Hands-on fossil experience at Colchester museum

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at the Fantastic Fossils event at Colchester's Natural History Museum. - Credit: Su Anderson

Fossils were brought to life at a museum event for all the family.

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at the Fantastic Fossils event at Colchester's Natural History Museum. - Credit: Su Anderson

People of all ages got to grips with the historic artefacts at the Colchester Natural History Museum.

Visitors could hold the fossils, which are usually kept behind glass displays, during the interactive sessions held in the half-term break.

More than 470 people attended the events, with both sessions fully-booked.

Experts from GeoSuffolk were also on hand as well as museum staff to inform and entertain the visitors.

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at the Fantastic Fossils event at Colchester's Natural History Museum. - Credit: Su Anderson


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Sam Gray, museum assistant, said: “It was very popular. There were children of all ages and even some adults which was fantastic.

“We had a lot of people bringing along their own fossils to be identified.

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“It was very exciting for people to be able to get hands on with the specimens.”

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at

Leyla Huo, 11, and Flynn Worley, 10, hold fossils and skulls with Bob Markham, from Geo Suffolk, at the Fantastic Fossils event at Colchester's Natural History Museum. - Credit: Su Anderson

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