Dinosaur adventure at Cuckfield Museum

Tavistock & Summerhill pupils enjoy trip to Cuckfield Museum
Tavistock & Summerhill pupils enjoy trip to Cuckfield Museum

On Wednesday 22nd April, Stomping down Cuckfield High Street, the Reception class of Tavistock & Summerhill School were in search of adventure.

It’s a little known fact that, 125 million years before our school trip began, Cuckfield was home to a very different sort of beast. Instead of the miniature marauding monsters we see today, the land was filled with dinosaurs. Indeed, it was a Cuckfield dinosaur, specifically Iguanadon, that was among the first in the world to be described as a ‘Dinosaur’.

What’s more, some of the original fossil remains, uncovered on Whiteman’s Green, are still housed in Cuckfield Museum today—including the bones of Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus and the Iguanadon –munching meat-eater Megalosaurus.

‘Cuckfield Museum is such a wonderful place for a school trip,’ said Reception teacher, Mrs Phillips, who led the expedition. ‘The children are always so excited to discover just how much dinosaur history we have right here on our doorstep!’

The school would like to thank Rebecca Skiming, resident dinosaur expert at Cuckfield Museum, for sharing her knowledge of our prehistoric past.

Report and picture contributed by Tavistock & Summerhill School.