Paleonet: Palaeontology/ history of science seminar in July - please join us!

Leslie Noe Leslie.Noe at
Wed Jun 30 15:50:43 GMT 2010

Dear List members,
I am part of a small group arranging a Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA), Geological Curators Group (GCG), Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (SANHS), and History of Geology Group (HOGG) of the Geological Society of London a public lecture, scientific seminar and field trip.

Brief details of the event are included below. Further details are available from the conference e-mail at:

Street.Hawkins2010 at

Also, if you are able to display a poster for this event, I would be very grateful. I can send one on to you in the form of a *.pdf file.

If you have any questions about this seminar, please do not hesitate to contact me on the seminar e-mail: Street.Hawkins2010 at or on the e-mail or address below. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!
With all best wishes,
Leslie Noè

Thursday evening NatSCA sponsored Public Understanding of Science Lecture Title: The Start of Dino Mania: the work of fossil monster hunters Mary Anning of Lyme Regis and Thomas Hawkins of Street

Presented by world renowned Historian of science Professor Hugh Torrens from Keele University

Open to all

THE START OF DINO MANIA: Before 1800 fossils were mere curiosities. However, the scientific study of sea monsters started with the extraordinary discoveries of Mary Anning (1799-1847), at Lyme Regis. She found her first ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs between 1812 and 1823 and fascinated the public and the new science of palaeontology. In this lecture, Professor Hugh Torrens, the world’s leading expert on Mary Anning, recalls those exciting times and the role, from the 1830s onwards, of the local Thomas Hawkins (1810-1889). Hawkins was another highly important fossil marine reptile hunter, but very different from Mary Anning – he was an eccentric, a bad poet, and the ‘neighbour from hell’.

Ticket Price: £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and concessions; FREE to those booked on the Friday seminar, provided this is indicated at the time of booking.

Seminar Title: 200 Years of West Country Sea Dragons: Thomas Hawkins and his fossil legacy

A Geological Curators’ Group Seminar – open to all, but aimed at an adult audience with an interest in geology or palaeontology.

This is an up-to-date exploration of the life, works and legacy of Thomas Hawkins of Street, and his amazing fossil marine reptile collection. A visit is planned to the Gillett Collection at the archive of Clarks Ltd, and a field outing on Saturday 1st August. Booking essential: fee £35 (£23 for full-time students and the unwaged) which includes refreshments and a light lunch, and free entry to Thursday evening lecture (see below); a small additional charge of £7.50 will be made for a local Saturday field trip. Enquiries to sStreet.Hawkins2010 at or write to: Dr Leslie Noè (Hawkins Street Seminar), 51, High Street, Oakington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 3AG, including your name and address.

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