North East Yorkshire Geology Trust which protects geology in a wide area of the North York Moors National Park and Ryedale, has secured a £60,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to study the life of a leading figure in the geology world, Lewis Hunton.
Mike Windle, director of the trust, said: “The project will celebrate the life of a 24-year-old geologist whose work would become known as biostratigraphy which has been fundamental to the development of the science of geology.”
Hunton was born in North Yorkshire in 1814 and made a critical advance in geology.
The emphasis of the scheme will be to involve the community of Loftus where he was born and grew up and based his research.
Mr Windle added: “Engaging young people and school children is crucial in deprived regions and is central to the ethos of the Trust. It will launch new geonaut clubs, school workshops and internships for young people studying geology.”
Matt Parsons, education and skills manager at York Potash, one of the supporters of the project, said: “This is a great community project to be supporting especially as private funding can be matched with public money to help the project go further. We are committed to working with partners to raise awareness of science and especially geology.”