As you can imagine, due to the weird world in which we are now (temporarily) living, the original list of events and exhibitions that we would update each month has been impacted by a great many cancellations and closures. However, there are some fantastic events are being held online. Much like the rest of you … More News from the Sector – June
Written by Nigel Larkin, who is a GCG Committee Member, and palaeontological preparator, conservator and curator (Natural History Conservation) Like many people who are members of the Geological Curators’ Group, my passion for geology and palaeontology isn’t just a 9 to 5 thing. I wouldn’t say it is an all-consuming 24/7 obsession either but as well … More The Geological Record is Full of Cr*p
Written by Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. William Wordsworth, one of the most famous poets in the English-speaking world, was born in Cockermouth 250 years ago last month on the 7th of April 1770. In his 1814 poem ‘The Excursion – book III’, Wordsworth wrote: ‘He who with pocket-hammer smites the … More Happy 250th Birthday Wordsworth! But What Did he Think of Geologists?
Written by Emma Bernard, Curator of Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum London “How can you work from home when you are a curator?” is something I’ve been asked several times since lockdown began and those of us who are able, have started trying to work from home. I’m the curator of fossil fish at … More How Can You Work From Home When You’re A Curator?
1. Tell us about your work for the GCG committee I am the Programme Secretary of the GCG. This involves planning and liaising with a whole variety of people to run our events. Recently I have been writing a series of guidance documents to make running events a smoother process. I am also trying to … More Six Questions for a GCG Committee Member – Zoe Hughes
As you can imagine, due to the weird world in which we are now (temporarily) living, the original list of events and exhibitions that we would update each month has been impacted by a great many cancellations and closures. However, parts of the sector are bouncing back as best they can and whilst we try … More News from the Sector – May
Written by Simon Harris, Collections Conservation and Digitisation Manager, British Geological Survey What made you decide to join the GCG? I joined in early 2009, when I was working as a freelancer for various museums doing collections management tasks such as photography, data entry, object marking, etc. I was living in south Somerset and the … More Reflections on 10+ years as a GCG member
Written by Gabrielle Heffernan, Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust Tullie House’s recently designated natural science collection is, perhaps, currently best known nationally for its recent, somewhat over-sized, acquisition of Driggsby the whale; a juvenile fin whale stranded on a West Cumbrian beach in 2014. In addition, local visitors have for years enjoyed … More Cumbria’s Past, Our Future: Rediscovering Tullie House’s Designated Geology Collection
Written by Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. Fossil Buckminsterfullerene-type structures, colloquially known as ‘buckyballs’, have been discovered by Cambridge palaeobiologist Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill and Aaron Hunter in stemless crinoids of Cretaceous age preserved in the collections of the Sedgwick Museum. Quantitative analysis of two species of these aberrant echinoderms, commonly … More Fossil ‘Buckyball’ Structures Found in Cretaceous Crinoids
Written by Rebecca Morris-Buck, Communications and Programmes Manager, Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre This article has been re-posted from the Creswell Crags site, and was originally posted on 23rd March 2020. Creswell Crags was already facing a huge financial challenge in 2020. Closure as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, with unprecedented weeks ahead, now … More Creswell Crags Under Threat of Permanent Closure