Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace are the subject of two talks at Chatham Library this autumn.

The Maidstone Dinosaur – Gideon Mantell and the discovery of Iguanodon is the title of a talk by Pete Golding.

Geology specialist Pete will describe how Mantell came to discover the dinosaur bones in a pit in Maidstone in 1834.

The original bones are now on display at the Natural History Museum in London. Other various iguanodon fossils are on display in the Maidstone museum.

The talk takes place on Thursday, 8 September at 7.30pm in Chatham Library.

The Great Exhibition of 1851: a look at the Crystal Palace is the title of a talk by Anne Carter.

Former Gad’s Hill teacher and Dickens administrator Anne will describe how the Crystal Palace – designed to display the wonders of industry and manufacturing during the Great Exhibition – was the most breathtaking exhibit of all.

The talk will take place on Thursday, 13 October at 7.30pm in Chatham Library.

Both talks are free to attend but booking is essential. Phone 01634 337799