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New Acquisition

Posted on: 30th January 2016

The Dorset Heritage Centre has returned to the Museum one of the bound sets of volumes in which Cyril Wanklyn had the Lyme Regis Borough/Court records translated from Latin where necessary and summarised. These records extend back from Victorian times to the 14th Century. The original records remain in Dorchester, where the Heritage Centre can… READ MORE

NEW IN THE MUSEUM: Mystery Find on Beach

NEW IN THE MUSEUM: Mystery Find on Beach

Posted on: 27th October 2015

This small metal disc was found on Church Cliff beach, Lyme Regis, by detectorist Phil Goodwin who has kindly donated it to the Museum. The inscription raises the intriguing possibility that it may have belonged to famous fossil collector Mary Anning. The Mary Anning Token The token is a metal disc about 25mm in diameter,… READ MORE

An early American connection for Lyme

An early American connection for Lyme

Posted on: 25th August 2014

Mr Stephen Massil has contacted us with some new information about Lyme and a question. He has been researching the family of Henry Franks Waring who was Lyme Regis Town Clerk in the 19th Century. Although it was known that Waring was of Jewish descent (see Ethnic Minorities: Lyme Regis & West Dorset, Past &… READ MORE

NEWLY ADDED: Cyril Wanklyn, Historian of Lyme

NEWLY ADDED: Cyril Wanklyn, Historian of Lyme

Posted on: 25th November 2013

Slightly out of order, but the third instalment in the “People of Lyme” series is now available on the Research page. This one concerns Cyril Wanklyn (1864 – 1943), who shared the honorary curatorship of Lyme Regis Museum with Dr Vitruvius Wyatt Wingrave between 1927 and 1940. Wanklyn’s magnum opus was his history of the… READ MORE

NEWLY ADDED: William Porter (1819-94)

NEWLY ADDED: William Porter (1819-94)

Posted on: 24th November 2013

The latest research paper in the People of Lyme series has just been added to the Research section of the website – No.4: William Porter (1819-94). Porter was born and brought up in Lyme Regis, and lived here all his life. Working first in the coastguard service and as a fisherman, by 1851 he had… READ MORE

The Great Fires of Lyme Regis

The Great Fires of Lyme Regis

Posted on: 14th June 2013

One of the most striking objects to be seen inside Lyme Regis Museum is the 18th century hand-powered fire engine, which has been a treasured exhibit ever since the Museum opened in 1921. Sadly, the fire engine never had much success in putting out fires, as can be seen from this photograph taken after its… READ MORE