Tours offer a fascinating insight into the past

Proff Pete Rawson talks about fossils at Woodend museum with visitor Ken Short as guests look on.picture rich ponter  133914

Proff Pete Rawson talks about fossils at Woodend museum with visitor Ken Short as guests look on.picture rich ponter 133914

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People are being given the chance to have a peek behind the scenes at Scarborough Museums Trust.

The trust is running tours at Scarborough Collections, Woodend, on the final Tuesday of every month.

This week’s tour, led by Professor Pete Rawson, featured a look at a small but very significant part of the fossil collection – the ‘type’ and ‘figured’ specimens. These are both scientifically and historically important as they provide a reference for all subsequent research workers.

Whenever a new fossil (or living) species is described, a type specimen or specimens must be designated to provide the ultimate reference to the species with which all other examples can be compared. The Scarborough Collections contain some types of species that were described as far back as 1829 when John Phillips named and illustrated them in his classic work on the geology of the Yorkshire coast.

Each takes around an hour and costs £2. Participants are asked to meet at Scarborough Art Gallery at 2pm before heading next door to Woodend Creative Workspace.

Professor Pete Rawson is pictured with visitor Ken Short as guests look on.