Mary Anning's ThunderboltsMary Anning’s Thunderbolts
a new exhibition for 2023

Opening Date | 29th April 2023
Free with Museum Admission

A fascinating journey into the past featuring famous Lyme Regis Palaeontologists Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, a mysterious basket of Belemnites and some extraordinary inkings. An enthralling insight into the Palaeontology of cephalopods from the Jurassic period.

Including previously unseen exhibits from Private Collections and loaned pieces from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.



Scavenged Finds from Black Ven – Christine Allison

2 April – 23 May

This art exhibition running in the Rotunda Gallery in the Museum, will feature recent work by popular local artist Christine Allison. As she explains, “The blue lias clay at the base of Black Ven is washed twice daily by the sea and continues to reveal crazy pieces of rusty metal, fragments of decorated china, pieces of sea glass and strange objects … all remnants from the cliff-top Victorian tip, which continues to collapse onto the beach. I like to scavenge. I like the thrill of finding an oddity. I like to imagine the life each treasure has had. Who ate off that plate or drank out of that cup or fixed that bit of metal?”

“Each object,” she continues,”has a story, a history. I like to arrange these treasures into assemblages, juxtaposing unlikely pieces together; making new relationships between fragile, decorated fragments of china and weathered shapes of metal, richly coloured with the patina of time. These assembled treasures then become the subject matter for my artworks. Through my drawings and paintings, I celebrate their unique beauty and give them another life.”

Treasures – Scavenged Finds from Black Ven‘ will be running in our Rotunda Gallery from 2 April until 23 May, for visiting information please see our Plan your Visit page.

Christine is also running two exciting Creative Drawing weekends from the Museum based on beachcombed items from Black Ven, for more information please click here.