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King Edward 1st granted Lyme it's charter in 1284. This guaranteed the upward climb of the small fishing village of Lyme Regis and its development into a thriving medieval market town, amongst the foremost in the area.

 An article written by former Museum Education and Outreach Officer, Thea Hawksworth.

Epifaunal  worm tubes on Lower Lias ammonites

by Chris Andrew, Paddy Howe, Chris Paul & Steve Donovan

RosehillPeople and Places

A series of papers about the people and houses of Lyme Regis

Ichthyosaur Temnodontosaurus E42 Lyme Regis Museum Ichthyosaur “E42”

by Phil Davidson and Ben Brooks


Industrial Lyme

A series of papers about industry in Lyme Regis by Richard Bull

Ethnic Minorities in Dorset

This was a major piece of research work, a book and an exhibition supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A small part of the information available is shown here.

Common SealThe History of Lyme Regis in Museum Objects

In 2010 Neil Ferguson, 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 History of Lyme in ....

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Sir Crispin TickellThe Human Future

Whither the Anthropocene?

By Sir Crispin Tickell

Buckland's Coprolite Table

The Geology Gallery of Lyme Regis Museum features a newly-conserved coprolite (fossil dung) table owned by William Buckland.  Museum volunteer Richard Bull, a qualified geologist and a local historian, has written a paper about this wonderful table which is available for download.

Dimorphodon and the Reverend George Howman


An abridged version of "Dimorphodon and the Reverend George Howman’s noctivagous flying dragon: the earliest restoration of a pterosaur in its natural habitat"
by David M. Martill  of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth

Full text in Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association
doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2013.03.003 - Available at

Fatally Bitten Ammonites

An abridged version of the paper Fatally bitten ammonites from the Lower Lias of Lyme Regis by Museum  Education Officer - Chris Andrew, Geologist - Paddy Howe, Trustee - Chris Paul and Steve Donovan