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

  • A Brief History of Dinosaur Isle and an Update on Current Work

    Aug 5, 2020 | 10:00 am

    Written by Alex Peaker, Assistant Community Learning Officer, Dinosaur Isle Museum Unfortunately at a recent GCG event I missed the opportunity to talk about my work and Dinosaur Isle (my internet always chooses the least appropriate time to die) so this seemed an opportune way to update you on who[…]

  • News from the Sector – July

    Jul 28, 2020 | 08:24 am

    As I write NftS this month, I feel as though we are arriving at a weird interim stage of “normality” whereby public spaces such as museums are opening up again, yet events and conferences are still either 2 dimensional or non-existent. Also, the world hasn’t opened up nearly as much[…]

  • 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[…]