Sunday afternoon walk with Iggy the Dinosaur

afternoon walk with Iggy the

In 1853, a group of eminent professors and palaeontologists held a New Year's Eve feast inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon in Crystal 's Dinosaur Court. The first full-scale reconstruction of ever attempted went on public display when the park opened in 1854.

Dinosaur remains were being discovered up and down the and dinomania was in full-swing. English sculptor and natural history Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894) was commissioned to build the figures based on cutting-edge science and theories of the time.