News from the Sector – February

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, or would like to write a blog for GCG, please get in touch at

Conferences and Events

To celebrate Neurodiversity Celebration Week, join us (the Geological Curators Group) for a Virtual ‘Coffee’ Morning – Neurodiversi-Tea: Celebrating Neurodiversity in Geological Collections This free to register event will take place 11am-12pm on Thursday 16th March. All neurodiversities and allies are welcome.

The History Of Geology Group (HOGG) will be sharing an online talk; Godfrey Bingley and the late nineteenth-century geological imagination, on Thursday 16th March between 2-3pm. Tickets are £5, book your place here.

The Geologist’s Association‘s March evening lecture Excavating plesiosaurs, by Richard Forrest, will be a hybrid talk in-person at Burlington House and on Zoom on Friday 17th March at 5:30pm for 6pm – Full details here.

Ruth Allington, President of the Geological Society, will be giving her President’s Public Lecture: Joining the dots …… Climate Change, Mineral Extraction and the Engineering Geologist on Wednesday 22nd March. Full booking details can be found here.

The 2023 Geochemistry Group Research In Progress Meeting will be held at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge on the 18th (afternoon only), 19th and 20th of April 2023. This meeting, focused on showcasing the work of early-career researchers, is a great opportunity for the UK and Ireland geochemistry community to meet. To register and/or submit an abstract, please visit the online registration page. The deadline for early-bird registration and abstract submission is the 17th March 2023 and for late registration is the 31st March.

A reminder that 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. You have unti 21st March to take advantage of early-bird rates.

Abstract submissions are still 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.

The Marine Reptile Conference will not take place this year but will return bigger, scalier, and with more teeth, in 2024. See the MRC website for more details.

Reember to check your local geology group’s websites for information of upcoming talks and events, and feel free to share them on the mailing list or blog comments.


Manchester Museum reopened its doors to the public earlier this month after an ambitious 18 month transformation.

The Great North Museum: Hancock‘s intriguing new exhibition, Myth Quest: Monsters and Mortals, opens on 25th March. This interactive, role-playing exhibition will feature a certain giant arthropod fossil discovered in the North West.

The BBC Earth Experience opens on 30th March at the Daikin Centre, Earl’s Court, London.

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

Lyme Regis Museum will be running fossil walks each weekend in March.

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.


Plowden and Smith are looking for a Senior Stone Conservator

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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