Jurassic Marine Monsters - Family Fun Day

Lapworth Museum of Geology - Earth Sciences Building (R4 on campus map)
Life and Environmental Sciences
Wednesday 20th February 2019 (10:00-17:00)
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Anna Chrystal, Learning and Public Engagament Manager

Email: a.b.chrystal@bham.ac.uk

Bob Nicholls; 'Bait Ball' Icthyosaur Painting

Jurassic Marine Monsters!

We all know about the wonderful world of Dinosaurs, and the giants that lived on land. But what about the monsters that swam in the depths of the oceans? Join us this February half term and find out all about this watery world.

Join us on the 20th of February to meet the newest member of the Lapworth family member, our Ichthyosaur, who will be suspended from our ceiling shortly after our event. Join Dean Lomax, Palaeontologist and world expert on early Jurassic Ichthyosaurs, to find out more about life in the Jurassic seas.


Dean Lomax is an internationally recognised multi-award-winning palaeontologist, presenter and author. Dean has travelled the globe and worked on many fascinating projects from excavating dinosaurs in the American West, to describing new species of prehistoric reptiles and winning a gold medal for excellence in science. He is a world renowned expert on ichthyosaurs, extinct sea-going reptiles. 
A Visiting Scientist at The University of Manchester, Dean is passionate about communicating palaeontology with the public and regularly appears on television, including as series advisor and expert co-presenter for ITV’s Dinosaur Britain. He has written books, numerous scientific papers, and many popular articles. Dean is also the patron of the UK Association of Fossil Hunters (UKAFH) & Mary Anning Rocks.
Dean with ichthyosaur skull




Meet the marvellous Mary Anning, the Geologist who discovered the first Icthyosaur, help the Museum team to digitize Jurassic specimens using state of the art equipment, and get stuck into some creative crafts!


Activities range from performances to stories and much, much more! 


  • 10:00, 12:30 & 15:30: Story Time
  • 10:45, 13:30 & 14:30: Meet Mary Anning and find out about her wonderful life
  • 11:30: Join Dean Lomax and discover more about life in the Jurassic Seas
  • 10:00-12:00 &13:00-16:00: Digitize Jurassic Specimens with the Museum Team.
  • All day: Arts and crafts & Museum Trail

**Please note some activities such as Mary Anning and Dean Lomax may be timetabled. We will be releasing timings closer to the event. If you are visiting specifically to attend a certain activity please call ahead**

All our activities are free of charge and first come first served - there is no need to book.