The Yorkshire Fossil Festival Returns to Scarborough

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The Yorkshire Fossil Festival returns to Scarborough this September. And it offers a weekend of activities and events for all the family, for both enthusiasts and professionals.

The event is based around Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum and runs between Friday 10th – Saturday 12th September. It’ll see contributions from local and national museums, universities and businesses, providing entertainment and expertise. And the events will be hosted on-site and online, with most of them free.

Highlights of the Festival weekend include free public talks from Dr Elsa Panciroli from the University of Oxford, author of Beasts Before Us, Professor David Bond, mass extinctions expert at the University of Hull, and Dr Anjana Khatwa, earth scientist, presenter and advocate for diversity in science.

Yorkshire Fossil Festival ©Tony Bartholomew

“Engage audiences”

For the first time this year, the Festival has teamed up with the cinema at the Stephen Joseph Theatre to present Yorkshire FossilFilmFest. This will show movies such as The Good Dinosaur, Jurassic Park, and The Land Before Time.

This year’s Festival will also feature Yorkshire’s Favourite Fossils, with experts and members of the public teaming up to produce a Top 10 of the county’s greatest palaeontological treasures. An online public vote will then be launched on Yorkshire Day, 1 August; and the results announced at the Festival on the afternoon of Sunday 12 September.

Dr Liam Herringshaw is the Yorkshire Fossil Festival Director. He told us: “Fossils are natural treasures, and Yorkshire is a wonderful place to find and study them. It’s exciting to be hosting the Yorkshire Fossil Festival again. And we’re really looking forward to some great events, which will engage audiences new and old with the amazing science of palaeontology.”

Yorkshire Fossil Festival ©Tony Bartholomew

The in-person exhibitors at this year’s Yorkshire Fossil Festival will include the Universities of Hull, Sheffield, and Leicester. They’ll also include the Yorkshire Geological Society, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and the Dinosaur Isle Museum. Among the online contributors will be the Geologists’ Association, the University of Cambridge’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and the Geological Society.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is hosted by Scarborough Museums Trust, and supported by funding from Yorkshire Coast BID.

The Festival also receives funding from the Palaeontological Association and the Geologists’ Association. It also received support from Hidden Horizons, the Yorkshire Geological Society and the University of Hull.

For more information visit: yorkshirefossilfestival.co.uk and scarboroughmuseumstrust.com
Images: Tony Bartholomew

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