Fossil Finders in us ALL

This community arts project ran through Autumn 2023 coinciding with the arrival in Hastings of a miniature version of the full size Mary Anning sculpture sited in Lyme Regis which was created by Denise Dutton and commissioned by Mary Anning Rocks. The tour of this work around the UK continues to be facilitated by the Geologists’ Association. It’s arrival in Hastings coordinated by project partner, Phil Hadland.

ExploreTheArch’s early career team explored the story of Mary Anning overcoming barriers as a young working class woman to be recognised for her expertise in geology and palaeontology. The team responded to Mary's passion for the shore with an interactive visual and sound exhibition in the Walkway Gallery at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, kindly supported by Ashley Family Foundation.
📷: 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