Natural History Museum

Stegosaurus Plinth

Paragon Creative was recently commissioned to create a plinth which would house the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton in the world.

The dinosaur existed around 150 million years ago was discovered in 2003 in Wyoming US. It now proudly stands on display at London's Natural History Museum.

Our design brief and challenge was to produce a plinth which supported the Armature for the Stegosaurus without the plinth actually touching the Armature in any way to eliminate any risk of vibration or impact movement. We designed an internal independent steel frame inside the outer plinth, which sits on bespoke shock absorbent feet. The outer plinth then surrounds and covers this inner plinth with no contact what so ever. The outer plinth is covered in two colours of (Samsung) Staron Solid Surface and each contoured layer CNC cut and fabricated to exact dimensions ensuring the contours remain exact and even, which was a challenge to both Production Design and our Solid Surface facility. The whole plinth and Armature was then erected in our Solid Surface workshop in York before being dismantled and shipped down to the Natural History Museum and erected on site behind tight security.

We also built a Staron solid surface Interpretation table, incorporating replicas of the dinosaur supplied by Propshop and Graphics and AV by the Natural History Museum.

The discovery of the 360 bones making up the specimen makes it the  most complete Stegosaurus specimen in the world. Researchers at the museum are hoping that the Stegosaurus will allow them to learn a great deal more about this rare and intriguing dinosaur species 

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1
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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

2 days ago
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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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