Mary Anning overcame barriers as a young working class woman to be recognised for her expertise in geology and palaeontology. Our early career team responded to Mary's passion for the shore with an interactive exhibition in the Walkway Gallery at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, kindly supported by Ashley Family Foundation.

This project coincided with the arrival in Hastings of a miniature version of the Mary Anning sculpture in Lyme Regis initiated by Mary Anning Rocks. The artwork was created by Denise Dutton. The tour of this work around the UK is facilitated by the Geologists’ Association and it’s arrival in Hastings coordinated by project partner, Phil Hadland.

📷: Rod Morris’ photographs of the team including @yasmin_aishah, @sambrown_violinist,, @catherinerajhans, @elizabeth.isadora

Hastings always has been a significant location for finds. Gideon Mantell found fossils nearby in the early C19 and fossil finders have done so since.

Read about the project in Sussex Bylines: In praise of fossil collector Mary Anning

Read our press release: PR Fossil Finder In Us ALL.pdf

Read about Fairlight on the Discovering Fossils web site: fairlight-east-sussex

Read this article in The Telegraph about the second 'Jurassic Coast': britain-has-a-second-jurassic-coast-why-does-nobody-visit