1. What sort of geological collections do you look after? I am Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and, more specifically, curator in charge of palaeontology, geology, and osteology. The geological collections at the Horniman Museum can be loosely divided into three main sections; the Bennett Collection of fossil material, the … More Sharks, Dinosaurs and Walruses- An Interview with Dr Emma Nicholls
Natural History Museum, London – 10th May 2018 We have all been there; you open a box/drawer/cupboard that possibly has not been opened in a very long time. Then that sulphurous, acid smell hits you, and you see the yellow and white fluff all over your beautiful specimens! – ‘Pyrite! Argh, quick, call the Conservation … More Pyrite Oxidation: Where Are We Now?
In June 2017, the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC) commissioned me to undertake specialist user and audience research focused on their extensive geological collections. The RIC runs the Royal Cornwall Museum and the Courtney Library—a specialist research library containing extensive papers also related to geology. This year, 2018, sees the bicentenary of the founding of … More Future of the Royal Institution of Cornwall’s Geology Collections
I have been interested in building stones for a long time. It may stem from reading an article about Wigan building stones, when I was at sixth-form, in a booklet called Geological Routes around Wigan (Grayson, R. & Williamson, I. A, (Eds.) 1977), published by the now sadly extinct Wigan and District Geological Society. I … More Permian Rock Comes to Liverpool
Zoë Hughes, programme secretary of the Geological Curators’ Group recently attended the Geological Society of America conference in Seattle (October 22-25 2017) here are her thoughts: After a long 10 hour flight I made it to Seattle! Initially it was much less flat than I expected (I’m not, in retrospect, sure what I expected….). Friday … More A Trip to Seattle to Check out the Geological Society of America Conference
What does GCG Chair Matthew Parkes get up to in his day job as geological curator for the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin? We asked him ‘six questions’ to find out more about his role: What sort of Geological collections do you look after? As the only geological curator in the Natural History Museum in Dublin … More Six questions for a geological curator – Matthew Parkes – Dublin
By Cindy Howells, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff In the first post of our ‘geological object of the month’ series, I wanted to treat us all to a Christmas tree of geological specimens! Can you identify the different elements? 1. Tree: Mariopteris, the fossilised frond of a fern common … More Geological object of the month: a specimen Christmas tree