Scarborough Museums Trust

Scarborough Museums Trust is a charitable trust responsible for the management of the Rotunda, the William Smith Museum of Geology, Scarborough Art Gallery and Scarborough Collections.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • The Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
    Scarborough Museums Trust has one of the foremost collections of Jurassic geology on the Yorkshire Coast. With over 5500 fossils and 3000 minerals, the strengths of the collection include: numerous type specimens, which were the first of their kind ever to be described and one finest collections of Middle Jurassic fossil plants in the country. The collection also includes a large selection of Cretaceous fossils from the Speeton Clay and the Chalk, a wide variety of Upper and Lower Jurassic specimens, specimens from the Ice Age such as mammoth teeth and fossils from the Kirkdale Cave and a pristine Carboniferous plant collection.

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Fossil Hunts and Responsible Fossil Collecting Guidance. Local experts assist at four local sites to hunt for evidence of Jurassic life from 180 million years ago. The Rotunda Museum encourage the public to collect (responsibly) and bring their finds to the museum to ensure that local finds are identified and documented, and valuable scientific information isn’t lost.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Fossil Hunts and Responsible Fossil Collecting Guidance. Local experts assist at four local sites to hunt for evidence of Jurassic life from 180 million years ago. The Rotunda Museum encourage the public to collect (responsibly) and bring their finds to the museum to ensure that local finds are identified and documented, and valuable scientific information isn’t lost.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • The Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
    The Rotunda Geology Group: group newsletter - first published in December 2009 documenting the activities of the group (indoor meetings and field visits) undertaken since the group was first established in 2006. The newsletter will be continue to be updated annually in future.

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Easy Steps to Geology’ - guided walks which provide an introduction to the geology of Scarborough’s famous South Bay including the Jurassic period, the last Ice Age and the impact of coastal erosion.

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Fossil Hunts and Responsible Fossil Collecting Guidance. Local experts assist at four local sites to hunt for evidence of Jurassic life from 180 million years ago. The Rotunda Museum encourage the public to collect (responsibly) and bring their finds to the museum to ensure that local finds are identified and documented, and valuable scientific information isn’t lost.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Rotunda Family Fun Days explore a different aspect of the museum through a combination of science and art, including looking at the mineral crystals on display, giving families the opportunity to understand the artistry in rocks, and also to create artwork in response to these fascinating objects.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • The Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
    Download-able learning package for visiting school groups to the museum (for key stage 1 and 2 children) including fossil collecting session on the beach (including Responsible Collecting Techniques) and looking at the museum’s collection of fossils and minerals.

  • Dinosaur Coast: collaboration between Scarborough Museums Trust, North York Moors National Park, Natural England and Whitby Museum.
    Dino Quizzes (x3) about the sites and fossils found in North & East Yorkshire - online fun and learning for children