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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  • Getting the Dirt on a Brick Helps Solve Fossil Mystery

    Sep 28, 2021 | 09:05 am

    Written by Dale Gnidovec, Curator at Orton Geological Museum, Ohio I have loved dinosaurs since I was a kid.  I grew up in the small town of Wickliffe, a suburb east of Cleveland, Ohio. When I was about 8 years old, I dug a hole in our back yard hoping[…]

  • News from the Sector – September

    Sep 8, 2021 | 10:00 am

    Conferences and Events The Linnean Society is holding an online meeting Natural History and Visual Art from the Margins on 24th September 2021, 10am – 5.30pm (BST). Registration, programme and abstracts are available on the website. The Geological Society is hosting William Smith Virtual Meeting 2021: Geological Mapping – of[…]

  • 6 Questions for a Geological Curator – Emma Bernard

    Aug 31, 2021 | 09:00 am

    Written by Emma Bernard, Curator of Fossil Fish, Natural History Museum London 1. What sort of geological collections do you look after? I’m the Fossil Fish Curator at the Natural History Museum in London. So, I’m specifically responsible for approximately 100,000 fossil fish specimens spanning from the Ordovician up until[…]

  • News from the Sector – August

    Aug 23, 2021 | 10:00 am

    Conferences and Events The Royal Geographical Society is hosting their 2021 Annual International Conference online 31st August – 3rd September 2021. Much of the conference will be virtual, but some elements are intended to be in person at the RGS, in London. “The annual conference provides a great opportunity to[…]

  • Tendaguru: A Decolonisation Perspective

    Aug 3, 2021 | 10:00 am

    Written by Matthew Porter, Curatorial Assistant, Natural History Museum London Excavations carried out by the Natural History Museum London at the site of Tendaguru, one of the world’s most important dinosaur sites, relied on the knowledge and endeavours of unnamed indigenous Africans. It was between 1924 and 1931, that 589[…]