Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust teamed up with the Polar Museum and the British Antarctic survey to go to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. We took with us a collection of Antarctic fossils as well as Antarctic gear to show families what life is like in Antarctica and talk about the history of Antarctica’s fossils.
Most people don’t realise that Antarctica used to be a jungle and they are often surprised to see that there are so many fossils from the icy continent. As well as speaking to lots of enthused children we also had many adults who came to look at our stalls. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust awarded a grant to the British Antarctic Survey to cover some of their costs towards the event. This was the third year we have been at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and it was once again a huge success with over 10,000 people coming to our displays to look at our collections and try on some Antarctic clothing!