On Wednesdays, the Polar Museum although closed to the general public, will be open for pre-booked school group visits (one morning/one afternoon). Priority will be given to school groups who are visiting as part of a polar project. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021. You will lead your group around the museum accompanied by a member of our education team. We are happy to lend you clipboards and pencils. There is a suggested donation of £1 per child for a class group visit to the Polar Museum.
Artist Kaitlin Ferguson shows you how to make your own ichthyosaur using one of Mary Anning's fossils in the Sedgwick Museum’s collection as inspiration.
There are two different makes that you can try depending on how much time you have.
Make one: Ichthyosaur template
Make two: salt, flour and water to make salt dough (or plasticine or playdough)
To make your zine you will need:
- a sheet of paper
- coloured pencils or pens
- coloured paper
- some glue
- fossils, rocks, pebbles for inspiration
Download the zine folding instructions and watch the video below
An adaptation is when part of the body becomes specialised for a certain function that means the animal has a better chance of survival in a particular environment.
The Wonderchicken research team have put together a craft activity and information sheets about different types of bird and how they have adapted to the environment they live in.
You will need:
We are keeping these sessions as flexible as possible, so they can support your needs as best as they can. As a general outline, a typical session might include:
Asteriornis maastrichtensis, affectionately known as the Wonderchicken, is among the most exciting bird fossils ever found. It has one of the best-preserved fossil bird skulls in the world, and gives us important insights into the evolutionary origins of modern birds.
It might not look very exciting but flint gravel has a story to tell of a warm chalky sea that covered a lot of England about 90 million years ago. That’s when dinosaur were around although they were not living in this particular sea. Sometimes flint filles the holes made by borrowing animals and sometimes, if we’re lucky it enclosed the remains of sea creatures meaning it is great place to look for fossils.
Scientists use all sorts of different ways to name the new plants, animals and fossils they find.
Two parts - Scientific names usually have two parts, just as people have a first name and a family name.
Latin or Ancient Greek - Often the names use words from Latin or Ancient Greek.