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Dinosaurs, Harryhausen, And Me

On 10 March 2018, an exhibition will open at Valence House featuring many original models from The Ray And Diana Harryhausen Foundation, made famous in films such as Jason And The Argonauts, Clash Of The Titans, and Mysterious Island.

Models on display will include Gwangi the Tyrannosaurus, Lope and the Ornithomimus from The Valley Of Gwangi, skeletons and the Hydra from Jason And The Argonauts, and Pegasus the winged horse, Bubo the owl, and Medusa the gorgon from Clash Of The Titans. These will be accompanied by original sketches made by Ray Harryhausen of scenes from the films.

Also included in the Harryhausen material will be several dinosaurs such as a Styracosaurus and a Ceratosaurus, as well as an Eohippus.

The exhibition has been inspired by the work of Alan Friswell, who taught himself to make models of animals. Alan was inspired by the work of Ray Harryhausen, and after studying animation at Barking College, went on to make models for Hollywood films.  When Alan saw that Ray Harryhausen was looking for someone to conserve his famous film models, he knew that he was the only man for the job.  At his interview, Ray gave Alan the model of Lope, the boy from The Valley Of Gwangi, to conserve as a test of his skills.  Happy with his work, and sensing a rapport between them, Ray commissioned Alan to conserve the models from his many films. Some of Harryhausen models on display are those which Alan has worked on.

Opening on March 10th, Dinosaurs, Harryhausen, And Me will run until June 30th, 10am-4pm. Find out more at:

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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