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Episodes of 'What's Beneath Our Feet?'

Episode 1: Finding the Black Stuff
Episode 2: Down in the Dirt
Episode 3: The Greatest Trick Ever Learned
Episode 4: Jurassic Journey

In light of the current circumstances concerning COVID-19, please follow government guidance on outdoor activity before participating in anything shown in the videos. The fossils are millions of years old; they won't disappear overnight!

Unearthing our Geology

The Common Room have an expansive geology collection, which includes a wide selection of both minerals and rocks. Throughout this series, each episode will explore specimens from our collection that help us understand geology and strata, and why they were so important to mining.

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The Rock Showman

Hello, my name is The Rock Showman! I have travelled the world as both a Circus Man and a Geologist but wherever I go, I always question, "What’s beneath my feet?". To discover fossils, you’ve got to understand what’s under where you stand! In this series, we will be exploring the fascinating earth history of North East England. Join me and my Rock Hounds as we find out what’s beneath our feet!

Episode 1:
Finding the Black Stuff

In this episode, The Rock Showman and his Rock Hounds head to the North East coastline in search of coal…because where there is coal, there are fossils!

Using his scientific knowledge and geology tools, The Rock Showman explains how you can find fossils and identify different specimens.

Episode 2:
Down in the Dirt

Join The Rock Showman as he travels back in time using archaeology and geology to uncover some of the ancient history of North-East England.

In this episode, The Rock Showman explores whether his backyard has any Roman remains, visits nearby Hadrian's Wall and takes a trip back in time by visiting the fossilised forest of Low Hauxley in Northumberland.

Episode 3:
The Greatest Trick Ever Learned

What is the Greatest Trick ever learned? See the Rock Showman reveal all in this episode!

Join him and his Rockhounds on an adventure to Woodhorn Museum...

Episode 4:
Jurassic Journey

How are fossils made? How can you find them?

Join The Rock Showman as he explores Yorkshire's Jurassic Coast to answer these questions and more. The Rockhounds can't wait to find a dinosaur...but The Rock Showman has never found one before, could this be his lucky day?

In light of the current circumstances concerning COVID-19, please follow government guidance on outdoor activity before participating in anything shown in the videos. The fossils are millions of years old; they won’t disappear overnight!

Here at The Common Room, we are passionate about the mining heritage of the North East. Working with our partners, and with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able to bring to life the geology of the region, and encourage you to explore and be inspired by what's beneath your feet. Thank you to The Rock Showman for this series of videos.

Photo of the Rock Showman pointing to a rock outcrop, while holding a piece of coal