News from the Sector – January

Happy New Year to you all. January’s News from the Sector is coming from GCG’s new blog editor, Rob Theodore. I am picking up from the wonderful work our new Chair, Emma Nicholls, has been doing over the past few years, and I hope to continue her excellent efforts. I’m delighted to take on this role supporting our members in sharing their hard work, stories, knowledge and encouragement with each other.

For new members (or new readers) 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 Events

Professor Jenni Barclay will be giving the Geological Society’s February public lecture, entitled The stories we tell about volcanoes, and why it matters when they erupt on Monday 20th February 2023. This event will be held at The Geological Society, Burlington House, London, at 5pm.

Also on Monday 20th February 2023, Professor Phil Manning will be speaking about Dinosaur hunting in the 21st century. This bookable public lecture will be held at Herdman Lecture Theatre, University of Liverpool, between 6 and 7pm.

The Royal Society’s Sedimentology of Plastics meeting, due to take place on 20th-21st March 2023, has been postponed. More details will follow on their website.

If you are looking to explore more sustainable practice with your collections or use them to discuss climate change, MuseumNext’s Green Museums Summit might be for you. This virtual conference takes place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March 2023. More information, including costs, booking and schedule can be found on the website.

The NatSCA annual conference and AGM will be held at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2023. The deadline for submissions has been extended by a week, so you have until 5pm on Monday 6th February to get your abstracts in. All the details can be found here.

Abstract submissions are also now open for SPNHC 2023. The 38th Annual Meeting of The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections is being held in San Francisco, California from 28th May to 2th June 2023. Full details can be found here.

Dozens of local geology groups across the UK are beginning to share their 2023 programmes of talks and events, so visit their websites for information on what’s going on in your area.

The Lyme Regis Development Trust have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. They hope to return in 2024.


Oxford University Museum of Natural History opens a new exhibition, Connected Planet, on Tuesday 7th February 2023. An online version of the exhibition will follow.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur opens at the Natural History Museum on Friday 31st March 2023. Tickets cost £16 and the exhibition runs until 7th January 2024

Field Trips

The UK Association of Fossil Hunters are running fossil hunting trips in March and May. Each month they will visit two classic fossil localities, one on the South coast and one in South Wales.


Exciting news from the Horniman Museum, who are advertising for a new Senior Curator. The job description and selection criteria are on the Museum’s recruitment page: Jobs – working at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Please note the closing date for applications is 6th February.

There are number of vacancies at the Natural History Museum, including a collections documentation registrar for the NHM Unlocked project and a Visitor Assistant role at the Natural History Museum at Tring. All vacancies are on the Museum’s careers page: Careers at the NHM.

We’d love to share more opportunities for our members to find work in the sector – Please do get in touch if you have news of any vacancies, both paid and voluntary.

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 Rob Theodore, email If you would like to submit an article to our journal Geological Curator, please email our Journal Editor

News from the Sector is compiled by the GCG Blog Editor Rob Theodore, Exhibitions and Display Coordinator at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.

Images throughout © Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Please note, events listed above are not necessarily endorsed by the Geological Curators Group. If you have any concerns about a listing, please get in touch with us at


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