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Did you know that the first fossil shop in Britain was opened in Lyme Regis in 1826? It was run by Mary Anning, whose family supplemented their meagre income by digging fossils from the cliffs to sell as curios to holidaymakers. Mary became an expert in the field, consulted by academics and even visited by King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony: but as a woman she was not eligible to join the Geological Society.

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John Gould
Mary Anning
Percy Gilchrist

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If I were compelled to choose between living in west bromwich or florence I would make straight for west bromwich - J B Priestley
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