(Or… “What should museum shops be selling?”) 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 transmission to the printer, and the author … More How Hard Can it Be?
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
Written by John Pring, Project Manager | Environmental Geoscience Division, at Geoscience Australia. December was a big month for me. Not just the anticipation of Christmas and a few days off but a month that would include 3 different continents, lots of public speaking, a bit of mountain hiking, picking up part of the moon, … More Where Working with Rocks can Take You
Written by Alex Peaker, Assistant Community Learning Officer (Palaeontologist/Geologist), at Dinosaur Isle, on the Isle of Wight. In November 2017, Dinosaur Isle General Manager and Curator Martin Munt organised for the holotype of Neovenator salerii to be displayed at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Japan as part of their exhibition Theropods: From Carnivorous Dinosaurs to … More Printing a Dinosaur
Written by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. On the 15th September of this year, I decided to fight my urge to avoid the weekend trains and travelled across London to Crystal Palace Park. Oh my word am I glad I did, it was the best day … More Up Inside Historic Dinosaurs
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Written by Deborah Hutchinson, Geology Curator at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Natural History Museum, London – 10th May 2018 We have all been there; you open a box/drawer/cupboard that possibly has not been opened in a very long time. Then that sulphurous, acid smell hits you, and you see the yellow and white fluff … More Pyrite Oxidation: Where Are We Now?