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Dinosaur Swing Bridge in Crystal Palace Park

23 June 2024

13:00 -14:00

The team that brought the Dinosaur Swing Bridge to life will describe the process of the bridge’s inception, evolution, and construction, how the design emerged and improved, and how a community deepened their relationship with this pivotal structure that bridges heritage old and new.

We will show you design models, drawings, prototypes and crowd-funding tools that grew support from over 600 small and major donors. You will see the bridge in action and create your own part-model of the Swing Bridge’s structural principles with a laser-cut print-out and demo. Meet architects Tonkin Liu, fabricators Cake Industries and the client, FCPD.

The significance of this Grade-1-Listed site lies beyond the inescapable delight of the concrete sculptures and landscapes from 1854 – it was a groundbreaking innovation in experiential learning through ‘edu-tainment’. This first-ever ‘walk through geologic time’ was pivotal in democratisation of public engagement with science, deserving of the most innovative, complementary structure we can build today.

Image: James Balston

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The Dinosaur Landscapes in Crystal Palace Park

Dinosaur Swing Bridge,
SW end of the Dinosaur Landscapes,

SE20 8DT

The event will be at the Dinosaur Swing Bridge, southwest end of the Dinosaur Landscapes, near the Victorian bridge at the Thicket Road gate. This is the 'Deep Time' end of the Dinosaur Islands at the edge of the railway embankment, base of the hill descending from Crystal Palace train station, just below Capel Manor College.

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Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs



Wheelchair accessible
Assistance dogs welcome
Accessible toilet
Baby Changing Facility
On-Site Parking

For queries regarding access requirements for this event please contact: .
View the LFA accessibility policy here

Please make advance contact if you have special access needs. Accessibility comes with the caveat that the talk and bridge are over approximately 10m of unmade somewhat rough ground. The bridge its self is not accessible to wheeled support such as wheelchairs or prams but determined users will be able to appreciate it from the landward side.

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