Our blog was originally set up to highlight examples of how geological collections are used via ‘six questions for a geological curator’. This was intended as positive evidence to support why collections should be maintained at a time of austerity. The blog has now been expanded not only to advocate for collections, but as a space for informal sharing of information for everyone who works with or is interested in geological collections. 

It is expertly managed for us by Emma Nicholls, who works at The Horniman Museum in London as well as editing our Coprolite newsletter. Would you like to contribute by answering our ‘six questions’, sharing a new project or ‘geological object of the month’, or something else entirely? We would love to hear from you! Drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Excavating the ‘Rutland Sea Dragon’, the largest ichthyosaur skeleton ever to be found in the UK!

    Jan 10, 2022 | 07:22 am

    By GCG Committee Member Nigel Larkin – a freelance palaeontological conservator, preparator and curator Please note: All the photos herein are subject to copyright and have been taken by various members of the team. Although fieldwork is the aspect I enjoy most about being a palaeontologist, proper excavations come along[…]

  • The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology – Michael J. Benton

    Jan 5, 2022 | 09:00 am

    Written by Jenna Davenport, Palaeontology MPhil student at Manchester University When you think about the key people in palaeontology, one of the first names to pop up is Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol. Like many students, I have sitting on one of my over-stuffed bookshelves well-thumbed copies[…]

  • In the Beginning – The Geological Curators Group Story

    Dec 20, 2021 | 09:00 am

    Written by Cindy Howells, GCG Committee Member and Curator of Palaeontology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales As GCG builds towards its 50th anniversary in 2024, I felt it might be timely now to look back though our history, our successes and our failures, and especially not forgetting the[…]

  •  Tyrannosaurus rex: The Perfect Puzzle

    Dec 15, 2021 | 09:00 am

    By GCG Committee Member Nigel Larkin – a freelance palaeontological preparator, conservator and curator based in the UK. Introduction Do you like jigsaws? What’s the best jigsaw you’ve ever done or can think of? Imagine having a 3D jigsaw that is 12 metres long, over 4 metres high, weighs over[…]

  • News from the Sector – December

    Dec 8, 2021 | 09:00 am

    Conferences and Events The 3rd Palaeontological Virtual Congress will run until 15th December 2021. The Palaeontological Association is holding their Annual Conference at the University of Manchester 18th – 20th December 2021. Registration closes 10th December, and there are both ‘in person’ and ‘virtual’ registration options. The Volcanic and Magmatic[…]