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Mary Anning Wing Public Consultation

Posted on: 18th March 2015

Lyme Regis Museum wants to hear what the people of Lyme think about its plans to extend the museum through the creation of the Mary Anning Wing. Director David Tucker said “As many people know, the museum has been working on a plan to extend the museum for several years. We are making excellent progress… READ MORE

New in the Museum: Novelty Postcards

New in the Museum: Novelty Postcards

Posted on: 11th March 2015

As pictured above, Lyme Regis Museum has a new exhibit of Novelty Postcards on show! This features a number of novelty cards of Lyme, taken from a collection recently given by the Friends of the Museum. It will remain on display until mid May.

Newly found Ichthyosaur named after Mary Anning

Newly found Ichthyosaur named after Mary Anning

Posted on: 19th February 2015

A fossil ichthyosaur that was discovered on the Dorset coast in the 1980s has been discovered to be a totally new species. What’s more, it has been named Ichthyosaurus anningae after Lyme’s famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning. To read more about the ichthyosaur and to watch a video click on this link.

A shell-crushing Jurassic fish

A shell-crushing Jurassic fish

Posted on: 16th January 2015

One of the many impressive fossils on display in Lyme Regis Museum is that of a Jurassic fish known as Dapedium. This was first discovered by Lyme’s pioneering  fossil collector Mary Anning in the nineteenth century, but one of its secrets has only just been uncovered by an undergraduate student at Bristol University. In a… READ MORE

Lyme Freedom returns from Down Under

Lyme Freedom returns from Down Under

Posted on: 20th October 2014

Australian coffee shop owners Jeff and Debi Johnson, from Crystal Brook South Australia, repatriated a Freedom of the Borough of Lyme Regis certificate at Lyme Regis Guildhall, today, Monday 13th October at 10.00 am. Its return, 76 years after being presented in 1938 to former Lyme Museum Curator, Cyril Wanklyn, was received by Museum Director… READ MORE

The Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

The Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

Posted on: 28th June 2014

Lyme Regis Museum has recently helped the Jurassic Coast Team create a pictorial database of about 1000 fossils that can be seen in museums along the coast. The picture show’s our enormous ichthyosaur scull , the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur. Click here to go to the Fossil Finder to get more information on the scull and… READ MORE

Great News about the Mary Anning Wing Initiative

Posted on: 27th June 2014

There’s great news from Lyme Regis Museum this week, with the announcement that it has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Mary Anning Wing Initiative. The project aims to make Lyme’s unique history and palaeontology more accessible to audiences of all ages and abilities. The Mary Anning Wing Initiative will provide… READ MORE

New Species of Giant Bug from the Age of the Dinosaurs

New Species of Giant Bug from the Age of the Dinosaurs

Posted on: 22nd May 2014

In a recent event at Lyme Regis Museum, local collector James Carroll showed Dr Andrew Ross (fossil insect expert at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh) some specimens of fossil insects that he had collected. Dr Ross excitedly recognised one unusual wing as that of a giant water bug (family Belostomatidae). This family, which… READ MORE

Mary Anning's Google Doodle

Mary Anning’s Google Doodle

Posted on: 21st May 2014

Occasionally the Google logo is replaced with a topical “Google Doodle”, either at a national or international level. For example, two days ago on 19 May 2014 Google celebrated the 40th anniversary of Rubik’s Cube with an interactive version of the game. Today however it was the turn of Lyme’s most famous fossil collector, Mary… READ MORE