.

So far our progress has been like this..

We’ve filmed in the new gallery to do our ‘stock’ shots.  These are the bits of footage of each object in close up that will be used in between the main podcast.  I assisted the Natural Science curator Mark; lay out some of the Rutland Dinosaur’s vertebra.  It was great to see the scale once it was all laid out! 

Roger Mason, who schoolboy who found the Charnia Fossil in the 1950s was also interviewed.  He brought with him his father’s diary, a record of the find.

Most recently the team went to the British Geological Survey in Keyworth to interview Dr Phil Whilby about the work of the Charnia Research Group.  The group research fossils from the same origins as Charnia.  They get huge amounts of liquid rubber to take impressions of the rock surfaces where the fossils are!  They then can make these into replicas to study in the laboratory.  Initially when you look at the replicas you can’t really see anything, but once the light is placed at the proper angle you can really see the detail!

We also got a tour of their store and it was based in their new building called the ‘William Smith Building’ which has been built with all the latest environmental stuff to make it eco friendly.  http://www.bgs.ac.uk/collections/corestore_kw.html

 
 

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Leicester Arts & Museums Service manages six museums sites including New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area and the original museum in the city opening to the public in 1849. The museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. New Walk Museum hosts wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts, Fine Art collections and the Dinosaur & Geology galleries due to re-open in 2011.

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