Funding brings 600 million years of natural history back to life

03 December 2018

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The South Australian Museum and Beach Energy have teamed up to bring Australia’s largest fossil festival to life in 2019.

Fossil Fest will be held on 13-15 April 2019 in Adelaide, providing a wide range of experiences and allowing children and adults alike to immerse themselves in the amazing world of fossils. The event will showcase South Australia’s rich fossil heritage and uncover fascinating research and unmatched fossil discoveries.

Director of the South Australian Museum, Brian Oldman, said that the South Australian Museum is dedicated to delivering programs that foster lifelong curiosity, critical and creative thinking through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) learning.

“That’s why we’re thrilled by our partnership with Beach Energy, as it will help inquisitive young minds to grow,” said Mr Oldman.

“The South Australian Museum is THE place to be for anyone who is interested in how life on Earth has transformed over the last 600 years. The earliest forms of complex life are found right here in South Australia, and during Fossil Fest our state’s youngest researchers will get to examine them close up.

“Kids can dig for Ediacaran fossils in our dig pits and then learn from some of the world’s top palaeontologists about what makes these fossils so special,” said Mr Oldman.

Fossil Fest is one component of a growing partnership between Beach Energy and the South Australian Museum, with other programs including Out of the Glass Case and Young Explorers.

“The partnership with the South Australian Museum will help more young people get excited by the endless possibilities of science,” said Beach Energy CEO Matt Kay

“Beach is delighted to continue our support for the South Australian Museum, and we are very pleased to see Fossil Fest take place in April 2019.

“Our partnerships are about getting more people, particularly children, actively involved in science, technology, engineering and maths and creating a greater awareness of how geology impacts our everyday lives,” Mr Kay said.

The Out of the Glass Case Program brings the Museum to regional, rural and remote areas of South Australia including the APY Lands, while the Young Explorers program allows children and their families to enjoy an interactive experience that immerses them in the stories, objects and spaces of the Museum.