Written by Matthew Parkes, Chair of the Geological Curators’ Group, and Assistant Keeper at National Museum Ireland
The Geological Curators’ Group Brighton Medal Award goes to…
It is the most pleasing duty of the Chairman of the Geological Curators’ Group, at the end of a three-year term of office, to make an award of the Group’s medal to a deserving person. The recipient in 2019 is to be Monica Price, recently retired from a variety of roles at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which together represent a lifetime career of curating mineral and rock collections.
Having learnt from curatorial giants, and former Brighton Medal recipients like Bob King and Roy Clements on the Leicester Museum Studies Course, Monica got an Assistant Curator post in Oxford where she has since spent her career. During that time Monica has embodied all of the facets of a geological curator that the Brighton Medal is intended to acknowledge. As well as recognising the absolutely vital role Monica fulfilled in the fundamental care of mineral and rock collections, the Award celebrates her important contributions in fostering our profession through active involvement in GCG and other fora and her significant work in raising awareness of the importance of collections through books and websites on decorative building stones.
The solid silver Medal was instigated in 1992 in commemoration of A.G. “Bertie” Brighton formerly of the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge. It is at this very Museum that the award will be presented to Monica on the 10th December 2019, during the Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators’ Group. Everyone, GCG members and otherwise, are very welcome to attend the meeting where a fuller citation of Monica’s achievements will be made.
For further information on the 2019 AGM Seminar meeting please see our Events page.
For further information on the Brighton Medal and previous recipients please follow this link.