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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  • Geological Specimens in the Care of Fife Cultural Trust at Bankhead House, Glenrothes, Fife

    May 13, 2021 | 08:50 am

    Written by Peder Aspen, National Museums Scotland A study of geological material, formerly held in Fife Museums and now under the care of Fife Cultural Trust, is detailed below. In 2017, Fife Cultural Trust (FCT) assembled all the disparate collections from various Fife museums into a new Collections Centre at[…]

  • Six Questions for a Geological Conservator

    Apr 27, 2021 | 12:49 pm

    Written by Lu Allington-Jones, Conservator at the Natural History Museum London 1. What sort of geological collections do you look after? I am the Earth Science co-ordinator for conservation at the Natural History Museum (London, UK) so I don’t look after collections in the way that a curator does. I[…]

  • News from the Sector – April

    Apr 19, 2021 | 16:08 pm

    Conferences and Events The 5th International Meeting of Early-stage Researchers in Palaeontology (IMERP) will take place online 18th – 21st May 2021. Registration closes on the 16th March 2021. The Triassic Vertebrate Paleontology Meetup will take place 2pm – 10pm 28th May 2021. A “one-day mini conference designed to be[…]

  • 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[…]