T Rex gets look in at Sidmouth’s Red Rocks Day

PUBLISHED: 11:40 24 August 2010

Dr Bob Symes, curator of Sidmouth Museum, with Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dr Bob Symes, curator of Sidmouth Museum, with Tyrannosaurus Rex

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More than 300 enjoyed learning about Sidmouth’s geological past at Sidmouth Museum’s Red Rocks Day

IF a day devoted to Sidmouth’s geological past sounds boring, then think again.

From Tyrannosaurus Rex to minerals from across the world and a feast of informative and entertaining displays, talks and walks rewarded more than 300 people who visited Sidmouth Museum on Red Rocks day.

The day wasn’t just for adults, Youngsters had plenty to amuse them, digging for fossils in a sandpit, and making their own fossil moulds.

They also found lots more to interest them among the other features of the day.

The biggest was, literally, the head of T.Rex, which attracted all ages.

Dr. David Williams and Dr. Dee Edwards travelled from Cornwall to display not only T Rex but also some outstanding Jurassic period replicas and other fossils.

Roger Le Voir, one of the museum’s geological experts, brought to life the history behind the rock specimens from this area as well as leading the usual Esplanade Jurassic Coast walk.

Michael Gough and Keith Corrie bridged the local and international world with their displays of minerals.

Alongside barite from Sidmouth were shown items from exotic locations worldwide.

Both highly regarded in their area of expertise, the two still go hunting for barite along Sidmouth’s coast.

Museum curator, Dr. Bob Symes was delighted with Red Rocks Day 2010 and said: “At the end of the day we felt that our visitors now had a good understanding of our World Heritage Coast.”


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