Mary Anning

Event information

Event type: gallery character

Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles

Suitable for: Key Stage 2

Capacity: 32 students

Duration: 30 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per student
Booking required

Mary Anning has lots of exciting stories to tell pupils about her life as a pioneering fossil hunter in nineteenth-century Lyme Regis. 

Did you know she helped discover the first ichthyosaur specimen to be recognised by the scientific community when she was only 10 years old? Find out more about her work and learn how her discoveries have helped scientists reconstruct the history of life on Earth.

Learning themes: fossils, creative thinking, explaining how living and non-living things work, causes and effects.

Pre-visit information and curriculum links PDF (76KB)

Session overview

Mary Anning introduces herself and talks about her life growing up in Lyme Regis in Dorset, England.

She explains what fossils are and how they reveal clues about an animal's appearance and habitat.

She describes some of the fossils that she has found in her lifetime, including ammonites, belemnites and ichthyosaurs.

Event dates

How to book

Call our school bookings team on +44(0)20 7942 5555.

Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00 during term time and 10.00-13.00 during school holidays.

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions before booking.

Essential information

Everything you need to know for a smooth-running day, from where to go for lunch to completing a risk assessment.