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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Curator’s Newsletter April 2011

From Mary Godwin, Curator of Lyme Regis Museum:

Urgent - Volunteers Needed During Fossil Festival
If you can spare a couple of hours to help with out with our Fossil Festival activities in the marquee or museum on any of the three days (29th/30th April & 1st May) please post a comment below.

Some Highlights for Spring
In addition to the Fossil Festival there are lots of interesting things coming up this spring.
Of course they’re all listed in our new quarterly events programme but I thought I’d highlight some of them here to encourage you to come along and support us.

Foundling Voices Exhibition - From 21st April we have an exhibition on tour from London’s Foundling Museum. Celebrating the link between Lyme and the Foundling Hospital which was established by the distinguished son of Lyme, Thomas Coram, the exhibition focuses on oral history recordings of former pupils. To accompany the exhibition we also have an animated film about the life of Thomas Coram by local Woodroffe school student Donna Wiscombe.

Museums at Night – On 14th May from 8pm we have a ‘Sky at Night’ event at the museum, with experts from the Norman Lockyer observatory at Sidmouth. Pray for clear skies and come along to do some stargazing.

Maritime Events – Following seven years of painstaking research, join us from 6pm on 20th May for the launch of the new book on Lyme’s maritime history by Peter Lacey. We are thrilled that Pete has generously agreed to donate the profits from the first 100 of ‘Ebb and Flow – the Story of Maritime Lyme’ that are sold towards our fundraising for the new museum lighting.

And on Sunday 22nd May, bring yourself and your friends to our ‘Celebrating the Lerret Day’, the first of a series of community events being organised by Gail McGarva as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project. And listen out for Gail on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour in the days running up to the event!!

We also now have a new Facebook page! We need more people to ‘like’ us on Facebook so please encourage your friends to ‘like’ us as well!!

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