The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre are pleased to announce that they are this year’s recipients of The Geological Society R.H. Worth Award for achievements in outreach, public engagement and education. The staff and volunteers at the Centre are very pleased to have won this award, and their thanks go to Professor Jim Rose for the nomination. Senior Warden Phil Davidson will be off to the Geological Society in June to collect the award.
The award acknowledges the achievement in fulfilling the objectives set out in the Constitution of the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Charity, which are to advance the education of the public in the geology, palaeontology, geomorphology and natural history of the coast and adjacent areas at Charmouth, and to maintain the Centre at Charmouth for education and information to encourage management of the coast and adjacent area.
The Centre is free to enter, and in 2018 welcomed over 150,000 visitors, including around 4,000 school children. The Centre houses some incredible fossils from local collectors including the Attenborough Sea Dragon, which will remain on display throughout 2019. The Centre also have fossils on display from some aspiring palaeontologists such as a fossil fish found by 5-year-old Helena Ashby and a mammoth’s tooth found by 8-year-old Sebastian Webb on one of our fossil walks.
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre work closely with the Jurassic Coast Trust to implement the West Dorset Fossil Code, and to encourage safe and responsible fossil collecting on the Jurassic Coast. If you would like to find out more about the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, or join a guided walk, you can find out all the details on the Centre’s website.