Date: 9-10 September 2017
Location: Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA
Convener: Tom Sharpe
This summer, Lyme Regis Museum opens its new extension, the Mary Anning Wing, and to mark the occasion HOGG is holding a weekend meeting based at the museum to discuss the remarkable contribution made by geologists associated with Lyme Regis.
This meeting is now fully booked, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, the meeting convenor will contact you directly if a place becomes available. To add your name to the waiting list please email Tom Sharpe on tom [at] tomsharpe.co.uk
Saturday 9th September will be a day of talks on Lyme and its geologists, with a rare opportunity to hear Professor Hugh Torrens, the expert on Mary Anning, speaking on his 40 years hunting the Mary Annings, as well as talks on Henry De la Beche, William Buckland and William Daniel Conybeare, the Philpot sisters and James Frederick Jackson, a prolific collector of Lias fossils during the first half of the 20th century. There will also be a chance to see the museum’s new geology gallery.
On the morning of Sunday 10th September, a town trail led by Hugh Torrens and Tom Sharpe will take us around sites and buildings associated with Lyme’s geologists. For those who wish to stay after lunch, we will head on to the beach to see where Mary and Joseph Anning collected their famous ichthyosaur and take a look at the Lias section of the coastal ledges and the cliffs towards Black Ven which have been the source of so many spectacular specimens over the last two hundred years. The town trail will involve a walk on paved surfaces, walking uphill, and negotiating steps. The afternoon walk will be on the loose sand, gravel and boulders, and potentially slippery bedrock surfaces of the beach. Please wear appropriate footwear.
Lyme is best reached by car, but trains run to nearby Axminster which is on the Waterloo to Exeter main line and from where a bus connects with Lyme. Lyme has a wide range of accommodation options from famous old inns, such as the Royal Lion Hotel in the centre of town and the Mariners on Silver Street (at the top of the hill), to many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation. Further details and links on travel, parking, and accommodation as well as lots more information about the town can be found at www.lymeregis.org
The number of participants will be limited to 30 (including speakers) which is the capacity of the venue, so book early to avoid disappointment! Bookings, with payment, will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meeting fee: £35.00.
Saturday 9 September
11.00 Welcome David Tucker, Director, Lyme Regis Museum
11.10 Introduction Stephen Locke, Chairman, Lyme Regis Museum Trust
11.30 Keynote address: Lessons from 40 years hunting the Mary Annings Hugh Torrens, Crewe
12.30 Lunch (not included) is available in local cafes and hostelries
14.00 William Buckland Chris Duffin, The Natural History Museum
14.30 William Daniel Conybeare Leucha Veneer, University of Central Lancashire
15.00 Henry De la Beche Tom Sharpe, Lyme Regis Museum
16.00 The Philpot sisters Eliza Howlett, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
16.30 James Frederick Jackson Cindy Howells, National Museum of Wales
17.00 Meeting ends
Sunday 10 September
10.00 Meet outside the museum for town trail
12.00 Lunch (not included) in local hostelries
14.00 Meet outside the museum for walk to Church Cliffs and Black Ven
16.00 Meeting ends