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

An Ediacaran Odyssey

Written by Hilary Ketchum, Collections Manager (Earth Collections), Oxford University Museum of Natural History A few weeks ago, I traveled down to Dorset with my fantastic volunteer Amber Wagstaffe in our very cool museum van* to take part in the 2019 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. We were going to meet Frankie Dunn (University of Bristol, … More An Ediacaran Odyssey