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

  • The Un-Rocky Road to Rock Success

    Oct 16, 2019 | 10:31 am

    Written by Robin Hansen, Curator, Minerals and Gemstones, at the Natural History Museum London. Science has always been an integral part of my life. My dad was a science teacher, and my mum studied Science Education researching science, learning and gender. From a young age I understood that science was[…]

  • Dinosaurs aren’t just for little boys!

    Oct 14, 2019 | 11:36 am

    Written by Cindy Howells, Curator and Collections Manager at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales As a child one of my favourite days out was our annual family trip to London to visit the Natural History Museum. I loved any of the dinosaur displays most of all, then the mammal[…]

  • News from the Sector – October

    Oct 8, 2019 | 10:00 am

    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 The[…]

  • How Hard Can it Be?

    Oct 2, 2019 | 09:59 am

    (Or… “What should museum shops be selling?”) A year ago today, on October 2nd 2018, I wrote about the ‘journey’ of writing and publishing a book – Minerals of the English Midlands. The final paragraph of the post read “Eventually, the final PDF file is prepared ready for transmission to[…]

  • Thoughts on Restoration of Boxed Natural History Collections

    Sep 24, 2019 | 10:00 am

    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[…]