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HISTORIC MONTH FOR DINOSAUR ISLE MUSEUM

dinosaurislemillionthvisitor3Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown has enjoyed a memorable August, with records broken and the facility given national and international exposure.

The Isle of Wight Council-run facility attracted over 22,000 visitors through the doors, with many taking part in guided fossil walks. It also hosted a number of international journalists specialising in pre-historic news, and welcome programme makers from ITV as part of the channel’s Dinosaur Britain TV series.

A visit from 30 international palaeontologists also took place to complete a busy but successful month for the museum.

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General manager Peter Pusey said:

“It’s been a very busy month, not only for visitor numbers, but also for the scientific world with high-profile visitors from the pre-historic field.

“With national TV exposure and our collections at the forefront of a major conference, it really has been a memorable month for the museum.”

Councillor Ian Stephens, Executive member for tourism, culture and heritage, added:

“Dinosaur Isle remains a very popular attraction on the Isle of Wight and the August events and figurers further prove that.

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“The rise in visitor numbers will no doubt have something to do with the wet weather and people seeking indoor entertainment, but for the museum to host a prestigious conference and receive a visit from international journalists while welcoming over 22,000 visitors in August is a reflection of the hard work of staff running the facility.”

Dinosaur Isle Museum opened in August 2001 and earlier this year welcomed its one millionth visitor.

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