Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign by a teenage girl, Mary Anning, a fossil hunter and palaeontologist, will now be made into a statue.
The teenage girl who set this into motion was Evie Swire, a 13 year old of Lyme Regis Dorset. It all began when she was disappointed to learn that in spite of Anning’s contribution to palaeontology, there was no statue to celebrate her. Anning was born into a poor family and although she made many significant finds along the Dorset coast, they were credited to the male collectors who bought her fossils.
Determined to raise awareness about Anning and her story, Swire launched a crowdfunder and raised £70,000 to commission a sculptor.
A statue of Anning will now be erected in Lyme Regis on 21 May 2022, the 223rd anniversary of her birth.