Two Weeks Inside a Cabinet: Random Notes from the Time I Spent at the NHM Collections

Written by Martín Batallés, Graphic / Web Designer, Illustrator and Photographer. Last November I was invited to spend some days at the Natural History Museum, London (NHM) in the Fossil Mammal Collection. These are some notes on what I was able to see, think and learn during those two weeks. The Fossils that Travelled Of … More Two Weeks Inside a Cabinet: Random Notes from the Time I Spent at the NHM Collections

Mineralogical Consequences of Lockdown – Part I

A Brief Study of Ionising Radiation and the Private Mineral Collector – Part I Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator There is only so much decorating and gardening that a sane person can do before there is a need for a more cerebral challenge. To this end and because of the … More Mineralogical Consequences of Lockdown – Part I

GB3D, the New Coronavirus and the GCG Collections Officer

Written by Mike Howe, Head of the National Geological Repository at the British Geological Survey and Collections Officer for the Geological Curators’ Group As Collections Officer of the GCG, my responsibilities include liaising with museums and collections around the UK to ensure our Collections Map is up to date as well as identifying any collections … More GB3D, the New Coronavirus and the GCG Collections Officer

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

Orange is the New Green: Giving a Makeover to the Fossil Tree in the Garden of the Natural History Museum London

Written by Lu Allington-Jones, Senior Conservator, Natural History Museum London Last year conservators cleaned the Craigleith fossil tree which stands in the east garden of the Natural History Museum (London, UK). The Specimen This 330 million year old fossil trunk is one of seven excavated from the Craigleith Quarry, near Edinburgh. An even larger example … More Orange is the New Green: Giving a Makeover to the Fossil Tree in the Garden of the Natural History Museum London

A Light-Hearted Look at Curation on the Cheap

…and a trip down memory lane Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator Whilst idling my time going through an old collection that came into my possession many years ago, I became interested in the concept of curation by the previous owners. With my mind still wandering and having a computer to … More A Light-Hearted Look at Curation on the Cheap

How Hard Can it Be?

(Or… “What should museum shops be selling?”) Written by Roy Starkey, Mineralogist and Author A year ago today, on October 2nd 2018, I wrote about the ‘journey’ of writing and publishing a book – Minerals of the English Midlands. The final paragraph of the post read “Eventually, the final PDF file is prepared ready for … More How Hard Can it Be?

Thoughts on Restoration of Boxed Natural History Collections

Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator The Victorians were great collectors and hoarders. There are those collections assembled by talented professionals and amateurs and others who purchased ready-made collections as a sign of their interest in Natural History. The subject matter of these collections was extremely varied and included minerals, fossils, … More Thoughts on Restoration of Boxed Natural History Collections