Sid Vale Association marks its 175th anniversary

Nigel Hyman holding a pig bone from High Peak (500AD) at the Peter Orlando Hutchinson exhibit in Sid

Sidmouth museum curator Nigel Hyman - Credit: Terry Ife

The Sid Vale Association is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary and volunteers are still working hard behind the scenes as much as restrictions allow at this time.
The SVA team has been busy getting the museum ready to hopefully open in the spring. 
Val Huntington, SVA trustee, said: “It is especially important to open this year as it is the 175th anniversary of the SVA and plans are tentatively being made to celebrate this milestone. Meanwhile work has continued on essential maintenance on SVA land and the Keith Owen Fund has reopened for any local organisations who may be interested in applying for funding.”
Speaking to the Herald about the other activities of the group, Val added: “The publications team has two books in the pipeline and a series of monthly presentations via zoom has been organised which are free to all.
“On Wednesday, January 13, Nigel Hyman from Sidmouth museum hosted a free zoom quiz with a difference, all about Sidmouth. It featured photos to identify along with general knowledge questions about all things relating to Sidmouth. Participants had the chance to interact via the chat facility or write the answers. Unfortunately there were no prizes!”
Looking ahead, Val added: “next month, on Wednesday, February 10, Roger Trend will present a talk about 'Sidmouth Coast-What's going on?'. Roger has lectured at Sheffield, Exeter and Oxford universities on earth science. He has written three  SVA publications, Sidmouth’s River, Sidmouth’s Coast, and his book of songs - Sidmouth Rocks. Many of you will know him through his singing the rock days at the Sidmouth Folk festival.”
Another event to look forward to takes place in March and will see Jon Ball talking about the Sid Valley diversity project.
Details of the Keith Owen Fund, forthcoming free zoom talks with login details (and also previous ones which are now on Youtube) can be found by visiting the web page at: www.sidvaleassociation.org.uk

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