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Tom Sharpe: Mary Anning, The Fossil Woman – Wed 26 Jul 2023

Tom Sharpe: Mary Anning, The Fossil Woman

Wednesday 26 July, 4.30pm,
Free online talk / Streamed live on YouTube and the Yorkshire Museum’s Facebook page
With Tom Sharpe
Watch live on YouTube here

More has been written about Mary Anning (1799–1847), the fossil dealer of Lyme Regis, than about any other geologist, apart from Charles Darwin. Separating the facts from the fictions about Mary Anning can be challenging, but her story is a remarkable tale in its own right. This talk will examine what we know of the life of this extraordinary woman and her famous discoveries, and her part within the developing science of palaeontology in the early nineteenth century.

Tom Sharpe was formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Museums Association, and is a former Chair of the Geological Curators’ Group and History of Geology Group. He has published on the work of the geologists Henry De la Beche and William Smith and on the history of the geological exploration of Antarctica. He is the author of ‘The Fossil Woman. A Life of Mary Anning’, published by The Dovecote Press in November 2020, and now available in paperback.

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Wednesday 26 July 2023, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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