Lyme’s Literary and Fossil Treasures

Here is a blog post I wrote for the Geological Society of London: fossils and Jane Austen, what could be better?!

The Geological Society of London Blog

Unearthing literary ghosts and extinct creatures in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Anthea Lacchia (@AntheaLacchia)

lyme regisIn anticipation of the upcoming Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, which takes place from May 1-3 this year, let’s set off on a literary and geological tour through the charming streets and beaches of Lyme Regis, which is also known as the “pearl of Dorset”. We will be travelling through time, so hold on to your geological hats and period bonnets!

Literary Lyme

Portrait of Jane Austen in Lyme Regis countryside by her sister Cassandra Portrait of Jane Austen in Lyme Regis countryside by her sister Cassandra. Source:

It’s a misty afternoon in early 19th century Lyme. As you make your way through a narrow street, you hear the sound of ruffled skirts brushing against the pavement. You turn to see a group of women walking swiftly towards the harbour. Could one of them be Jane Austen?

Lyme Regis was a holiday destination for the Austen…

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