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

  • Six Questions for a Geological Curator – Angharad Jones – Creswell Crags

    Jan 21, 2020 | 10:00 am

    Written by Angharad Jones, Collections Officer, Creswell Heritage Trust. 1. What sort of geological collections do you look after? I work as the Collections Officer at Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre. The collection is primarily composed of palaeontological and archaeological material excavated from the caves at Creswell Crags, including[…]

  • The Mineral Collection of the Royal Institution of Cornwall

    Jan 13, 2020 | 10:00 am

    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[…]

  • News from the Sector – January

    Jan 9, 2020 | 12:22 pm

    News from the Sector is a monthly blog series featuring the latest geological and palaeontological news, jobs, exhibitions, and conferences. If you or your institution has anything they would like to add, or advertise on GCG’s News from the Sector, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Conferences and Workshops Early[…]

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

    Dec 3, 2019 | 10:00 am

    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[…]

  • A Light-Hearted Look at Curation on the Cheap

    Nov 28, 2019 | 10:00 am

    …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[…]