There’ll be dinosaur talks for all ages at this year’s Rock and Fossil Festival (28 and 29 September).
Geology experts are set to provide a variety of dinosaur themed talks for fellow scientists, interested adults and young dinosaur fans. They range from the light-hearted and interactive ‘How to be a dinosaur’ to the more high-tech topics of using CERN imaging technology to unlock some of the secrets of these mighty beasts.
The talks, organised by Dudley Council form part of the two day festival which draws an audience from across the country. Speakers at this year’s festival include distinguished academics from Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford Universities, acclaimed geologists and even a poet.
The talks will last around 40 minutes with time for questions and answers afterwards.
The festival offers a variety of family friendly entertainment at both Dudley Town Hall and Dudley Museum and Art Gallery from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
The event will also include stalls selling minerals, fossils and jewellery, fossil casting, trilobite racing, glitter tattoo artist, full sized woolly mammoth, various dinosaur craft activities and a competition for people to enter to win various prizes donated by the exhibitors at the event.
Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said:
"We’re so lucky to have attracted such top name academics to Dudley to share their knowledge with local audiences. Although they are all specialists, these 40 minute talks are fascinating and fun for all ages.
"I’m sure some of our younger dinosaur fans will be able to come up with some original questions for our speakers!"
Admission costs £2.60 for adults, £1.60 for children (ages 4 – 15) and £8 for a family ticket which admits two adults and three children. Under 4s go free. Price includes entrance and activities at both venues.
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Full lecture programme
Saturday 28 September
11am Dr Tom Elliot, Consulting Engineering Geologist and former mining advisor to the Black Country Development Corporation: ‘Water in the mines’ the story of the South Staffordshire Mines drainage efforts to take the water from the mines and to go deeper into the rocks of the Black Country
12.30pm Roy Starky, Former President of the Russell Society: ‘Mineralogical Marvels of the UK’ This beautifully illustrated talk will look at some of the wonders of British mineralogy.
2.30pm Dr Phil Manning, Manchester University: ‘Bright Lights and Dinosaurs’ The use of modern imaging technology to unlock the hidden secrets of Dinosaurs in particular new discoveries from CERN using the synchrotron radiation equipment there.
4pm Ian Henery, Walsall Poet Laureate: ‘The Poetry of the Rocks’ The rocks open up the minds eye to worlds of wonder. This presentation will be part performance and part explanation of the inspiration that the varied geology of the Black Country has given to create a host of new poems dedicated to the geodiversity of the Black Country
Sunday 29 September
11am Professor Derek Siveter, Oxford University: ‘Virtual Fossils: soft-bodied sensations from the Silurian of the Welsh Borderland’ This will be a fantastic journey into the 3D preserved soft bodied fossils of the Welsh Borders
12.30pm John Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham University: ‘The Lapworth Museum of Geology Reborn’ This talk will show the vision of the final designs for the complete remodelling of the Lapworth Museum of Geology on Birmingham university campus – A wonderful geological resource for the future and will give all of us a chance to comment on and influence the geology shown and interpreted in this amazing place.
2pm Adrian Durkin, Exhibition Officer Dudley Museum and Art Gallery: ‘ How to be a Dinosaur’ Fun Interactive family talk which looks at what features and attributes make a dinosaur and looks at moderns animals with a view to what has become of them.
3pm Ian Henery, Walsall Poet Laureate: ‘The Poetry of the Rocks’ The rocks open up the minds eye to worlds of wonder. This presentation will be part performance and part explanation of the inspiration that the varied geology of the Black Country has given to create a host of new poems dedicated to the geodiversity of the Black Country