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 and have over £1,000,000 pledged and have very significant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We now want to give the people of Lyme a chance to see our plans”.

Consultations are being held at the Woodmead Hall between 2 pm and 5 pm on Tuesday March 31st. David added “I’ll be there to meet local people, as will our architect Robert Battersby and other members of the museum trust.”

The Mary Anning Wing is intended to bring the museum building up to modern standards by providing a new Learning Space for schools, universities and community groups, public toilets as well as a lift, a larger shop and a re-designed fossil gallery.

Over the years we’ve consulted many museum visitors and not surprisingly as interested as they are with the town’s wonderful history, they also want us to have basic facilities. Our spiral staircase might be lovely, but it isn’t easy for people with mobility challenges to climb and currently, we are sending even very young children across a busy road to use the public loos. As we get 25,000 visitors a year and are the most popular Dorset museum for schools not having these things makes life very difficult.”, added David.