image for Literary Event item typeAnthea Simmons: Lightning Mary at Orleans House Gallery

Octagon Room

Octagon Room

Literary Event, Sun 17 Nov 2019



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“Ordinary is what most people are and I am not. I am not ordinary at all. I am a scientist”

The story of Mary Anning, the 19th century fossil finder who defied convention to seek out incredible treasures on Dorset’s Jurassic coast is one of courage, resilience and determination.

Mary’s complete disregard for any social, financial or physical obstacle to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a scientist speaks to children and young people across the centuries.

This afternoon author Anthea Simmons will be joined by Dr Liz Hide, Director of The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge for a unique event, designed to inspire young minds to follow their dreams and ‘just do it!’

Expect lively discussion, readings and a Q&A.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 17 Nov 2019 12:00





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Map reference: TQ 168734  Lat: 51.44783 Long: -0.31954

Accessible from the Thames Path and from Richmond Road.
Train: St Margarets Station (slow South West Trains from Waterloo via Richmond). Alternatively, District Line to Richmond and train from there (1 stop).
Bus routes: 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290 alighting at the Crown pub or Lebanon Park.
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Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from St Margarets station


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