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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  • Epopast 400 Specimen Mounts: The Movie

    Jul 27, 2021 | 10:00 am

    Written by Lu Allington-Jones, Senior Conservator, Natural History Museum London Epopast 400 is an excellent material for creating supports for heavy specimens. It is a 2-part mixture of a liquid and a fibre-glass putty that has passed accelerated ageing tests. The dough-like mixture can be applied to robust specimens and[…]

  • News from the Sector – July

    Jul 23, 2021 | 11:42 am

    Conferences and Events The 36th International Geological Congress will take place at the India Expo Centre, Delhi, India, between 16th and 21st August 2021. See their website for more information. The Micropalaeontological Society’s Foraminifera Festival will be a “virtual foram-themed day of talks and posters”, due to take place 27th[…]

  • Some “Covid-Curation-Hacks” we Discovered During 2020!

    Jul 5, 2021 | 13:06 pm

    As fellow committee member Emma Bernard has mentioned in her blog “How can you work from home when you’re a curator”, the UK national lockdown in March 2020 came as quite a shock to the system. Most of us were sent home with the now infamous “work from home” instruction,[…]

  • News from the Sector – June

    Jul 1, 2021 | 13:27 pm

    Conferences and Events The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists will take place online 6th – 9th July 2021. The Museum Galleries History Group is hosting their biennial conference “Museum Networks and Museum History” online 14-16th July 2021. See their website for more information. The London Natural History Society is hosting[…]

  • A John Vallance Collection of Derbyshire Minerals – A Rare Survivor

    Jun 21, 2021 | 18:30 pm

    Search Results for “john cooke” – Geological Curators’ Group Blog Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator John Vallance is celebrated for his superb work with Ashford Black Marble and ornamental inlays. The quality of his work resulted in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire and the[…]