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North West Regional Group: Family-friendly field trip - hunting dinosaurs in the 21st century

01 February 2020
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Field trip, Lecture, Regional Group
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North West Regional Group
Manchester Museum, Manchester
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Join the North West Regional Group of the Geological Society for a family-friendly talk about dinosaurs, pizza, and a visit to the Manchester Museum with Professor Phil Manning.

Following their successful plesiosaurs family event with Dean Lomax, join Phil Manning from the University of Manchester for a short lecture (approximately 30 minutes, suitable for children aged 7 and up). The lecture will be followed by pizza and an informal trip to see the dinosaurs and other extinct life in Manchester Museum's fossil gallery, accompanied by Phil.

If you have ever wondered how dinosaurs are discovered, extracted, cleaned-up and mounted for display, this is your chance to discover more. Phil will give a whistle-stop tour of some of the sites he has explored around the world over the last 30 years, and he will also offer insight to some of the latest technologies and techniques that are now available to palaeontologists, which help bring long-extinct life into sharp focus in the 21st century.

The event will run from 11.00am to approximately 2.00pm.


Professor Phil Manning, Professor of Natural History in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester

Phil is additionally the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life (ICAL) at Manchester. He is also a Scientist in Residence at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (USA), where he is currently co-leading an international team in their work on a new dinosaur-rich site in Wyoming, often called ‘Mission Jurassic’, with the ICAL team from Manchester and colleagues at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (Netherlands).

Phil is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and also a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club (New York). When he is not teaching at the University of Manchester, excavating in the field or working at a particle accelerator, you will often find Phil giving talks around the globe on the importance of understanding more about the history of life on Earth.

Cost and registration information

This event is free, but spaces are limited. To apply for a space, please email with:

  • Your name
  • Number of people you wish to book for
  • Ages of children (suitable for children aged 7 and upwards only, please)

Please note that all children must be accompanied.


Meet by the dinosaur outside Room G.03/G16, Williamson Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL 


For further information, please contact the group secretary, Catherine Kenny, via