It is with great shock and sadness that the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership share the news of the death of Michael Hanlon, founder, CEO and the inspiration behind Jurassica. Michael’s vision to create a world class Jurassic Coast attraction on Portland inspired people, both locally and from around the world.
Sam Rose, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Manager said: “Michael’s passion galvanised many people to develop an interest in the World Heritage Site, and in a subject that he loved. Our thoughts are with Michael’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time”.
Michael died of a heart attack just as he left a Jurassica board meeting. He leaves behind his son Zachary, his wife Elena, from whom he was separated, and his partner Alison. He leaves too an incredible vision for how to bring to everyone the wonder of the Jurassic Coast and the lost world of Jurassica.
Sir David Attenborough, Patron of Jurassica, said: “Michael was a great visionary with a wonderful idea to bring the past to life, an idea without parallel.”
We hope that Michael’s dream and vision lives on. His energy and commitment to bring the stories of the Jurassic Coast alive to a huge audience will be sorely missed.