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]

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

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.

Provisional programme

Saturday 9 September

10.30   Coffee

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

15.30   Tea

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