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It all started with curious nine-year-old and the question she asked her mother. Where in their hometown of Lyme Regis was a statue of Mary Anning, pioneer of the Victorian fossil hunt. who, as she recently discovered, lived and worked there?

There wasn’t oneAnya Pearson was forced to resent daughter. Anning’s life of discoveries, including first skeleton of an ichthyosaur aged of just 12 – may have greatly influenced the emerging science of paleontology, but in her own city in Dorset and far beyond, she was almost forgotten.

Schoolgirl Evie Swire is now 15 years old and on On Saturday, he and Pearson will see that the injustice has finally been remedied. with opening of startling new a statue of Anningraised and funded by campaign they started out straight result of Evie’s question.

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— MaryAnningRocks (@MaryAnningRocks) May 13, 2022


Having overcome planning delays and Covid, we were forced to twice to find new website and crowdfunding more over £150,000 through their Mary Anning Rocks campaign, the couple describe the moment as particularly enjoyable.

“I knew it one the day it was supposed to happen, but obviously now that it’s finally here, I’m very happy and very proud of it.” says Evie. Anning, in her opinion, “would be very glad that she finally received the recognition she deserved.”

Anning is born in 1799 in family who literally scraped his life off the coast around the nascent resort of Lyme Regis, excavating fossils from dangerously crumbling rocks and selling them to collectors and museums. In addition to ichthyosaur, her finds include first complete plesiosaur skeleton and first pterosaur found in Britannia.

But she was much more than a bone hunter says anthropologist and broadcaster Alice Roberts, supporter of a statue campaign at first.

“She was not just fossil collector, and that’s really important. She realized what she was looking for, she’s engaged with in science of time, although obviously [as a working-class woman] she couldn’t be a member of Any of learned societies of time.”

While Anning was certainly not given full credit for her experience, Roberts notes, “that doesn’t mean she wasn’t widely known in her time. Even in spite of in 19th century before it was much less women how men involved in science and writing there was a lot more about science – and there is a lot that we have forgotten.”

design for a statue of Mary Anning. Photo: Mary Anning/PA Statue Campaign.

This wave starts to change, she feels and for Mary Anning, it certainly is. in past For several years Anning was added to the elementary curriculum, and had a set of rooms named after her at London’s Natural History Museum, where many of her finds are now preserved. A film about her life “Ammonite” was released with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles. in 2020.

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“Now the kids are growing up up knowing who she is; This just part of their educational DNA, so it’s brilliant,” says Pearson. “She is in really reliable hands with in next generation.”

And it’s not just Anning. “What’s really great about campaign what did it show us that there are many of I love out there for historically forgotten women” says Pearson. Others were inspired campaign erect their own statues, with at least eight other projects currently under way under an umbrella group called VISIBLEwomenUK. “This is the end result of what happens when you put a load of women in room together. We’re doing shit!”

For Roberts who will open the statue, accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter”Is it so important for our girls to see it people and hear those stories. It is important for our boys to hear these stories and understand what you are know, history of science is not exclusively male.

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