Mantell’s time in Brighton

Now that the walks have finished there is one event left of the programme in May to celebrate the life and times of Gideon Mantell. Come along to hear more about Mantell’s brief time living in Brighton, his dinosaur finds and what these  revolutionary theories about geological time meant to society at the time.

The talk was held on Wednesday 26th May at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance. John Cooper shared some of his recent work on the Brighton Press at the time and what they wrote about Mantell and his museum in their midst.  Entitled “Why did it all go so wrong” his talk helped to illustrate some of the influences that caused Mantell to have to sell all his collection and leave Brighton just a few years later.

For more information on this see John Cooper’s article Gideon Mantell and the Brighton Press 1834- 1838 in Journal of West Sussex History No 77 2008-9 p33-46. This forms part of a series of essays entitled “what on earth is under Sussex?

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