DINOBOT - The world's largest Australian Bulldog ant model, 300 times normal size, was made in Herstmonceux





The giant Australian Bulldog ant model, is not in any way connected with the generating history of Herstmonceux Museum, other than being built using their facilities, in association with Jameson Hunter Limited, for their Sectasaur, and Magic Dinobot, story development and special effects.


In the late 1970s, Max Askaroff, brother of Alex Askaroff, brought back a bulldog ant (myrmecia regularis) from his travels in Australia. Even compared to the largest wood ant in the UK, this specimen was huge, and it had attacked and eaten a tarantula and a scorpion in the same transit jar. How 'Maxy,' as he was known, managed to get them all into one large jar alive, we cannot imagine. Dangerous to say the least. That the Bulldog ant had come out victorious against such deadly foes, was impressive enough a feat, to spur all concerned on, to want to learn more about this tough little bush animal. Especially since they grow up to 40mm in length and can run faster than a man. It was the stuff of science fiction. And that, coupled with the developing disciplines of robotics, mechatronics and animatronics, triggered the as yet incomplete story: Jimmy Watson and The Magic Dinobot. The Christmas wish of a budding AI programmer.








THE MAGIC DINOBOT - Ideal as a live action network streamed TV series







Jimmy Watson is just an ordinary boy. He attends an ordinary school. He is a loner with just a few friends, and quite a few enemies. He often wanders off into a world of his own in classes, not listening to his teachers fully, on those occasions. Although he truly admires his science master, loves physics and maths lessons, and especially metalwork, when he gets to make things in steel and other exotic materials. This was all another world of wonder for young Jimmy.

Jimmy's special talent is programming. He was taught that at school quite early on. He was always in demand in teams for robot competitions. The only time he was popular at school. With his programming, and provided the robot was sturdy enough, his team would nearly always win.

Jimmy would read books on robotics from cover to cover. Sometimes, under the covers by torchlight. In the town library, he would always check out any new books on animatronics, and mechatronics. His favorite subjects. Then one day in the covers of a robotics magazine, Jimmy saw a kit for a hexapod, designed for developers of artificial intelligence.






Jimmy Watson and his magic Dinobot could be a hearwarming Christmas animation for all the family



THE MAGIC DINOBOT - Could be a Disney/Dreamworks/Pixar style animation for all the family at Christmas







Dreaming about a robot hexapod, Christmas wish


Marion finds Jimmy's moneybox


More money in the moneybox, than expected


Johnny Baxter's (The Johnson) detention, King Geek and the Geeklets


Jimmy saves hard for nine months


Mum and Dad approve of Jimmy ordering his robot parts


Dad builds Jimmy a shed for a workshop


Dad's idea for Chameleon camouflage


Jimmy begins Dinobot assembly


Dad buys Jimmy a welder, and teaches him how to use it


Jimmy installs drive motors


The wiring challenge


Raspberry Pi, Arduino and smart phone processors


Coding extravaganza


It moves


Johnny breaks into Jimmy's shed with a thug, and get tazed


Jimmy uploads AI, GPS and other enhancements


Father Christmas and the elves in the North Pole


Christmas Eve, Jimmy retires exhausted


Jimmy dreams of Santa Claus and his Dinobot coming to life


Christmas Day, Where is the Dinobot?









Anthony Maximus Antonious


The DinoBot hexapod when AI activated

Edward Thomas


British Prime Minister, an unusually honest politician

Father Christmas


Santa Claus

Field Marshall Sir Rodney Dunbar


MI6 robotics & human enhanced soldiers R&D

Felicity Victoria Morrell


Headmistress, Church of England primary school Herstmonceux

Hannibal Henderson


Physics teacher, Hailsham Community College

Jimmy Watson


Programming boy genius

Julia Roberts


A Mathlete & Jimmy's ally

King Charles III


British & Commonwealth head of state

Lady Penelope Moneysworth DBE


Private Secretary to the King & Queen

Marion Watson (Mrs)


Wife of Timothy, mother of Jimmy, retired teacher

Peter Colin Morgan


Headmaster, Hailsham Community College

Queen Camilla


Consort to King Charles III

Reginald Rippengall


Teacher, technical & IT, Hailsham Community College

Timothy Watson


British (MI6) Army General, stationed in Germany









Detective Harriet Rose Winter


Special adolescent liaison officer

Harold Holland


Chief Constable, Metropolitan police, Scotland Yard

Jamie Moonlight


School chum of Johnny Baxter, bully & vandal who hates nerds

Johnny Baxter


School bully, Jimmy's nemesis (The Johnson) 

Jack Mason


US CIA operative, enhanced soldiers programme DARPA

Inspector Nigel Matthew Coltman


Stationed at Deer Paddock, Hailsham










'Sectasaur' is an epic monster story, with shades of Jurassic Park, King Kong, Alien and Godzilla in a thrilling ride of discovery from Antarctica to Southampton, England



SECTASAUR - Movie goers seem to enjoy a good monster movie, the bigger the better: Alien, Godzilla, Jurassic Park, King Kong







This Jameson Hunter story, is a variation on the 1954 classic movie "THEM" with a tinges of Alien, Godzilla, King Kong, and "Jurassic Park" thrown in to the mix. Set in a future where the planet is boiling from fossil fuels, and the Antarctic ice cap is rapidly melting. Though not far from the truth today, this story was conceived over thirty years ago, the rights recently acquired. So far, it has only been developed in outline form. With Kulo-Luna and Cleopatra's Mummy, far ahead in development, and recently published as full (draft) scripts, as part of the John Storm franchise. Jameson Hunter, is a story developer, looking to publish graphic novels, subject to favorable market surveys.








View from the front. Anthony is actually the artwork for a book: Jimmy Watson and the Magic Dinobot, from the Jameson Hunter Ltd., stable. Deemed to be suitable for adaptation to a TV series: Jimmy dreams of building a giant robot ant as a special project, then one day his dreams come true when the robot he has built is transformed into a living, breathing, companion. CHAPTER 3, CH4, CH5


The same artwork also works as a John Storm film: SECTASAUR - OUTLINE: At a time in the not too distant future, the ice melts at both poles revealing features on the land not seen for 200 years. A converted Frigate, the US Arktos is discovered at the South Pole locked into melting ice. She has been missing since an expedition in 1838. A famous ship at the time, formerly the USS Essex, she had been bought at auction in 1837 and hastily refitted by a group of explorers who had come by a fossilized artifact thought to be of considerable archaeological importance. The fossilized jaw was said to have originated in Antarctica brought back as a souvenir by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen during his fabled 1820 expedition.

Another fantastic discovery is a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the ice, dated by scientists to be millions of years old. Mysteriously, the scientist who discovered and dated the tunnel complex disappears, but not before his find is leaked to a Sky news researcher on the Discovery channel.





In Australia it is law that building sites have to be cleared of bulldog ants before work can begin. They can paralyze a man with a single sting. So by all means study these social miracles, but be careful - they are very aggressive and they bite. 





A prehistoric Sectasaur fossil, frozen in ice






IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - (Myrmecology, Biomimetics, Ant colony optimization algorithms)

Observed by humans since the dawn of history, the behavior of ants has been documented and the subject of early writings and fables passed from one century to another. Those using scientific methods, myrmecologists, study ants in the laboratory and in their natural conditions. Their complex and variable social structures have made ants ideal model organisms. 

Ultraviolet vision was first discovered in ants by Sir John Lubbock in 1881. Studies on ants have tested hypotheses in ecology and sociobiology, and have been particularly important in examining the predictions of theories of kin selection and evolutionarily stable strategies. Ant colonies may be studied by rearing or temporarily maintaining them in formicaria, specially constructed glass framed enclosures. Individuals may be tracked for study by marking them with dots of paint.

The successful techniques used by ant colonies have been studied in computer science and robotics to produce distributed and fault-tolerant systems for solving problems, for example Ant colony optimization and Ant robotics. This area of biomimetics has led to studies of ant locomotion, search engines that make use of "foraging trails", fault-tolerant storage, and networking algorithms.








SECTASAUR - MI6 and the CIA decide to send in John Storm, an expert diver, archaeologist and enthusiastic adventurer to report on the goings on. Storm is happy to oblige if it means adding to his DNA collection for his usual fee - a hefty donation to his favourite charities. Having equipped his solar powered ship, the Elizabeth Swan, with arctic clothing and supplies, he, Dan Hawk and Charley Temple sped from the Southern Ocean to the Weddell Sea and there to Deception Island, an extinct volcano.

The team set up camp onshore and soon the trio locate the excavation site, then using the 'Ark' (a DNA database) Storm uncovers disturbing new evidence to support a theory that dinosaurs were not wiped out by a meteor striking the earth (creating an artificial ice age), but by very efficient hunting animals related to the Vespoidea or Myrmecia Giganticus taxonomic group, part of a long extinct branch of the family Formicidae of the order Hymenoptera - insects in plain speak. This strain appears to have evolved rapidly by adaptive radiation. From the evidence on site it seems that these deadly animals hunted in packs in significant numbers to overwhelm much larger animals (an example of which may be seen in 6mm army ants overcoming a 40mm bull ant and just about any animal in the jungle that gets in their way).

From DNA analysis aboard an energy depleted Elizabeth Swan, Storm estimates that this species grew to between 3-5 metres and that they were warm blooded with a high tolerance to low temperatures, with a kind of lung to supply vast amounts of oxygen to their spiracles via an organ pumped dorsal aorta to the other organs in an otherwise classic exoskeleton arrangement. Storm and Hawk realize the danger if such a creature were ever to be introduced on the mainland and with evidence that eggs have been removed from the site, alert MI6 and the CIA to the danger.



SECTASAUR™ - CHAPTERS (suggested sequence order)




CHAPTER 1: US ARKTOS 1838 EXPEDITION - The ice melts at both poles revealing features on the land not seen for thousands of years. A converted Frigate, the US Arktos is discovered at the South Pole locked into melting ice, then freed.

CHAPTER 2: TUNNEL COMPLEX - Discovery of a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the ice, dated by scientists to be many millions of years old, is leaked to Jill Bird, BBC world service, via Sky news and Discovery Channel. Supporting John Cleves Symmes theory of 1818.

CHAPTER 3: GOLD RUSH - Three expeditions launched by competing concerns, Swedish led by Bjorn Atlas, Multinational headed by Cathy Carter, backed by the CIA. The third funded by Chinese pharmaceutical giants, led by Lin Po Chang.

CHAPTER 4: CALL FOR JOHN STORM - MI6 and the UN decide to send in John Storm and the Elizabeth Swan. Dan Hawk and Charley Temple speed from the Southern Ocean to the Weddell Sea and there to Deception Island, an extinct volcano.


CHAPTER 5: IT'S MURDER ON THE ICE - Several fatal accidents occur in quick succession, then an egg clutch is discovered in a section of a tunnel. Chang eliminates the remaining opposition. Then nurtures one egg through a simulated incubation.

CHAPTER 6: BOUND FOR ENGLAND - The creature is smuggled aboard Ice Patrol survey vessel 'KoolArctic' bound for England, eats two crew members. Second mate on KoolArctic reports the chaos aboard vessel to the British Admiralty, abandons ship.

CHAPTER 7: BASECAMP - John's team set up camp onshore, locate the excavation site, using the 'Ark' (a DNA database) Storm uncovers disturbing new evidence to support theory that dinosaurs were not entirely wiped out by a meteor striking the earth.




CHAPTER 8: WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH - Confirmed, they lived when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Dinosaurs starve in volcanic/asteroid winter. Sectasaurs have higher tolerance to freezing conditions, eat competition, then hibernate.

CHAPTER 9: WORST FEARS CONFIRMED - From DNA analysis aboard energy depleted Elizabeth Swan, Storm estimates species grew to between 3-5 metres, were warm blooded with high tolerance low temperatures. Team realize danger to humans, alert MI6 & CIA to the danger.

CHAPTER 10: - ATLANTIC EXPRESS - Storm and crew head to England at high speed. Meanwhile Chang has landed in Portsmouth.

CHAPTER 11: HAMPSHIRE - The giant prehistoric animal jumps ship, feeds on ponies, gaining attention of Hampshire police, relayed to MI6 and thence to John Storm.

CHAPTER 12: BUCKLERS HARD - Storm head up the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard, following pony corpses toward a wooden area near Worts Gutter (Furzey Lane). Storm calls MI6 for backup.

CHAPTER 13: CAT & MOUSE - Storm and Temple play cat and mouse with Sectasaur - when the giant insect came up from behind over the brow of a ravine and knocks Charley nearly unconscious. Storm strikes the creature with an axe, causing partial shock. 




CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID - Charley and John patch creature's wound with antiseptic and bandages. The giant insect feigns immobility. Understands dialogue between John and Charley is not aggressive or threatening, and marks these two humans down as allies.

CHAPTER 15: SECTASAUR RESCUES JOHN - John panics with axe. Creature lashed out in reflex throwing John over a ledge. John at the mercy creature. The huge insect puts itself at risk to pull John up to safety. Meanwhile government troops are closing in.

CHAPTER 16: PUZZLING SITUATION - John dusts himself, while magnificent insect cleans itself. John offers hand palm up to the creature. The animal studies with both feelers, tickling him. John's heart pounding, at risk of amputation, enjoying leap of faith.

CHAPTER 17: ALL FRIENDS - Charley joins from bracken and saw the interaction between John and the insect. She proffers her hand, the prehistoric insect smelled her all over with its antennae. Charley giggled at the friendly touch.

CHAPTER 18: HOSTILE FIRE - Troops fire wounding animal. John & Charley both leap in front of insect yelling to stop firing, but Charley is shot in the arm and screams. The giant insect moves to protect them both from the gunfire, taking more hits and one to the head.

CHAPTER 19: ATTACK SUBSIDES - John and Charley shout as loud as they can, stopping firing. They reach insect. It raised its feelers, Charley and John take one each, and the trio embraced for a minute, then the creature subsided its antenna went limp - it was gone. 


CHAPTER 20: NO REMORSE - John & Charley welling up inside, tears. A well-built soldier is delighted at kill. "Yes," cried the soldier. "Yes," said John, punching the soldier out. Up to that point other military thought they had saved their lives.

CHAPTER 21: EPILOGUE & DEBRIEFING - John files a report with the United Nations and MI6, advising of a great loss to science. Keep watching brief for any repeats, finds, etc. Antarctic Area 51.









Ants perform many ecological roles that are beneficial to humans, including the suppression of pest populations and aeration of the soil. The use of weaver ants in citrus cultivation in southern China is considered one of the oldest known applications of biological control. On the other hand, ants may become nuisances when they invade buildings, or cause economic losses.

In some parts of the world (mainly Africa and South America), large ants, especially army ants, are used as surgical sutures. The wound is pressed together and ants are applied along it. The ant seizes the edges of the wound in its mandibles and locks in place. The body is then cut off and the head and mandibles remain in place to close the wound.

Some ants of the family Ponerinae have toxic venom and are of medical importance. The species include Paraponera clavata (Tocandira) and Dinoponera spp. (false Tocandiras) of South America and the Myrmecia ants of Australia.

In South Africa, ants are used to help harvest rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), which are small seeds used to make a herbal tea. The plant disperses its seeds widely, making manual collection difficult. Black ants collect and store these and other seeds in their nest, where humans can gather them en masse. Up to half a pound (200 g) of seeds may be collected from one ant-heap.

Although most ants survive attempts by humans to eradicate them, a few are highly endangered. Mainly, these are island species that have evolved specialized traits. They include the critically endangered Sri Lankan relict ant (Aneuretus simoni) and Adetomyrma venatrix of Madagascar.

It has been estimated by E.O. Wilson that the total number of individual ants alive in the world at any one time is between one and ten quadrillion (short scale). According to this estimate, the total biomass of all the ants in the world is approximately equal to the total biomass of the entire human race.








Ark, The

The world's largest, most comprehensive interactive DNA database


A digital communication interface for the human brain

Captain Nemo

AI onboard computer system

Charley Temple

Researcher & camerwoman, good friend of John Storm

CyberCore Genetica

The world's smallest, fastest and most powerful nano supercomputer

Dan Hawk

Electronics & computer wizard, crew member Elizabeth Swann

Dr Roberta Treadstone

Blue Shield, Newcastle University, England

Elizabeth Swann

Fastest solar/hydrogen ship & floating laboratory

Excalibur, Pendragon & Merlin

Anti piracy weapon & ship security system

George Franks

Legal and intelligence trust manager, Swindles & Gentry

Gohsts of Explorer's past

Hauntings of Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott & Roald Amundsen

HMM Atlantic Express

A container cargo vessel operated by Huyndai Merchant Marine

HMS KoolArctic

'Arktiki,' British Antarctic Survey icebreaker


The onboard AI supercomputer ship manager

Jeep Cherokee

John Storm's trusty 4x4 with eco conversion

Jill Bird

Senior BBC news world service anchor

John Storm

Ocean adventurer, amateur anthropologist, & marine archaeologist

Katy, Kitty

The ships cat and lucky mascot

King Charles III

British & Commonwealth head of state

King William V

British & Commonwealth head of state

Musket Meloni

Billionaire conservationist philanthropist

Pope Peter Benedict

Spiritual friend of John Storm

Professor Douglas Storm

John Storm's uncle, designer of Elizabeth Swann

Professor Jacques Pierre Daccord

UNESCO sunken realms division, conservationist

Patricia Leopard

Cleopatra's assumed name (Trish)

Sam Hollis

BBC & Sky freelance investigative reporter Caribbean regions

Scott Tremaine

Treasure hunting professional & ships captain

Shui Razor

Japanese privateer, ocean conservationist and historian

Sir Rodney Baskerville

Professor of Maritime History & oceanographer

Steve Green

Freelance reporter, friend of Charley Temple

Suki Hall

A marine biologist, admirer of John's work

Tom Hudson

Sky News Editor, always looking for an exclusive

Trisha Lippard

Cleopatra's call sign to protect her royal identity

UK Prime Minister

UK's leading politician (Honest Johnson) a truthful candidate




Bjorn Atlas

Swedish venture lead (headstrong freelancer)

Cathy Carter

Antarctic explorer (CIA) US & Canadian group

Fabian Gottlieb Bellingshausen

Russian Admiral discovered Antarctica & fossilized insect jaw

John Cleves Symmes

Army Captain, Ohio, USA, 1818 Antarctic hole theory

King Kong

Giant prehistoric Sectasaur dino-insect trying to survive

Kublai Shi Jinping

Chinese paleo-biologist, pharmacological expert

Lin Po Chang

Child genius & martial arts champion (Chinese Pharma+)

Lord James Huntington

Opportunist, British Geographical Society

Sergeant Rhino

Harry Windsor, Army Reserve, Pt. Squadron, Southampton

Sir Rodney Baskerville

Professor of Maritime History & oceanographer

Sven Johansson

Bjorn's Swedish Navigator & geologist

Xi Wu Khan

Chinese geological scientist & martial arts expert







JIMMY WATSON - Having built his giant robot ant, it comes to life to play. When his mother finds out, there will be hell to pay. Jimmy had not thought that far ahead. Fortunately, Anthony, freezes when other humans appear.





According to Bard and Bing, deserving of being made into a movie blockbuster     The most famous woman in the world is reincarnated: Cleopatra lives again, Isis reborn



OTHER TITLES - Cleaner Ocean Foundation has produced two full scripts for the above stories.





Ants form symbiotic associations with a range of species, including other ant species, other insects, plants, and fungi. They also are preyed on by many animals and even certain fungi. Some arthropod species spend part of their lives within ant nests, either preying on ants, their larvae, and eggs, consuming the food stores of the ants, or avoiding predators. These inquilines may bear a close resemblance to ants. The nature of this ant mimicry (myrmecomorphy) varies, with some cases involving Batesian mimicry, where the mimic reduces the risk of predation. Others show Wasmannian mimicry, a form of mimicry seen only in inquilines.

Aphids and other hemipteran insects secrete a sweet liquid called, honeydew, when they feed on plant sap. The sugars in honeydew are a high-energy food source, which many ant species collect. In some cases the aphids secrete the honeydew in response to ants tapping them with their antennae. The ants in turn keep predators away from the aphids and will move the them from one feeding location to another. When migrating to a new area, many colonies will take the aphids with them, to ensure a continued supply of honeydew. Ants also tend mealybugs to harvest their honeydew. Mealybugs may become a serious pest of pineapples if ants are present to protect mealybugs from their natural enemies.

Myrmecophilous (ant-loving) caterpillars of the butterfly family Lycaenidae (e.g., blues, coppers, or hairstreaks) are herded by the ants, led to feeding areas in the daytime, and brought inside the ants' nest at night. The caterpillars have a gland which secretes honeydew when the ants massage them. Some caterpillars produce vibrations and sounds that are perceived by the ants. Other caterpillars have evolved from ant-loving to ant-eating: these myrmecophagous caterpillars secrete a pheromone that makes the ants act as if the caterpillar is one of their own larvae. The caterpillar is then taken into the ant nest where it feeds on the ant larvae.







BULLDOG ANT - The real ant, all the way from Australia, is an exhibit at Herstmonceux Museum.






Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies sometimes are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study. Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication, and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. Their ability to exploit resources may bring ants into conflict with humans, however, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant, are regarded as invasive species, establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.

The word ant is derived from ante of Middle English which is derived from æmette of Old English and is related to the Old High German āmeiza, hence the modern German Ameise. All of these words come from West Germanic *amaitjo, and the original meaning of the word was "the biter" (from Proto-Germanic *ai-, "off, away" + *mait- "cut"). The family name Formicidae is derived from the Latin formīca ("ant") from which the words in other Romance languages such as the Portuguese formiga, Italian formica, Spanish hormiga, Romanian furnică and French fourmi are derived. It has been hypothetized that a Proto-Indo-European word *morwi- was used, cf. Sanskrit vamrah, Latin formīca, Greek myrmex, Old Church Slavonic mraviji, Old Irish moirb, Old Norse maurr.







ROBOTICS - As a machine, hexapods can traverse extremely rough terrain. At this size, they can rescue humans, or walk on the surface of planets, where Moon Buggies are unsuitable.






Ants are found on all continents except Antarctica, and only a few large islands such as Greenland, Iceland, parts of Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands lack native ant species. Ants occupy a wide range of ecological niches, and are able to exploit a wide range of food resources either as direct or indirect herbivores, predators, and scavengers. Most species are omnivorous generalists, but a few are specialist feeders. Their ecological dominance may be measured by their biomass and estimates in different environments suggest that they contribute 15–20% (on average and nearly 25% in the tropics) of the total terrestrial animal biomass, which exceeds that of the vertebrates.

Ants range in size from 0.75 to 52 millimetres (0.030–2.0 in), the largest species being the fossil Titanomyrma giganteum, the queen of which was 6 centimetres (2.4 in) long with a wingspan of 15 centimetres (5.9 in). Ants vary in colour; most ants are red or black, but a few species are green and some tropical species have a metallic lustre. More than 12,000 species are currently known (with upper estimates of the potential existence of about 22,000) (see the article List of ant genera), with the greatest diversity in the tropics. Taxonomic studies continue to resolve the classification and systematics of ants. Online databases of ant species, including AntBase and the Hymenoptera Name Server, help to keep track of the known and newly described species. The relative ease with which ants may be sampled and studied in ecosystems has made them useful as indicator species in biodiversity studies.


There are several innovative vehicles and vessels on permanent display at Herstmonceux Museum, including:


1. Art Gallery - Collection of paintings, pictures, graphics, sculptures, wooden carvings & exotic glassware

2. Archives - Historic documents library, patents, trademarks, copyright, films, catalogued legal papers & letters

3. An Edwardian ice well, throwback to the days before refrigeration

4. A large underground (condensation/cooling) and water storage chamber for ice making

5. The world's smallest water basin, test tank for model boats & ships to 1:20 scale

6. World's smallest wind tunnel, vehicle drag measuring instrument using electronic strain-gauges

7. Three PV boat models, Navigator, SWATH & 2 cats + route map prior to Swiss PlanetSolar

8. Seavax, the ocean cleanup proof of concept prototype from 2016

9. AmphiMax, radio controlled (working) beach launching & recovery vehicle for SeaVax

10. Anthony the most dangerous giant Australian bulldog ant, 300 times normal size

11. EV - FCEV refueling station model in 1:20 scale

12. The only working (fully functional) water well in Herstmonceux village

13. The fountain of youth, supplied from natural well water drawn on site

14. Second World War, 'Anderson Inspired,' bomb proof shelter constructed by Major Charles de Roemer

15. City sports FCEV-BEV, hydrogen gull wing proof of concept DC50 electric car

16. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE1 (original 1st) with battery cartridge exchange

17. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE2 (original 2nd) with cartridge exchange

18. A complete mummified squirrel, found when re-roofing the Museum June 2017

19. A fully operational, and restored VW Kombi van dating from 1978 (historic vehicle)

20. BMW i3, battery electric vehicle hybrid, with onboard generator range extender

21. Solar panel, sun tracking system, with battery storage

22. A hornet's nest found on site & preserved in 2016 (reported as [Asian] invasive species, to be safe)

23. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.

24. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson

25. 'Elizabeth Swann' proof of concept model 1:20 scale hydrogen powered trimaran

26. Holm oaks, planting and growing trees from acorns on site, re-wilding in Sussex















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