A piece of good news is rare in the current financial climate, but in East Devon, Sidmouth Town Council have come up with the goods. Part of their recent decision to invest in refurbishing their seafront shelters is to provide some excellent new Jurassic Coast interpretation facilities.
The shelters have been made into two closed units, one of which is a recently-opened youth cafe, and the other, currently empty, has some stylish ammonite designs on the glass in anticipation of its future function. In addition to their initial investment into the fabric of the building, the Town Council have recently been awarded £15,000 from the Keith Owen fund and a further sum of money from the Fine Family Foundation in order to bring the vacant shelter to life.
This funding will enable the Council to appoint an interpretation designer and to fit out the facility with some fantastic graphics and touch-tables about the Jurassic Coast and other local natural features. Once complete, the building will be overseen by the Town Council, in collaboration with the Sidmouth Museum, and can be used for small events, meeting points and just to drop in and find out more about the area. It is hoped that the shelter will open in May 2011.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils.
Adults £10, children and students £3. Click here for more information.
The Jurassic Coast Trust are running a Fossil Hunt on Sunday 8th March at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth with UK Amateur Fossil Hunters.
There'll be a whole day's worth of expert-led fossil hunting for just £8 per person, £10 per couple or £15 for a family of four - with half the proceeds being donated to the Trust. Click here for full details and to book your place.