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New IMAX film from Heli Films will open this year

Footage shot in the aſtermath of Hurricane Katrina and the destructive bushfires of Australia’s Black Sunday in 2009 combine with beautiful imagery of African wildlife in Te Earth Wins, the only IMAX film to be shot entirely from the air. Described as a tribute to mother earth,

the large format film was created over seven years by husband and wife team Jerry Grayson, a former search and rescue pilot in the Royal Navy and producer Sara Hine through their company Heli Films. Details:

Dinosaur attraction for Portland

Sir David Attenborough, the Eden Project’s Tim Smit and science writer Mike Hanlon are supporting proposals for Jurassica, a £85m fossil attrac- tion in Portland, Dorset. The attraction would be

created by putting a glass roof over the disused Yeolands quarry and would house thousands of fossils currently being stored by the Natural History Museum. Te attraction is likely to

include animatronic dinosaurs and immersive experiences which enable visitors to experience the earth as it was in the Mesozoic period, when Dorset was home to huge marine dinosaurs. Preliminary sketches for the project have

Once completed, the attraction could draw 950,000 visitors a year The plans show a 340ft (103.6m) long

been completed by Renzo Piano, whose archi- tectural practice, RPBW, designed London’s Shard of Glass.

Te project will open to the public in April

Somerset’s motor museum to unveil £4.2m revamp

Haynes International Motor Museum will unveil the first phase of its multi-million pound redevelopment in spring 2014. Te revamp includes new exhibitions,

display halls, a café, a shop, expansive conferencing and banqueting suites, and will provide a new façade to the museum. Te project has been privately funded

by founder John Haynes, who opened the museum with just 33 cars in July 1985. It now has 400 vehicles. Phase one will reveal the first new exhibition area, Te Black Box. Details:

Bob Dylan’s artwork set for National Portrait Gallery

Te National Portrait Gallery, London will exhibit Bob Dylan’s artwork from September, with Bob Dylan: Face Value showing 12 portraits by the 72-year-old musician. Dylan’s artworks are inspired by real

people and fictitious characters collated from his memory and imagination. Te musician is thought to have begun

painting in the late 1960s, but only started to make his work public in 2007. Dylan’s work has previously been dis-

played in the Halcyon Gallery, London. Details:


glass roof. The project will focus on sus- tainability and incorporate solar panels which would generate enough electricity for the entire site. The building has been designed to be ‘more or less invisible’. Details:

New prehistoric exhibition to be unveiled

A new exhibition exploring one million years of British history is to open at the Natural History Museum, London, in February 2014. Based on 12 years of

research led by the Museum itself, the Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story exhibition, will explore the changing faces and spaces of prehistoric Britain. Using the latest scien-

tific and display techniques, the attraction will bring rarely seen specimens to life, enabling visitors to observe British history long before the Romans, Saxons and Vikings arrived. Artefacts such as the Swanscombe skull, from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, and the Clacton spear, the oldest wooden spear in the world, are just

Te new exhibition will open to the public on 13 February 2014

some of the objects which will be on display. It’s well-documented that Britain has

one of the richest yet under-appreciated records of early human history in the world. Details:

London Met should commericialise its crime artefacts Roger Evans published the views in the

The Metropolitan Police should make its collection of crime-related artefacts available to the public to help boost income for frontline policing, according to a report written by a Conservative member of the Greater London Authority’s policing and crime committee.

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History’s Life Sentence report which claims the Met’s collections should be used as part of a visitor attraction. The collection can currently only be accessed by invitation. Details:

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