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.

Please note, both authors and those who leave comments on the blog page are asked to abide by the Geological Curators' Group's Social Media Policy. Any comments, or portions of comments, that are deemed to be in direct contravention of our Social Media Policy will be omitted by the Blog Editor. Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions relating to this issue.

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Check out the latest posts on our blog at the links below

  • News from the Sector – June

    Jun 22, 2020 | 14:37 pm

    As you can imagine, due to the weird world in which we are now (temporarily) living, the original list of events and exhibitions that we would update each month has been impacted by a great many cancellations and closures. However, there are some fantastic events are being held online. Much[…]

  • The Geological Record is Full of Cr*p

    Jun 16, 2020 | 10:00 am

    Written by Nigel Larkin, who is a GCG Committee Member, and palaeontological preparator, conservator and curator (Natural History Conservation) Like many people who are members of the Geological Curators’ Group, my passion for geology and palaeontology isn’t just a 9 to 5 thing. I wouldn’t say it is an all-consuming 24/7[…]

  • Happy 250th Birthday Wordsworth! But What Did he Think of Geologists?

    Jun 9, 2020 | 10:00 am

    Written by Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. William Wordsworth, one of the most famous poets in the English-speaking world, was born in Cockermouth 250 years ago last month on the 7th of April 1770. In his 1814 poem ‘The Excursion – book III’, Wordsworth wrote: ‘He[…]

  • How Can You Work From Home When You’re A Curator?

    May 20, 2020 | 10:00 am

    Written by Emma Bernard, Curator of Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum London “How can you work from home when you are a curator?” is something I’ve been asked several times since lockdown began and those of us who are able, have started trying to work from home. I’m the[…]

  • Six Questions for a GCG Committee Member – Zoe Hughes

    May 12, 2020 | 10:00 am

    1. Tell us about your work for the GCG committee I am the Programme Secretary of the GCG. This involves planning and liaising with a whole variety of people to run our events. Recently I have been writing a series of guidance documents to make running events a smoother process.[…]