Hopefully the 13th January is not too late to put up a post looking back at 2014, and forward to 2015? Hidden Horizons is just over a year old now and what an exciting year it has been.
Its amazing to to think that a year ago we were working with our friends at Inchpunch Design to develop our logo, Tony Bartholomew and David Chalmers were busy organising some amazing photography and we had not even moved into our office at Woodend with Askew Brook. This year will see us move offices, staying in Woodend but we need a bit more space for all the fossils and other equipment we have amassed over the year.
We had a very busy summer of events, both for schools and the public, and thanks are due to John Bell, Jane Pottas, Peter Turton, John Hudson, Andy Exton, Nick Lishman and Tim Burkinshaw who helped lead rock-pooling and fossil hunting trips and provide some great experiences as can be seen in our reviews on TripAdvisor, many thanks to everybody who came on our trips, we hope to see you again. Events for 2015 will be online very soon so keep checking back here, on Twitter or on Facebook.
We also helped out at events organised by York Museums Trust and the North York Moors National Park, and then there was the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and Horace the Pliosaur… September saw us working with Scarborough Museums Trust and The Palaeontological Association to organise the Yorkshire Fossil Festival over three days. It was fabulous, with around 7000 people coming to meet organisations and geologists from organisations including the Natural History Museum, the British Geological Survey and many others. Even the weather played ball! Hopefully the event will happen again in the future, we would love to be part of it again.
We also had a really interesting year work on various consultancy projects with Goole Museum, the Ryedale Folk Museum, Creswell Crags and National Museums Scotland. 2015 is already already looking busy with projects continuing with many of these organisations as well as new work with Natural England, Leeds City Museum and Scarborough Museums Trust.
Looking forward to 2015 we have lots of exciting projects coming up, including a brand new schools package, an expanded events programme that will include fossil hunting rock-pooling, dinosaur walks and new for 2015 some mini-beast hunts. We also would love to develop the birthday sessions we started last year, including fossil hunts but also we can come to you with dinosaur skulls and other prehistoric treasures. Early this year we will be moving offices and we have also collaborated with Tony Bartholomew and David Chalmers on an exciting project called Sol8 as part of Coastival. Finally we will send all the info to Sneaky Trick so our website will finally be finished (that is a public commitment from us!).
Hopefully we will see you in 2015, if you would like to get in touch about anything we can help with then we would love to have a chat.
Will Watts – Hidden Horizons