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Vanessa Harryhausen

Vanessa Harryhausen is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, and is Ray’s daughter.

Vanessa grew up around her father’s films and creations, being on set for all of his film from ‘The Valley of Gwangi‘ until ‘Clash of the Titans‘. Vanessa later became a Trustee of the Foundation, and is passionate about the preservation and promotion of her father’s legacy. She has hands-on involvement with the Foundation’s ongoing projects, and assists with the cataloguing and rehousing of her father’s archive material. She also oversees the restoration of Ray’s creature collection, having been present for the creation of many of these original models.

Vanessa is currently writing a book to coincide with her father’s centenary in 2020; the first time that she has written at length about Ray’s life. This will contain previously unseen images from the Harryhausen family archive, as well as celebrating Ray’s wonderful contribution to cinema through his films and collection.

Outside of the Foundation, Vanessa is a member of the Scottish Castles Association, is a keen Western horse rider, and has a strong personal interest in Scottish history and Native American culture. She has an ongoing involvement with the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, as a direct descendent of the explorer on her mother’s side. She is an accomplished illustrator, having attended City and Guilds in London, obtaining a diploma and degree in illustration.