12 March—14 March 2024

KS2 Workshop: Mary Anning

Join us as we meet pioneering palaeontologist, Mary Anning, who discovered some of the first ichthyosaurs, or ‘sea dragons’. Investigate prehistoric fossils, including the amazing Temnodontosaurus.  

 Children will:  

  • Meet Bristol Museum’s Geology Curator and get an expert insight into the life of Temnodontosaurus, a type of ichthyosaur (an extinct marine reptile) 
  • Handle the fossils of Jurassic sea creatures such as ammonites and gryphaea
  • Find out how the Temnodontosaurus fossil has been brought back to life by experts in conservation and palaeo-art 
  • Get up close to ‘Peggy’ a life-size reconstruction of a Temnodontosaurus skull
  • Find out how Mary Anning’s discoveries helped other scientists develop new ideas about evolution 
  • Enjoy an interactive, professional performance of Mary Anning’s amazing discovery of a Temnodontosaurus skull in 1813 
  • Take our self-guided activity and explore the museum’s Geology collections and ‘sea dragons’ display

Suitable for: Year 3-6                                                                                                                              Duration: 90 minutes

Group size: Up to 30 pupils you can book more than one session 

We have two sessions available at 10.15am and 12.30pm 

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit?  Free use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session. 

Learning enquiry form

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Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

KS1 Workshop: Mary Anning