Commemorating the link between school and Sir Richard Owen

Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

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Last week I managed to get along to the unveiling of the Blue Plaque from the Society of Biology at Lancaster Royal Grammar School to commemorate the link between Sir Richard Owen and our local school.

The unveiling was followed by a talk from Dr David Williams who is a fossil and algae researcher at the Natural History Museum in London.

This has become something of an annual event for me and great credit to the staff and students for the research that goes into the presentations and the challenging questions that followed.

As I am sure some of you will know Victorian, Sir Richard, who is known for ‘coining’ the word dinosaur attended the Grammar school in his youth and went on to establish the Natural History Museum in 1881.

It was another great advert for our town and LRGS even if it sounded from the talk that he wasn’t the nicest of people to know.

I also attended Lancaster Girl’s Grammar School to do a question and answer session as well as watch presentations by the Year 9 students.

This has become something of an annual event for me and great credit to the staff and students for the research that goes into the presentations and the challenging questions that followed.

Still with an education theme, but this time at the University, I called in to a vInspired event run by students.

As some of you will know vInspired is a leading independent charity that helps young people volunteer in ways that matter to them and I was pleased that these students decided to choose the ‘do you care’ campaign.

This campaign is designed to highlight the number of carers that are themselves children and the problems they face.

There has already been some recognition of this issue with changes to the Care Act of 2014 which now means that local authorities must ensure that children and young people involved in caring for an adult or child relative receive a needs assessment for health and social care support.

Finally, I attended a debate at the campus in the city shop on Saturday evening to debate lowering the voting age to 16. It was part of a project in demonstrating the students could put on such an event but it also turned into an enjoyable and thought provoking event.