Sir David Attenborough coming to York to open new dinosaur exhibition

Sir David in his recent programme Attenborough and the Giant Elephant. Photograph: BBC/Humble Bee Films/Vik Manchanda

One of the giants of broadcasting will be in York this spring to open a brand new exhibition.

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.

‘Delighted to be in York’

Jurassic World is heading to the Yorkshire Museum

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.”

Sir David said he was “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.”

‘We are thrilled’

Reyahn King
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.”

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.

York schools competition

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York Museums Trust is asking classes from primary and secondary schools within the city of York to take part. Each winning school class will have the chance to ask David Attenborough three questions.

To enter the competition each school needs to submit three questions per class that they would like to ask David Attenborough on the theme of the natural world.

All entries should be submitted by email to by 5pm on February 28.

The winning classes will be invited to ask their questions to Sir David Attenborough on Friday March 23 2018 between 2.45pm and 3.45pm at the Yorkshire Museum and to visit the exhibition between 1pm and 2.30pm.

5 thoughts on “Sir David Attenborough coming to York to open new dinosaur exhibition

  1. As a David Attenbrough fan I would bring my four grandchildren aged 3 & 7 . As a family we try to teach the children to appreciate wildlife and past creatures such as dinosaurs. Its a good way to explain extinction and a way to protect creatures on our endangeres list. We would love to attend to meet this icon of humanity. I would love my grandchildren to meet him while he is still able to present as he is so inspirational.

  2. I agree totally. My dear ex husband had all his books. Yes the grown ups would like to meet him also.

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