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T. rex is finally heading to Peterborough Cathedral this summer as part of the Natural History Museum's touring exhibition



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A T. rex will finally make its way to Peterborough Cathedral this summer after a two-year wait.

The Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition, T. rex: The Killer Question, will be shown in the 900-year-old building from July 18 to September 3.

Plans to present the exhibition in 2020 and 2021 had to be shelved due to the pandemic.

T. rex skeleton. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
T. rex skeleton. Photo: The Natural History Museum London

This world class exhibition has nine roaring and moving animatronic dinosaurs of various sizes, including a three-quarter size T.rex. A 12-metre-long static model of a T. rex and a life-size T. rex skeleton will also be on show, facing each other across the Cathedral transepts.

The exhibition poses the killer question: Was T. rex a ferocious hunter or a mere scavenger? To help visitors think about this, the exhibition presents scenes showing the behaviour of several different dinosaur species, from the small and agile Sauronitholestes, to the savage Dromaeosaurus and the plant-eating Tenontosaurus. It also shows examples of bones and fossils to see what they can tell us about T. rex.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “We’re excited that after a long wait due to the pandemic we are now able to bring this wonderful exhibition to the cathedral. We know that many people, children especially, are fascinated by these pre-historic creatures and this will be a fantastic opportunity to see them right here in Peterborough rather than travelling to London.

T. rex. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
T. rex. Photo: The Natural History Museum London

"Of course, reflecting on the extinction of dinosaurs long ago will also help us to explore very current environmental issues like the diversity of species and how many of them are vulnerable to extinction. These are big questions about God’s creation and the responsibility we have as human beings to care for it and protect it.”

Brad Irwin, head of global engagement at the Natural History Museum said: “We are thrilled to be bringing T. rex: The Killer Question to Peterborough at last. We hope that the exhibition will be able to educate and entertain an entirely new audience about dinosaurs, specifically the awe-inspiring T. rex. It is our hope that these exciting animals that once roamed the earth can inspire a love of the natural world and motivate people to become advocates for the planet.”

Sauronithelest. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
Sauronithelest. Photo: The Natural History Museum London

It is expected that tickets for the exhibition will go on sale within the next few weeks.

The cathedral is asking people to email t.rex@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk for an alert as soon as booking opens.

T.rex: The Killer Question was last displayed in the UK at Longleat in summer 2018.

T. rex skeleton. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
T. rex skeleton. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
Dromesaur. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
Dromesaur. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
Sauronithelest. Photo: The Natural History Museum London
Sauronithelest. Photo: The Natural History Museum London


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