The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre are this year’s recipients of The Geological Society R.H. Worth Award for achievements in outreach, public engagement and education.
A spokesperson for the centre said: “We are very pleased to have won this award and our thanks go to Professor Jim Rose for the nomination. Senior Warden Phil Davidson will be off to the Geological Society in June to collect the award.”
The award acknowledges the achievement in fulfilling the objectives set out in the Constitution of the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Charity which are to advance the education of the public in the geology, palaeontology, geomorphology and natural history of the coast and adjacent areas at Charmouth and to maintain the Centre at Charmouth for education and information to encourage management of coast and adjacent area.
The Centre is free to enter and in 2018 welcomed over 150,000 visitors including around 4,000 school children. The Centre houses some incredible fossils from local collectors including the Attenborough Sea Dragon which will remain on display in 2019. They also have fossils on display from some of their aspiring palaeontologists such as a fossil fish found by 5-year-old Helena Ashby and a mammoth’s tooth found by 8-year-old Sebastian Webb on one of their fossil walks.
If you’d like to find out more about their charity or join a guided walk you can find out all the details on their website; www.charmouth.org/chcc/