Sharks, Dinosaurs and Walruses- An Interview with Dr Emma Nicholls

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

Future of the Royal Institution of Cornwall’s Geology Collections

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

A Trip to Seattle to Check out the Geological Society of America Conference

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

Six questions for a geological curator – Matthew Parkes – Dublin

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

Geological object of the month: a specimen Christmas tree

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