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Talk: Mary Anning, The Fossil Woman by Tom Sharpe

June 16 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Mary Anning, Courtesy of The Geological Society.
Mary Anning collecting with her father (An1869 image)

Introduction: It has been said that more has been written about Mary Anning, the fossil dealer of Lyme Regis, than about any other geologist, apart from Charles Darwin. But how much do we really know? How much is speculation? And how much is myth that has developed through the uncritical telling and retelling of her tale over the course of two centuries? Are we seeing a new Anning myth in the making, thanks to a recent film? 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, her famous – and less well-known – discoveries, and her part within the wider network of the developing science of palaeontology in the early nineteenth century, and will seek to dispel at least a few of the Mary myths.

Picture by Mary Anning in 1823 of her plesiosaur.
Courtesy: Wellcome Collection
Tom Sharpe’s biography of Mary Anning

A virtual Zoom talk.

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It’s is free. No charge. Open to all.
When you click the link you will be asked for your name and e-mail address and you will receive a link to join the talk from 7:00 pm.

The talk will start promptly at 7:30 pm and conclude with an audience question session.

A video recording of the talk will be available to WGCG members or named contacts with an access code for up to one month after the talk,

Membership is open to all at £12/year and free to those in full-time education. See more

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Tom Sharpe, Author: The Fossil Woman. A Life of Mary Anning

Tom Sharpe is a geologist who now works as an expedition travel geology lecturer and guide, mainly in the polar regions. A graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester, he was formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales and taught geology in the lifelong learning departments of both Cardiff and Bristol universities. 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 long had an interest in the history of geology, and 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.

See more of Tom Sharpe ion Twitter: Twitter @tomsharperocks

More about WGCG
WGCG programmes include talks, currently virtual, field walks and residential field visits. WGCG creates and publishes trail guides and interpretation panels. We survey local geological sites (LGS) and works to conserve some of them. We can provide bursaries via the Holloway Award. We invite you to take a look at the geologygeodiversity, iceage history revealed in the Brandon Wall. We hope you will find great interest in The Geology of Warwickshire provided by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) including Meriden ShaftsStratford Trail GuideSolihull, Rugby, Guides to Building Stones in many towns, Corley Rocks and The Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. Come and see the Warwickshire’s Jurassic rocks and fossils including ammonites and belemnites.

Although this is a talk on Zoom, we normally meet in the church hall of: St Francis Of Assisi R C Church, 110 Warwick Rd, Kenilworth CV8 1HL

Event URL: https://www.wgcg.co.uk/event/talk-mary-anning-the-fossil-woman-by-tom-sharpe

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