In the Museum
Early Lyme Regis
by Max Hebditch after Jo Draper
Mary Anning's Commonplace Book
© On loan from Dorset County Museum which retains copyright and from where permission to publish must be obtained.
The Sea and the Cobb
The fortunes of the small coastal town of Lyme Regis have always been closely bound up with the sea. For seven centuries trade has flourished and faded through its port, protected by the great wall of the Cobb. Fishing, smuggling, storms and shipwrecks have left their relics. For the past two hundred years the town has earned its living as a tourist resort,and is now part of the Jurassic Coast Word Heritage Site.
Tour of the Museum
See a "gigapan" picture of the Museum and zoom in to the smallest details. (Link to external web-site)
History of Lyme Regis in Museum Objects
In 2010 Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, presented a series on BBC Radio 4 entitled The History of the World in a Hundred Objects, based on material in the British Museum’s collection. Lyme Regis Museum complemented the programmes with a series of talks:...
The Bindon Landslip of 1839
Mary Anning (1799–1847). Mary Anning was a self-educated, working class woman from Lyme Regis and the greatest fossil hunter ever known. Each autumn the Museum has a celebration of Mary Anning.Look at our events information for more details.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was one of Lyme Regis's most famous and best-loved visitors. Her great novel, Persuasion, published in 1818, is in part set in Lyme, making the Dorset town a centre of literary pilgrimage ever since.
Lyme's Literary and Artistic Connections
Lyme Regis has long been a magnet for artists and writers. Many came to this picturesque Dorset town for holidays and were inspired by the character of the town and its environment. Others came here for health reasons. Some came as children and returned in adulthood.
Fossils and Rocks of Lyme Regis
Here be dinosaurs! The geology gallery of Lyme Regis Museum contains a wealth of fossils and tells of the early pioneering palaeontologists who worked at this Dorset town on what is now the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. You can also learn about the great landslip of 1839 and link to all our fossil-related resources.
Landslips and Landscape
The rocks of Lyme Regis and the adjacent stretches of Dorset coast represent layers from the oldest part of the Jurassic period, which were laid down at the bottom of a deep sea from 200 to 195 million years ago and are now rich in fossils.