Funding awarded to commission geological artwork at the Market Hall Museum

The Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group’s Rob Holloway Award fund has generously awarded £5,200 to Heritage & Culture Warwickshire. The funding will enable the production and display of two bespoke scientific illustrations celebrating the geological past of Warwickshire, one of the most diverse in the country.

The artwork will be displayed in the newly refurbished Market Hall Museum which is due to re-open later this year. Dr Jon Radley, Curator of Natural Sciences, is already working with scientific illustrator Bob Nicholls, of Paleocreations.

The refurbishment of Market Hall Museum is part of the Our Warwickshire project, run by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project celebrates and promotes access to heritage within Warwickshire communities, as well as significantly improving the experience for visitors to the Museum; this makes it a high quality, participative visitor attraction, allowing the public to explore the history of Warwickshire. The project will also further develop the Our Warwickshire website, enabling county communities and people further afield to share and celebrate our local heritage.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Warwickshire County Council, said: “I would like to thank the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group for their generous support. The new artwork will be a fascinating contribution, helping to create more compelling, engaging and challenging displays at the Market Hall Museum.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Warwickshire County Council, said: “I wish to extend my thanks to the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group; their funding highlights the importance of the heritage of our County. The redeveloped Market Hall Museum will provide the modern environment for the public to enjoy this.”

Warwickshire’s geological history spans over 600 million years, from the volcanic eruptions of the Precambrian Period to the sands and gravels of the Pleistocene ice ages, formed over the last half-million years. Within these rocky deposits the county contains a huge variety of fossils, including the Wilmcote plesiosaur skeleton held in the museum collection.