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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Check out the latest posts on our blog at the links below

  • A Tale of Two Cities (or a City and a Town)

    Dec 22, 2020 | 09:00 am

    Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Curator Sorry to be so Dickensian but the reality will be revealed later, like any novel the ending cannot be exposed too early. I have been researching the life of White Watson and his geological tablets (sections of rock set within a[…]

  • Six Questions for a Geological Curator – Rob Lowther

    Dec 16, 2020 | 09:00 am

    Written by Rob Lowther, Rock Collection and Fieldwork Administrator, Imperial College London 1. What sort of Geological collections do you look after? As I’m the Rock Collection and Fieldwork Administrator in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, I look after all the geological materials that are[…]

  • News from the Sector – December

    Dec 11, 2020 | 17:31 pm

    Online Events 11th December 2020 at 1.40pm Vancouver time (9.40pm GMT), ankylosaur specialist and Curator of Paleontology at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria Arbour, will be discussing looking for dinosaurs in the mountains of northern British Columbia as part of International Mountain Day. There is a link to join the[…]

  • Mineralogical Consequences of Lockdown – Part II

    Dec 4, 2020 | 10:30 am

    A Brief Study of Ionising Radiation and the Mineral Collector – Part II Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Curator Those people who read the previous article (Part I, published Sept 8th) may recall that my last action was to press the “Buy” button on an online platform.[…]

  • Two Weeks Inside a Cabinet: Random Notes from the Time I Spent at the NHM Collections

    Nov 20, 2020 | 09:51 am

    Written by Martín Batallés, Graphic / Web Designer, Illustrator and Photographer. Last November I was invited to spend some days at the Natural History Museum, London (NHM) in the Fossil Mammal Collection. These are some notes on what I was able to see, think and learn during those two weeks.[…]