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A Chicken Story

Students helped to install a 25ft chicken last week at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The chicken installation was part of a conference, hosted by Oxford University, to reveal preliminary research findings from a three-year AHRC-funded project, Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions, which looks at how humans have interacted with and bred chickens over thousands of years.

The conference had presentations from 25 researchers from six UK universities. Dinnersaurus rex (as the chicken is known) was made by CoLA pupils, under the direction of art teacher Ben Frimet. It is made from willow sticks, cling film and paper mache. Several smaller maquettes, which were also on display were made out of plastic cutlery.

Students ran badge and postcard making sessions with the public. Ben says of the trip: “The students were great with several members of the public saying that they had bags of enthusiasm, a wonderful attitude were a credit to their school. The trip was a real success and this experience will be remembered for many years to come”

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