Lyme Regis Fossil Festival starts this Friday 4 May so, no, we are not there quite yet, but preparations are now well underway (at least, I hope they are!); in fact today we will practice assembling the Baryonyx model we will be taking along in the safety of the Palaeontology Building. We all have plenty of experience of flat-packed furniture, so we should be OK, as long as all the bits are in the box.
I will soon be rounding up scientific literature which will help me to identify the finds that will be coming my way all weekend, courtesy of the fossil-mad public that will be thronging to our Fossil Roadshow. I won't be alone though; I will have Noel Morris and Martin Munt on hand for the inevitable fossil molluscs (I usually recognise them, but can't think of their names!) and Jerry Hooker to identify any mammal remains, whether fossil or recently deceased (a few years ago someone brought in a badger skull!).
No doubt other colleagues will be flitting in and out, dispensing knowledge as required. Do come and see us in the marquee on the sea front - we will have lots of fun activities, includiing the ever-popular sieving for fossil shark teeth - you get to keep your finds too! There will be lots of other organisations and traders with trinkets to suit every pocket.
I'm hoping to catch up with some of my friends on a fossil hunting trip too. Now I must go, but I will be blogging from the Festival over the weekend, and someone from our team (me perhaps?) will be linking live to the Museum's Attenborough studio for Nature Live. Check out the events for the 5 May and 6 May for more on that, and search online for 'Lyme Regis Fossil Festival' to find out more about what's going on this weekend!