Michael Hanlon Memorial Fund

I am writing as a friend of Michael Hanlon and trustee of Jurassica. I am sending this email to Michael’s friends, including those who attended the memorial event at the Wellcome Trust.

It is hard to believe that almost six months have passed since we lost Michael and we all miss him enormously.

A few days after Mike’s death, the trustees of Jurassica decided to continue the project – to bring to life the lost world of the Jurassic on the Isle of Portland. We made this decision as much with our heads as our hearts. It is an incredible vision, which I have been privileged to have been involved with since Mike pitched it to me in a Greenwich pub.

Over the last six months, Jurassica has moved forward to a key stage and we are ready to start preparing the planning application.

I am writing to you with an appeal and opportunity. The appeal is to ask if you would be prepared to make a donation in Michael’s memory. With the planning application and major fundraising under preparation, Jurassica needs to keep its core team going to the end of the year.

There is much work underway to raise the £55,000 needed but this is a chance for Michael’s friends, myself included, to make a decisive contribution towards realising his dream.

As we all know, Mike’s fascination with the prehistoric came from his childhood, discovering fossils on the Dorset coast. The trustees plan to set up educational visits for youngsters to the Isle of Portland so that they can be similarly enthused and inspired. Once we have secured the core team and planning permission, we intend to start work on establishing this. Donations to the fund will then be invested in these future generations of prehistory enthusiasts.

If you would like to join me in donating to Jurassica’s Michael Hanlon Memorial Fund, please go to:


I hope you consider this a worthwhile cause and we can help make Michael’s vision a reality. Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Richard Hollingham
Trustee, Jurassica

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