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

  • Preserving Our Past: A look at Anthropology Conservation at the Natural History Museum.

    Apr 9, 2021 | 09:02 am

    Written by Lydia Amies, Conservation Assistant, Natural History Museum London In 2018 I was lucky enough to start as a Conservation Assistant funded by the Calleva Foundation at the Natural History Museum, London. The Calleva Projects at the NHM focus on researching ancient human populations of the UK as well[…]

  • A Journey of Inspiration and the Discovery of an Icon

    Mar 26, 2021 | 10:00 am

    Written by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens At the age of 39, I have 34 years behind me of obsessing over palaeontology. These days if you talk to kids it seems they know every species of dinosaur from birth, and five[…]

  • There’s Always a Gem in the Junk Shop

    Mar 16, 2021 | 10:43 am

    Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator There’s Always a Gem in the Junk Shop… (aka a Christmas Present to Myself) Looking on a prominent on-line auction site on Christmas Day afternoon (well what else can you do after a large meal and subject to COVID restrictions),[…]

  • News from the Sector – March

    Mar 11, 2021 | 11:46 am

    Conferences and Events The Natural History Museum London is offering A Fossil Hunter’s Virtual Tour of London’s Natural History Museum 6pm – 7pm on 18th and 25th March, and the 1st April 2021. The Etches Collection: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is hosting a conference Mary Anning Conference of Curiosities[…]

  • Feathered Dinosaurs and Evolutionary Dead-Ends

    Feb 11, 2021 | 09:00 am

    Written by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at Horniman Museum and Gardens Scientific research is one of the most exciting fields that you can work in – not that I’m biased. New discoveries can happen at any time and change what we thought we knew. Although some[…]