Construction of A Modern Boxed Mineral Collection

Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator Those who know me or have suffered my many articles in the Blog section of the GCG will be aware of my passion for mineralogy and especially those antique collections housed in custom made boxes. Having studied the progression of the contents of these boxes … More Construction of A Modern Boxed Mineral Collection

Excavating the ‘Rutland Sea Dragon’, the largest ichthyosaur skeleton ever to be found in the UK!

By GCG Committee Member Nigel Larkin – a freelance palaeontological conservator, preparator and curator Please note: All the photos herein are subject to copyright and have been taken by various members of the team. Although fieldwork is the aspect I enjoy most about being a palaeontologist, proper excavations come along all too rarely. So it … More Excavating the ‘Rutland Sea Dragon’, the largest ichthyosaur skeleton ever to be found in the UK!

The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology – Michael J. Benton

Written by Jenna Davenport, Palaeontology MPhil student at Manchester University When you think about the key people in palaeontology, one of the first names to pop up is Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol. Like many students, I have sitting on one of my over-stuffed bookshelves well-thumbed copies of his classic textbooks: Vertebrate … More The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology – Michael J. Benton

In the Beginning – The Geological Curators Group Story

Written by Cindy Howells, GCG Committee Member and Curator of Palaeontology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales As GCG builds towards its 50th anniversary in 2024, I felt it might be timely now to look back though our history, our successes and our failures, and especially not forgetting the people involved. In Geological Curator Volume … More In the Beginning – The Geological Curators Group Story

News from the Sector – December

Conferences and Events The 3rd Palaeontological Virtual Congress will run until 15th December 2021. The Palaeontological Association is holding their Annual Conference at the University of Manchester 18th – 20th December 2021. Registration closes 10th December, and there are both ‘in person’ and ‘virtual’ registration options. The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Conference will … More News from the Sector – December

Nature’s Time Capsules – A Review of Locked in Time

A Review of Dr Dean Lomax’s Locked in Time by Nathan Kitto Have you ever wondered what fossilised flatulence looks like or how it’s even possible for the passing of wind to be recorded and preserved for millions of years? Did you ever wonder about epic battles between extinct creatures and how similar they are … More Nature’s Time Capsules – A Review of Locked in Time

Curators Rising to the Challenge During the Pandemic

Written by University of Portsmouth PhD student Roy Smith and his supervisor Prof. David Martill Covid has presented us all with significant challenges, and it is doubtful if any walk of life has escaped having to implement shutdowns, social distancing or finding new ways to deliver services. Universities in England had to rapidly (over a … More Curators Rising to the Challenge During the Pandemic

News from the Sector – October

Conferences and Events The Geologists’ Association is hosting a special meeting Fossil Crustaceans Conference, to celebrate the life and work of Joe Collins, on 25th November 2021. Deadline for abstracts is 15th October 2021. The Geological Society is hosting The Moon and Early Earth conference. To be held in person at the Geological Society, Burlington … More News from the Sector – October