On Dragons and Dinosaurs

On the 1st January 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien gave his thoughts on dragonlore and dinosaurs in an illustrated lecture at the Museum not discussed anywhere else in his works.


Join our expert panel for this once-in-a-lifetime re-run of Tolkien's lecture featuring his original slides, supporting specimens, and documents. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring fantasy and children’s author Philip Pullman; palaeontologists Elsa Panciroli and Thomas Halliday; and experts on medieval and modern literature.

Entry to this event is free, but please book tickets in advance.

About the panellists:

Prof John Holmes is a professor of Victorian literature and culture whose research focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Dr Elsa Panciroli is an author and palaeontologist who researches the anatomy and evolution of extinct animals.

Philip Pulman is a best-selling author of fantasy fiction and children's fiction.

Dr Will Tattersdill is a senior lecturer in popular literature, liberal arts, and natural sciences who studies the impact of dinosaurs on the nineteenth-century.


Accessibility information:

Wheelchair accessible?


Hearing loops?






Flashing lights?


Loud noises?


For more information, please visit our accessibility webpage, or contact Chris Jarvis (chris.jarvis@oum.ox.ac.uk).