Dinosaur Croutons and ?Feathered Pterosaurs

SVPCA began with a bang (metaphorically… we’re all professionals here) as scores of palaeontologists excitedly oozed between the dioramas for the ice breaker at Dinosaur Isle. Hugs and handshakes were in abundance as the buffet decreased in size and people greeted old friends. As the evening wore on, a correlation appeared between the number of … More Dinosaur Croutons and ?Feathered Pterosaurs

Celebrating 30 years of the Curry Fund – with Doris the Pliosaurus

Written by Isla Gladstone, Senior Curator for Natural Sciences at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery The Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association (GA) is a rare and special thing for those of us who work with geological collections. A pot of money entirely dedicated to geology! The fund aims to help more people enjoy geology … More Celebrating 30 years of the Curry Fund – with Doris the Pliosaurus

Good Collections Practice is a Shared Responsibility

Written by Pip Brewer, Curator of Fossil Mammals at the Natural History Museum London. A new PhD student contacts you to loan specimens critical to their project and the deadline is imminent. This is the first time they have contacted you. You already have several enquiries, loans and destructive sampling requests to process before you … More Good Collections Practice is a Shared Responsibility

An Investigation into Dating Remedial Actions Affecting Old Mineral Collections

Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator The villains of this story are those minerals that have a remarkable aptitude for decay.  The heroes?  Those people who intervene and “stop the rot”.  With a bit of luck, the heroes have left behind clues as to the date of their intervention. I had … More An Investigation into Dating Remedial Actions Affecting Old Mineral Collections