Sea Dragons of Street – Fossil Exhibition

Back by popular demand!

Following on from the amazing success of February’s exhibition of this remarkable collection of fossilised ichthyosaurs, the Alfred Gillett Trust is holding ONE more free pop-up exhibition in 2018 of fossilised ichthyosaurs found in Street. From 29 October-3 November 2018, the public can view the fossils and learn about how they were found and what they tell us about the local environment.

19 large ichthyosaur fossils will be on display, as well a selection of smaller fossils found in the local area. Known as ‘sea dragons’, ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine reptiles which swam in the warm seas which covered Somerset around 200 million years ago. Street is known internationally for the quality and quantity of the fossils found in the local blue lias rock.

The fossils were found in local quarries in the 19th century by Alfred Gillett, a cousin of the founders of Clarks the shoemakers. Clark family members were also interested in the fossils which were being discovered in the area, and this impressive collection gradually developed. First displayed in Glastonbury Town Hall in 1880, the fossils were soon moved into a purpose-built Geological Museum in Crispin Hall in Street, which was opened in 1887.

Noted geologists and academics visited the collection to study them, along with tourists and residents in the locality of Street. Such was the importance of the collection and the affection held for the fossils in the area that the newly formed Street Urban District Council chose the ichthyosaur as their symbol in 1894. It is still used today by local societies and associations.

Roar-some Activities

This Halloween half term will see the return of the Sea Dragons and they have created some Dino-mite activities to delight and amaze!

There will be FREE craft sessions available all day, every day, upstairs in our Barn, where you will also get the chance to meet Doreen the Sea Dragon.

We are excited to announce pre-bookable craft sessions being held in the main house. These sessions are being run in partnership with Big Lovely Mess and our very own local shadow puppet ninja, Jane Paterson. Details can be found here.

Essential Details

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Entrance to the exhibition and some activities is free, but donations towards the care and future display of the fossils would be gratefully received.

To find us: The Grange is opposite the restaurant terrace of Clarks Village, accessed via Car Park 4 (The Grange). Please DO NOT use the postcode as there is no entry via Farm Road.

For more details contact us or ring the Alfred Gillett Trust 01458 444060.