The Dead Zoo

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Narrated by award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, the story of how the curators of the National History Museum in Dublin, popularly known as the “Dead Zoo”, were required to remove two gigantic whale skeletons from the ceiling, where they had hung since the 1890’s.

The curators, Nigel Monaghan and Paolo Viscardi, took on this enormous task in the depths of covid lockdown. Using all their skill, as well as saws, drills and other unlikely tools, over a six-month period, managed to disassemble the two whales.

This film shows the fascinating process involved, filled with tension and interest.

Production Company:
A Screenworks Production for RTÉ

1 x 60'


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