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 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
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
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
Written by Nadine Gabriel, Assistant Curator of Fossil Mammals, Natural History Museum London On the 9th October 2019, I attended the GCG’s Geological Fakes Workshop which was held in the National Museum Collection Centre in Edinburgh (the offsite storage for the National Museum of Scotland). The exciting and informative day was split into five different … More Geological Fakes- Minerals, Gems and Meteorites
Written by Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge 159 years ago, on July 14th 1860, the people of the remote Himalayan hill station of Dharmsala in Himalchal Pradesh, north-western India were treated to the awesome sight of ‘shooting stars’ burning up as they plunged through the atmosphere into the surrounding landscape. Awed they may … More The Great Meteorite of July 1860 – When Stars Fell to Earth
Written by Roy Starkey, Mineralogist and Author Many, if not all, GCG members will be aware of the wonderful mineral collection housed at the Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro. TR1 2SJ. It is perhaps the finest regional mineral collection in the British Isles and includes the world famous Philip Rashleigh collection (Rashleigh, 1797, 1802), … More The Mineral Collection of the Royal Institution of Cornwall
Written by Sarah King, Curator of Natural Sciences, York Museums Trust Geology collections by their very nature are composed of historically acquired specimens. Each specimen will have gone through a process before being curated as part of a museum collection, and, especially for the material acquired decades or hundreds of years ago, it is often … More From Collector to Collection: What Information can be Gleaned from Historic Museum Collections?