Organisers of the Titus: T. rex is King exhibition have now launched an exclusive series of three symposiums to complement their exhibition and to offer access to a unique panel of experts assembled just for the event.

The first of the three events, the ‘Prehistoric Secret Science Show’, will be held on Saturday 25th September at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, for European Researchers’ Night, with limited tickets available.

Open to all, though especially designed for adults and children over the age of 10 years old and running from 2.00p.m until 6:30p.m, The Prehistoric Secret Science Show will include specialist talks and workshops, plus a self-led walk of the Titus: T. rex is King exhibition with the museum’s resident T. rex expert Martin Nunn available to answer questions about the mighty T. rex in the Titus room.

The Titus: T. rex is King exhibition first opened its doors to the public in July at Wollaton Hall and organisers have reported the exhibition to be a roaring success with ticket sales over the summer exceeding expectations.

The palaeontology led ‘Secret Science’ show has been designed to offer the opportunity for those eager to learn more about prehistoric life to delve deeper into the research that is currently taking place. It’s an unmissable opportunity to learn from the UK’s top experts about the largest land carnivores to have ever walked the planet and why the T. rex was King of the Dinosaurs.

The event is set to be packed with various prehistoric-themed talks & workshops throughout the day, covering all aspects of prehistoric life including:

  • ‘Plants from the time of T. rex’ by Palaeobotanist Dr Susannah Lydon, Assistant Professor in Plant Science at the University of Nottingham.
  • A comparison convergence workshop on ‘Prehistoric animals and what is swimming now’ by Dr Tom Hartman, Programme Chair of the Masters in Biological Photography and Imaging and Tim Sexton, Species and Recording Officer from Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
  • With a background in animal biology, Palaeoartist Jed Taylor, will be running the Palaeoart T. rex workshop, offering the chance for visitors to create images of T. rex with the help of the latest scientific knowledge.
  • Talk from Palaeontologist Dr Adam Smith and children’s book author Jonathan Emmett.
  • Talks from lecturer in Environmental Science Dr Barry Lomax, and Palaeobiologist Dr Jordan Bestwick.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Eunice Campbell-Clark, said: “We are thrilled that the Titus: T. rex is King has been so successful that it has enabled the Nottingham City Museums to create a symposium in September, offering expert talks and workshops in palaeontology.

Witnessing Titus the T. rex and hearing from specialists will be a unique experience allowing visitors to Nottingham and beyond to delve into the world of a T. rex and discover palaeontology.”

Sue Mallender, Learning Programmes Science Officer, Nottingham City Museums, said: “The launch of the first Titus: T. rex is King symposium will be an extraordinary educational experience for all, where our visitors can discover all about palaeontology from dedicated speakers & workshops, as well as enjoy seeing the T. rex in a self-led walk of the exhibition. It will truly be an amazing experience and an absolute must-see.”

Although the symposium is designed for adults and children over 10 years old, the event welcomes visitors of all ages, and will be ideal for students and those with an interest in dinosaurs & palaeontology. Adult ticket £25 includes a guidebook, while the child ticket £18, contains a bag and pencil case (excluding booking fee). Children under 3 and carers are free when accompanying a paid ticket. 


The Prehistoric Secret Science Show for European Researchers’ Night.

Saturday September 25th, 2:00pm – 6:30pm.

Ticket Price is £27.50 for an adult which includes a guidebook and bag (including booking fee), and £19.80 for a child which includes a pencil case and bag (including booking fee).

Children under 3 and carers are free when accompanying a paid ticket.

Car parking charges apply. 

To book tickets please visit Wollaton Hall website: