Weston Park Museum to become ‘stomping ground for dinosaurs’

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Sheffield’s largest museum will host two screenings of classic dinosaur films The land Before Time and Jurassic Park

This February half term, Handmade Cinema and Museums Sheffield are joining forces to bring two unique film screenings, and dino-themed child-friendly workshops to Weston Park Museum.


On Sunday 24 February, film lovers are invited to enjoy The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park amongst the historic collection of artefacts housed in Sheffield’s largest museum.


The award-winning community cinema is known for transforming spaces into the world of the film, and these screenings will be no exception; there’ll be dinosaurs roaming the corridors, erupting volcanoes, jungle scenery and various themed craft activities.


Creative director of Handmade Cinema, Ellie Ragdale, says: "We could think of no better place in Sheffield than Weston Park to screen two of our favourite family dinosaur films. From the narrative to the beautiful landscapes and animation, The Land Before Time is a rollercoaster ride of friendship, peril and heart.


“Jurassic Park is the epitome of dinosaur films, its pre-CGI effects still impress and paired with fast paced action and humour it makes for a thrilling watch. Both films have really stood the test of time and we can't wait to introduce them to a new audience of children.”


The Land Before Time is a classic from the 1980s, following the adventures of dinosaurs Littlefoot, Cera and friends as they navigate the difficult terrain between their home and the Great Valley where they hope to find food and their families.


Whilst Jurassic Park is Stephen Spielberg’s iconic 1990s film, following the escapades of a group of palaeontologists, scientists and children as a trip to John Hammond’s dinosaur theme park takes a turn for the worst. Handmade Cinema volunteers are currently handcrafting much of the scenery, which will bring the films to life.


Crowds at a previous Handmade Cinema screening


There is also the opportunity to offer a helping hand at the free workshop at Weston Park Museum on Friday 22 February. Children are invited to make dinosaur hand puppets and assist in crafting some giant footprints for the final screening.


In addition, participants at Zest in Upperthorpe and Buzz in Broomhall can lend a crafting helping hand on Monday 11 February and Thursday 14 February respectively.


The Land Before Time screening is 4pm on Sunday 24 February and Jurassic Park is 7:30pm on Sunday 24 February. Screening tickets are required for adults and children 4+ and tickets are available from Handmade Cinema’s website, priced at £6 per screening.

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