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. 

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  • News from the Sector – July

    Jul 31, 2022 | 16:31 pm

    The Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition T.rex: The Killer Question will be exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral from 18th July to 3rd September 2022. “This world class exhibition has nine roaring and moving animatronic dinosaurs of various sizes, including a three-quarter size T.rex. A 12-metre-long static model of a T. rex and a life-size[…]

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  • The Case of the “Asbestos” Dinosaur

    Jul 27, 2022 | 15:35 pm

    Written by Lu Allington-Jones, Senior Conservator, and Wren Montgomery, FTIR Specialist, both at the Natural History Museum, London One day, not so very long ago, a request came into the Conservation Centre at the Natural History Museum (London, UK) to investigate why some fragmentary limb bones of a hadrosaurian dinosaur[…]

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  • New from the Sector – June

    Jul 1, 2022 | 09:09 am

    The 12th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates will take place at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain 4th – 8th July 2022. The Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition T.rex: The Killer Question will be exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral from 18th July to 3rd September 2022. “This[…]

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  • The Reverend Edward Budge-Cornish Mineral Collection

    Jun 16, 2022 | 10:49 am

    Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator An Example of Investigative Co-operation with the Forensic Team at Keele University The reader may recall that I presented the story of a Victorian mineral collection about 2 years ago.  At the time I was particularly interested in the ownership[…]

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  • News from the Sector – May

    May 31, 2022 | 13:30 pm

    The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections are hosting this year’s conference in collaboration with Biodiversity Heritage Library and Natural Sciences Collections Association. It will take place in-person, in Edinburgh, 5th – 10th June 2022. SPNHC’s 2022 tagline is: “Through the door and through the web: releasing the power[…]

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