A statue of pioneering 19th-century fossil hunter and palaeontologist Mary Anning is to be unveiled in her home town of Lyme Regis on what would have been her 222nd birthday. A monument worthy of this monumental woman will be revealed at 3 pm on Saturday 21 May 2022 by Professor Alice Roberts.
The event will mark the culmination of a four year campaign by the Mary Anning Rocks group which was started by schoolgirl Evie Swire, then aged 11 and her mother, Anya Pearson.
Evie and the local school children who won the art competition to help design the statue will be helping Professor Roberts with the unveiling.
Build up will be from 2 pm onwards, so please make sure you get to Lyme Regis in plenty of time to park and make your way to the unveiling site.
There will be speeches from Mary Anning Rocks patrons, including Tracy Chevalier, Dr Dean Lomax, Dr Anjana Khatwa, Dr Tori Herridge and Professor Hugh Torrens.
This is a free event, no tickets required, but the organisation requests you register your interest in attending.
The ceremony will occur at the junction between Long Entry and Gun Cliff Walk out towards Black Ven, Lyme Regis.