News from the Sector – May

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News from the Sector is a monthly blog series featuring the latest geological and palaeontological news, jobs, exhibitions, and conferences. If you or your institution has anything they would like to add, or advertise on GCG’s News from the Sector, please get in touch at

Conferences and Workshops

The Museums Association Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Brighton this year, from the 3rd to the 5th October. Early Bird Registration closes on the 31st July.

The 8th Symposium about Dinosaur Palaeontology and their Environment is taking place later this year, between the 5th and the 7th September, in Burgos, Spain. Not only is this their 20th Anniversary, but it is not an annual conference so if you miss the 2019 one you’re in for a wait. The deadline for abstracts and early bird registration is 12th July.

If art is your thing and you fancy a trip to Barcelona, there is an Introduction to the Art of Science: Scientific Illustration course being run from the November 11th-15th. There is no closing date for registration but places are limited to 16 people and it is first come first served. “This course is designed to help scientists, science communicators, artists, and adults interested in natural history develop the observation skills and drawing skills they need to record, distill, and visually communicate observations made of natural history objects and organisms.” It sounds superb!

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Exhibitions and Events

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is currently on at the Natural History Museum, London. If you would like to see it there, you have one month left as it closes on the 30th June 2019.

A new exhibition at the (relatively) recently re-opened University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, is called Evolution as Inspiration. The exhibition runs from 17th May until 15th September 2019. Sir David Attenborough said of the exhibition; “There is a new dimension to the Museum’s exhibits… in this amazing, unprecedented, unique and unforgettable exhibition. It’s a joy.” Well, there you go!

I’m enjoying tracing the journey of Natural History Museum London’s Dippy the Diplodocus in order to give you updates so, here is the latest! Dippy is now at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, where it features in an exhibition called Dippy on Tour; A Natural History Adventure. The exhibition runs from the 18th May, until the 6th October 2019.

A new exhibition called British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers just opened last week at Tring Natural History Museum. ‘Explore the surprising diversity of British dinosaur species and find out about the dinosaurs that still live among us in our gardens and parks’. Open until the 11th October.

Hull Geological Society is holding a ‘Rock and Fossil Roadshow’ at Flamborough Village Hall as part of the Yorkshire Geology Month. Due to take place on the 9th June between from 11am and 3pm, the event will include rock and fossil exhibits by members of the Society as well as an exciting sounding ‘lucky dip’. You can also take any rocks or fossils from your own collection along for identification.

The Fossil Swamp is a new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff, part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. It opened last week and is due to run for a year, until the 17th May 2020. “This new exhibition reveals a snapshot in time from 300 million years ago – when a vast tropical swamp covered what is now Wales. The Fossil Swamp had monster plants, giant insects, thunderstorms and floods.”

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Job Vacancies

The Science Museum at Blythe House, London, has a vacancy for an Object HandlerDeadline 2nd June 2019.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is advertising for a Family Learning Assistant. Deadline 5th June 2019.

The Natural History Museum’s vacancies page currently lists four roles:

  • Volunteer and Apprenticeships Strategy Manager. Deadline 31st May.
  • Citizen Science Manager. Deadline 28th May 2019.
  • Digital Special Collections Librarian, Library and Archives. Deadline 3rd June 2019.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher; “Although focused on extant teleosts, this project will involve researchers from both the Earth Sciences and Life Sciences departments, and may include work on fossils as well”. Deadline 10th June 2019.

Birmingham Museums are looking for a Research Assistant (Science and Industry)Deadline 1st July 2019.

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Send us Your Stuff

If you would like to contribute content to our monthly blog series News from the Sector (and get some free advertising!), please get in touch with Emma Nicholls, email

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News from the Sector is compiled by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

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