Geological Collections map and news
This map shows the location of geological collections, to the best of our knowledge. We have also plotted recent news stories which we have been made aware of. If you spot any missing or incorrect information please let us know. If you are planning a visit be sure to check details with the organisation itself.
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|Small red dots indicate places (usually museums) which we believe house a geological collection. Please use the link provided to the website to obtain further information and directions.|
|Where the red dot is surrounded by a larger blue ring, then we have located articles in The Geological Curator which relate to this place. Clicking on the link in the information box should load the article.|
|Where there is a green star underneath the place name, we have identified a recent news story relating to the geological collections there. The original story is linked in the information box.|
Geological Curators’ Group statement on loss of specialist curators at Leicester City Council Museums and Galleries
The Geological Curators’ Group deeply regrets the loss of specialist curatorial posts at Leicester City’s New Walk Museum, including that of the Natural Science Curator responsible for the internationally important geological collections held by the Museum. These include key specimens like the Rutland dinosaur, and 565 million year old Precambrian fossils from Charnwood Forest, discovered by a schoolboy in 1957, and which changed our understanding of the early evolution of life.
Whilst we have very implicitly made a statement [available here] on the immense value of collections, in partnership with the Geological Society of London (the oldest professional geological society in the world), to which the Geological Curators’ Group is affiliated, those collections absolutely require professional specialist curatorial expertise to understand their value, care for them and make them accessible to everybody from the general museum visitor to the expert academic researcher.
The redundancies at Leicester of specialist curators are highly detrimental to the future of the collections and the reputation of Leicester Museum. The new posts, bringing additional interpretation skills would have been welcome additions to the staff, but are completely unacceptable as replacements for curators.
Chairperson, Geological Curators' Group
12th March 2019