Plesiosaurus 200: Celebrating 200 years since Mary Anning’s groundbreaking discovery
A new temporary exhibition for 2024

Opening Date | 25th May 2024
Free with Museum Admission

Our new temporary exhibition, exploring the history of Mary Anning’s discovery of the first complete plesiosaur skeleton, opened in the Geology Gallery on 25th May.

The exhibition is brought right up-to-date with amazing local modern finds including the second ever specimen of a very rare new plesiosaur that was the ancestor of Attenborough’s ‘Sea Rex’. 


Recent Work of the Lyme Abstract Art Group

25 May – 20 July

Creating abstract art involves seeing things afresh – extracting the lines, the forms, the marks and the meaning. Come and see how the Lyme Regis Abstract Art Group takes inspiration from the museum, to produce an intriguing display of original work. 

Lyme Abstract Art Group was formed in 2022, bringing together a group of 8 enthusiastic abstract artists, who along with their group leader, create artwork both individually and collaboratively, and meet each week to discuss, share and embrace abstract art in all its different forms.

All the members of the group live within the local area of the Lyme Regis Museum, so when approached to create an exhibition for the museum’s Rotunda Gallery, they embarked on a fact-finding, creative quest for inspiration from the museum and all its fascinating collections. Their work takes many forms, from acrylic painting and use of mixed media through to textiles and mono-printing.

Working from sketches and photographs that inspire each member of the group, the journey from fledgling idea through to finished painting is one of exploration, discussion, experimentation and sheer determination. Using sketchbooks to investigate mark-making and shapes, as well as colour mixing and writing, everyone has developed their own work in a totally unique way, making the creative process an essential part of the development of their own individual style. This is what gives this particular exhibition the flavour of a traditional contemporary gallery – every piece is so very different from the next.

The eclectic range of work on show is a true testament to the vibrant and exciting nature of contemporary art today.

Exhibiting artists are:  Bob Andrews, Jayne Avery, Patricia Baybutt, Anna Bonavia, Claire Colliard, Kath Gigg, Beverley Glock, Jenny Waldron and Sue Hodgetts (group leader).

‘ABSTRACTING LYME’S PAST – Recent Work of the Lyme Abstract Art Group‘ will be running in our Rotunda Gallery from 25 May until 20 July, for visiting information please see our Plan your Visit page.

Mapping the Undercliffs TALK & EXHIBITION TOUR – Alex Boon

23 July, 2.30-4pm

Hear about Artist Alex Boon’s latest project ‘Mapping the Undercliff’ in a Talk which will be followed by a Private Tour of his new exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery, here in the Museum.

In 2023-2024, nature artist Alex Boon mapped the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve in the strip map style of John Ogilby’s Britannia Road Atlas (1675). The three resulting maps will be exhibited in the Rotunda Gallery in Lyme Regis Museum from 23rd July to 13th September.

In this talk, Alex will explain the processes of on-the-ground strip mapping and share experiences from his year exploring the Undercliff and observing the wildlife there. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition with the artist explaining further details of how the maps were created.

DATE 23rd July, 2.30pm-4pm
PRICE £7.95 includes Museum admission. Refreshments will be provided. Book a ticket to reserve your space.

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Mapping the Undercliffs Nature Reserve – Alex Boon

23 July-13 September

A unique exhibition of detailed hand-drawn maps of the amazing wildlife and landmarks in and around the Dorset coast’s Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, drawn by local nature journalist Alex Boon.
This exhibition will be running in our Rotunda Gallery from 25 July until 13 September, for visiting information please see our Plan your Visit page.