Woodward150 symposium: fossil fishes and fakes

Celebrate the life, influence and legacy of fossil fish specialist Sir Arthur Smith Woodward at this all-day symposium.

Fossil fishes and fakes

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Open to everyone
Free, but registration required

Arthur Smith Woodward contributed widely to our knowledge of fossil fish, extinct animals and regional geology. This symposium considers his influence on palaeontology and the legacy of his work at the Museum.  

What's on?
  • Eminent speakers will discuss Woodward's life, scientific achievements and involvement in the notorious Piltdown Hoax.
  • View fossil specimens and memorabilia, on display in the Flett Theatre foyer

View talk abstracts (PDF 2.2 MB)


The conference is free to attend but you need to register in advance online. For more information about the event please contact the symposium coordinator.

Contact the symposium coordinator

Accessing the collections

The fossil fish collections will be open to scientific visitors between 19-20 and 22-23 May 2014. Spaces are limited and advance notice is required. Please contact curator Emma Bernard for further information.

Contact the curator

  • Fossil fish.
    Register for Woodward150

    Register free for access to the foyer exhibition and programme of lectures. Reserve a place at the post-symposium dinner or request information about a symposium proceedings.

  • Watercolour of the fossil fish Cephalaspis lyelli, by Joseph Dinkel. 
    Symposium programme

    View a full programme and read biographies of the scientists and specialists attending Woodward150.

  • Museum Geology Department staff.
    Arthur Smith Woodward biography

    Woodward worked at the Museum for more than 40 years, studying specimens, publishing research and producing a four-part catalogue of fossil fishes. Find out more about the life of this dedicated palaeontologist.

Supported by We acknowledge the assistance of the Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association:

Woodward150 is still looking for sponsorship. If you or your organisation is interested in supporting this event please get in touch.

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