VALUING ASBO: Reflections of a Socialist Fossil Collector – Keith Hackett – Saturday 24th October – 2.00pm – Guildhall

What responsibilities does the possession of a grade A vertebrate fossil bring, to its owner, to the town where it was found, to the wider academic community of palaeontology, and to public policy makers in the UK and beyond? A provocative analysis of the conflicted roles of the collector, the policy maker and the academic within the global market place for grade A specimens.

On 21 March 2007 fossil collectors Mary Coates and Keith Hackett, found the remains of a meter long fossil fish on the foreshore below Church Cliffs in Lyme Regis. This turned out to be one of the best preserved specimens of Furo Philloptea ever found. They nicknamed it ASBO.

Attendee warning: This event expects audience participation.