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

Celebrating 30 years of the Curry Fund – with Doris the Pliosaurus

Written by Isla Gladstone, Senior Curator for Natural Sciences at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery The Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association (GA) is a rare and special thing for those of us who work with geological collections. A pot of money entirely dedicated to geology! The fund aims to help more people enjoy geology … More Celebrating 30 years of the Curry Fund – with Doris the Pliosaurus

Nessie’s New Look

Written by Emily Manning, freelance model maker and sculptor, and student at Arts University Bournemouth. This article was first published on the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden blog. A museum full of rocks and fossils may not be the first place you think of to promote artist development, but our collections here at … More Nessie’s New Look

Origin of Feathers 100 Million Years Before Birds

Written by Prof Michael Benton, Palaeobiology Research Group, University of Bristol. A new study (Yang et al. 2019) shows that pterosaurs, as well as dinosaurs had feathers, thus extending the origin of feathers minimally back to about 250 million years ago. Archaeopteryx, pretty much the oldest bird, dates from 150 million years ago, so that’s … More Origin of Feathers 100 Million Years Before Birds

Contradictions, Conundrums and Lies

Written by Matthew Parkes, Assistant Keeper (Curator of Geology), Natural History Collections at the National Museum of Ireland. Contradictions, Conundrums and Lies Before you switch off, this isn’t another opinion piece on the ramblings of a dodgy political leader. The ordinary life of a geological curator can be filled with difficult choices, confused by conundrums … More Contradictions, Conundrums and Lies