Stan the T. rex – A Day in the Life


He’s a big bipedal beast and he lives in Manchester! It is, of course, Stan the T. rex – one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

At an impressive 13 feet tall (at the hips) and some 40 feet in length, Stan dominates the Fossils Gallery invoking gasps of delight and the odd scream of terror from unsuspecting visitors.

He gets his name from Stan Sacrison, who found his original fossil bones in South Dakota, USA. This amateur palaeontologist and part-time plumber began digging up dino fossils at the age of eight, and became the first person to discover their second T. rex skeleton when he found Duffy some five years after Stan.

Manchester’s Stan arrived in 2004 and he’s been a major focus of attention ever since with visitors coming from near and far to see him, photograph him, give tours about him and even tie the knot in front of him.

All this got me wondering, what is life like in the Museum from Stan’s perspective? So one chilly day in February I decided to find out …

So that’s it, a typical day at the office for Manchester’s resident theropod. And, on the surface, it’s an endless parade of pictures and poses, plesiosaurs and polishing.

But look closely and you’ll see what life’s really about for Stan – firing the imaginations of the geologists, naturalists and scientists of tomorrow, inspiring art and artists, and enabling every visitor to rediscover their inner child. Now that can’t be bad for a day’s work!


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