The Geological Record is Full of Cr*p

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

How Can You Work From Home When You’re A Curator?

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?

Six Questions for a GCG Committee Member – Zoe Hughes

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

Reflections on 10+ years as a GCG member

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

Cumbria’s Past, Our Future: Rediscovering Tullie House’s Designated Geology Collection

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

Fossil ‘Buckyball’ Structures Found in Cretaceous Crinoids

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

Creswell Crags Under Threat of Permanent Closure

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

Museum During a Crisis

Written by Dr Rachel Walcott, Principal Curator, Earth Systems, National Museums Scotland These are strange times. As I write this (16th March 2020), the number of coronavirus or rather Covid-19 infections is rapidly increasing and I am uncertain whether our Museum, the National Museum of Scotland (NMoS), will even be open to the public this … More Museum During a Crisis

ACE Grant Secured for Accessing Staffordshire Geology Project

Written by Glenn Roadley, Curator of Natural Science at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has been successful in a bid to the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, securing funding of £72,500 to catalogue and display its nationally significant geology collections. The collections at The Potteries Museum were … More ACE Grant Secured for Accessing Staffordshire Geology Project