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The Geological Curators Group (GCG) and

The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)

Meeting and Seminar.

Uniting Earth Science Collections

1 December 2022

One-day online symposium


Registration for the meeting has now closed

Schedule (GMT)*

10:45 - 11:00 Symposium Welcome
11:00 - 13:00 Session one - Oral Presentations
13:05 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:00 49th GCG AGM
15:00 - 15:35 Poster session
15:35 - 15:55 Break
15:55 - 18:00 Session two - Oral Presentations
18:00 - 18:15 Closing remarks
18:15 - 19:00 Break
19:00 - 21:00 Social event

The full schedule for the meeting is available here, and posters can be viewed here

Zoom links will be sent out the day before the symposium to those who have registered. 

The event will be hosted online via Zoom with morning and afternoon sessions of talks to accommodate for different time zones. Posters will also be accepted, available for viewing on the GCG and SMMP websites prior to the Symposium, with a live Q&A session during the symposium

Registration Fees:

GCG and SMMP Members: £14, Students: £14, Non-members: £19.  

Please note all presenters are required to register to attend

Session Themes:

The Symposium has a broad theme “Uniting Earth Science Collections - The continued importance of collections, and what we can learn from them” to encourage an interesting and diverse selection of presentations. We would love to hear about you, your museum, your research, your collections. Suggested session topics include:

  • Geological Society of London’s Year of Sustainability
  • International Mineralogical Association’s Year of Mineralogy
  • What we can learn from collections (climate change, provenancing and identification etc)
  • Using collections for analysis (Sampling and analysis techniques of geological specimens, dealing with sampling requests etc)
  • Using collections for Outreach, Engagement, Exhibitions (how we use collections to tell stories, engage with local and/or underrepresented communities, volunteers)
  • How to gain funding

Other topics are welcomed that promote the importance and use of collections.


Abstract submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

49th Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators Group:

Following the first session of the seminar, we will hold the 49th AGM of the Geological Curators Group, which will offer us a chance to discuss our activities over the past year, and to vote in new committee members. All attendees at the seminar are welcome to attend at no extra charge, although only fully paid up personal members of GCG may cast a vote. If you wish to attend only the AGM (not the seminar sessions), then there is no charge for this, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will arrange for a special invite to be sent. 

Please click on the posters to view them full size

Falling Down a ‘Boggle Hole’: The Search for Lower Jurassic Marine Reptiles from Yorkshire in Public Collections in the UK

Meghan Jenkinson
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Safeguarding earth science collections in wooden drawers

Lu Allington-Jones
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

Matrix Reloaded: recovering lost data from fossil marine reptile specimens using micropalaeontological analyses of tiny amounts of host rock.

Nigel Larkin
University of Reading, School of Biological Sciences, Reading, United Kingdom

Adventures in Register Digitisation

Simon Harris
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, United Kingdom

Colonial legacies in mineral collections: a structured approach to student collaboration

Selby Hearth
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA