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Summer Exhibition: Jurassic Ark – spectacular fossils from an ancient Somerset Sea

Fri 14 May, 2021 - Sun 3 October, 2021

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Bath Royal Summer Exhibition: Jurassic Ark – Spectacular Fossils from an Ancient Somerset Sea

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm – free entry (donations always welcome)

Come and marvel at this unique collection of fossils from Strawberry Bank, near Ilminster. Originally discovered in the nineteenth century by Charles Moore and donated by him to Bath Royal, the specimens are part of a beautifully preserved Jurassic ecosystem from 183 million years ago. In 2019 our Collections department, sponsored by Gekoella, organised a new dig in the area and discovered more of the wonderfully detailed fossils. They show us how these ancient creatures lived, hunted and interacted. Evocative line drawings by renowned artist John Sibbick recreate the landscape of the time in which these marine reptiles, fish, crustaceans, squid-like cephalopods and insects flourished.

Looking for more information on our 160-million-year-old Jurassic crocodile?

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution recently developed the ‘Bath Discovery Trails App’, in which this extraordinary fossil is featured, thanks to support from the Art Fund. The National Heritage Fund (NHLF), are now helping us to use digital marketing to promote this free the app to new audiences. Download the ‘Bath Discovery Trails App’, then visit us at 16 Queen Square Bath to see a 160-million-year-old Jurassic crocodile as part of Trail 4: ‘The Railway Leviathan’.

Free entry, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm