In June, Pete Rawson accepted the Geological Society of London’s R.H. 2017 Worth Award on behalf of the Rotunda Museum and the Scarborough Museums Trust. This prestigious award, which was established in 1955 under the will of Richard Hansford Worth, is conferred on individuals or institutions in recognition of their achievements in outreach, public engagement and/or education.
In presenting the award Malcolm Brown, the President of the Geological Society, highlighted the leading role the museum plays in introducing amateurs (and children of all ages) to geology – especially the geology and palaeontology of the Yorkshire Coast. He noted the museum’s association with the Rotunda Geology Group and highlighted the fossil-handling sessions and the Yorkshire Fossil Festival among the museum’s important activities.
On behalf of the museum trustees and staff, Pete Rawson thanked the President and the Geological Society for the award and the recognition of the role the Rotunda Museum has played in enabling both young and old to explore the wonders of geology and especially of the beautifully exposed sequences of the Dinosaur Coast.