It is with the deepest sadness that we announce Ray’s death in London on the 7th May 2013.  Thankfully his passing was quick and painless, but it has of course left a very large void in the lives of Diana, Vanessa and everyone at the Foundation.  It really is the end of an era and a very bright, irreplaceable light has gone from our lives.

Since first making the announcement we have been overwhelmed by the number of tributes and messages of sympathy from everyone.  We feel very humbled by your kind words and would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you all. 

Needless to say the tributes will continue to come in, and we know you will all understand that we cannot respond to your messages personally. 

It goes without saying that the house already feels very quiet without Ray, but thankfully we are surrounded by his creations and so his presence is never far away.

Our sincerest thanks and best wishes to you all,

Diana, Vanessa, Tony, and the Foundation

On Sunday 6th October at 11.35 am Diana Harryhausen passed away very peacefully.  Diana Livingstone Bruce Harryhausen had been very ill for some years but her passing will be felt by Vanessa and all who worked with Ray and the family.  She was a dear lady and always supported Ray in his unique art and accompanied him on his many travels. 



Ray Harryhausen may not be familiar to everyone but to those who do know it, his name stands as a landmark in the history of a genre and cinematic art, the art of dimensional stop-motion animation.  Ray made his name by developing fantastic stories and creatures based on legends and mythology and creating a unique genre of fantasy films during the 1950s, 60s and 70s that took the movie making world, and the public, by storm.

Ray Harryhausen stands as a beacon to today’s fantasy filmmakers as the creator who inspired them and made the impossible possible.

There are a number of websites that either devote themselves to Ray’s work or at the very least mention his name prominently, but it is hoped that this official website will provide everyone who requires a true and personal account of his life and work a first and final stop for all that is Ray Harryhausen.

The site provides details of news and events as well as exclusive and unique information.  

We will now be offering an on-line store in which we will be selling a limited amount of memorabilia from Ray's collection. All items will be embossed with the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation name and logo to distinguish them between similar product available elsewhere. The products available will be updated and items available increased in the future. Please note that all proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards the Foundation and its task to preserve and restore models, moulds, artwork and thousands of other items in the collection, for the future.

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We are pleased to announce that we now have a Harryhausen Facebook page and Twitter so you can keep right up to date with all that is happening with Ray and the on-going work of the Foundation.

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