The new Welsh Dinosaur

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations

Saturday 17 June | 11:30am - 3:30pm | £7.50 for the day

Join Adam White for a day of discovery: two illuminating talks will uncover the stories of the new Welsh dinosaur and mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean, with a tour of Adam’s exhibition and rock splitting demonstrations in between.

Talk with Cindy Howells, Palaeontology Curator, National Museum of Wales:.‘Dinosaurs and Deserts in Wales’

11.30am | £7.50 for the day or £5 for the talk

In 2014 a totally new meat-eating dinosaur skeleton was discovered in Wales. This is the very earliest Jurassic dinosaur fossil yet found and is around 30% complete. This talk will cover the background behind the find and other Welsh dinosaurs, and explore the changing environments in which they lived.

Exhibition Tour & Rock Splitting

12:30pm – 1.30pm | Free

Join artist Adam White for a tour of his exhibition, followed by live live rock-splitting of the Triassicbone bed – find your inner Triassic reptile!

Tea and coffee will then be served (bring a picnic lunch with you if you wish).

Talk with Tom Cotterell, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, National Museum of Wales: 'Mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean - from the enlightenment period to today'

2pm | £7.50 for the day or £5 for the talk

One of the first people to assemble a collection of geological specimens in this country was Dr John Woodward (1665-1728), Professor of Physick at Gresham College, London. Woodward bequeathed his collection of ‘Fossils’ to Cambridge University where it is preserved intact. His sizable collection contains many specimens of iron ores from the Forest of Dean, one of the oldest mining districts in Britain. Tom Cotterell reveals the insights Woodward’s collection give us into the Forest of Dean mines prior to 1728 and what sorts of ores were being extracted at that time.

The day will end around 3.30pm with a chance to view the Museum’s mini exhibition, ‘The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur’.

Book by 14 June and pay just £7.50 for the day (tea & coffee and a fossil or mineral ‘prize’ included) or pay £5 per talk. To make your booking call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Did you know?

Our Gallery One exhibition Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast runs until Sunday June 25.

 

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