Digi-Dinos Blog

Wet as a [Barrow] Kipper

A few weeks ago the project team headed to Barrow-Upon-Soar to get local residents’ views on their village emblem. It’s the Barrow Kipper, or Plesiosaur that was found there in a limestone quarry and was bought by the museum in 1851.  As emblems go, it’s a very distinctive outline of the fossil and is featured in lots of places around Barrow.  It’s on the roundabout, the bins, the flower planters, the benches, on letter heading of organisations and also on the sign for the Parish Council offices on the High Street.

Firstly we set off to get some shots of the roundabout just off the High Street and it began to rain, and then rain, and then rain a bit more.  We really hoped that the weather wasn’t going to put people off speaking to us.  Our first stop was the post office where we found lots of interesting stories.  One man had lived in Barrow for eighty years!  Unfortunately, none of them wanted to speak on camera.  But then someone suggested we try the Barrow-upon-Soar Parish Council office next door.  Sure enough there was the village emblem on the front.

We had an interview with Michael Gilbert who is part of the Barrow-Upon-Soar Heritage Group that are very active and produce brilliant quality publications about the local area.  They also put together a fossil trail that goes around the village.

As the weather brightened up so did our day, we found lots of people who spoke enthusiastically about the fossil found in their village, the fossil trail and about their museum visits.  It was a really interesting day and we all can’t wait to see what the eventual video podcast will look like.


Museum of lively people!

Do you remember last year I wrote a blog about the BBC Programme ‘Museum of Life’?  What do you mean ‘no’?!  Read it here!

Last month in a joint trip with the other part of the Digi-Dinos Project  the team (along with a coach full of local school children and their parents) went to London to see the dinosaurs.  The weather was perfect for museum visiting – very rainy!

A lot of us hadn’t been before and on entering the museum we were all bowled over by how big and noisy the museum was.  The dinosaur gallery was full of very excited school children that marvelled at the sheer scale of some of the fossils.  The moving exhibits got the most attention, especially the T-Rex! 

 We then moved on to do some of the filming in another part of the museum for one of the video podcasts.  Mark, the Natural Science Curator at New Walk had brought with him part of an Ichthyosaur fossil which the Natural History Museum had the other half to.   We went into the Fossil Gallery, a great big space where the walls were covered with all sorts of fossils.  It was like looking at a natural art gallery.  I couldn’t find the fossil we were looking for but Mark found it straight away.  When he put them together it was like seeing two pieces of a puzzle.

 It was a really great day and by the silence in the coach on the way back (everyone was asleep!) everyone really enjoyed their visit.


Snap-shot: Simon Watkins

A new feature to the blog, a quote from a member of the Digi-Dinos project about what they are up to.

 This time Simon Watkins, a member of the design team. He says:

“Creating illustrations to support the Story Sack project has been very exciting. Having the opportunity to work with a story-teller and to witness a story literally being ‘performed’ has been inspirational and helped me to develop a better visual understanding of the characters. It’s also great fun!”


About this Sponsor

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.