Royal Society funds Doncaster hero

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Communities across the UK are celebrating the scientific heroes on their doorsteps with the help of the Royal Society’s Local Heroes scheme.

15 museums and galleries across the country have been selected to take part in the Royal Society grant scheme which provides funding of up to £3,000 for exhibitions and events which reveal local stories of scientific brilliance.

Among those chosen is Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, which is celebrating Doncaster born 26-year-old Dean Lomax - a palaeontologist and honorary scientist at the University of Manchester. The Museum is planning a series of events, including an opportunity for children to go on a fossil hunt with dinosaur expert Dean and get inspired by a career in science.

All 15 projects chosen to receive funding from the Royal Society Local Heroes scheme unearth the stories of scientists from across the ages – from pioneers of the industrial age, to intrepid Victorian dinosaur hunters and the discoverers of Polythene.

Judging panel chair, Prof Jonathan Ashmore, said: “This is a fantastic nation-wide celebration of past and present scientists.”