Geological Fakes- Minerals, Gems and Meteorites

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

The Great Meteorite of July 1860 – When Stars Fell to Earth

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

The Mineral Collection of the Royal Institution of Cornwall

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

From Collector to Collection: What Information can be Gleaned from Historic Museum Collections?

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?

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

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