How can we make our precious collections available to researchers?

10th-11th December 2019

The Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge, with opportunities to visit the Museum's new Collection Research Centre on the Madingley Rise site, and also the collections of the British Antarctic Survey located nearby.


The committee of GCG calls for submission of abstracts for papers and posters on the topic for the AGM Seminar on Tuesday 10th December. We are seeking interesting contributions tackling questions such as:

  • how do researchers access collections?
  • how do curators work better with researchers to maximise knowledge of collections?
  • how can curators better help researchers create collections and secure their future in a museum?
  • when is a research technique considered non-destructive?
  • are all non-invasive methods genuinely not causing damage to specimens?
  • when do curatorial methods compromise research tools?
  • how can curators assess and weigh-up the risks to specimens from cutting edge techniques?
  • are there collections that are simply too precious to allow any research on them?
  • how can working with researchers enhance our public programming, and vice versa?

We seek to enhance the understanding and collaborations of museum curators and geological researchers and educators to improve both collections and broader geological research. Examples of great projects and positive outcomes will potentially make good submissions, but we also want to hear about when things have gone wrong, and the lessons from that. Practical demonstrations or active workshop style ideas will be welcomed as well as oral and poster presentations.

Please send your abstract as a Microsoft Word or PDF document no longer than one typewritten side of A4, and including pictures if you wish, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Abstract submission will close on 22nd November 2019.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 46th Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators’ Group will be hosted by Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences at 4pm on the 10th December 2019. All Committee posts (except Chair) can be renewed annually. Nominations for the posts of Committee Members must be made by two members of the Group and submitted in writing or by email to the Secretary, Sarah King (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), by 19th November 2019. Items proposed for inclusion on the Agenda should be submitted to the Secretary as above. For the current committee and types of roles, please see our website: https://www.geocurator.org/committee 

Electronic copies of documents for the meeting will be made available here in advance of the meeting.


Individual Registration

Please use this form to register for Winter Seminar and 46th AGM

Please read the Geological Curators Group Events Policy before proceeding. It contains important information regarding payment, attendance and cancellations. If you have any queries concerning booking, please contact Zoë Hughes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Rachel Walcott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please note that all prices include refreshments (with the exception of the AGM only ticket). If you wish to book for a group, then please make multiple single transactions per-person attending. An invoice will be issued when you checkout.

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Quantity
Tuesday 10th December - Seminar

Seminar: How can we make our precious collections available to researchers?

£50.00
Tuesday 10th December - AGM ONLY

The AGM will take place at 16:00 on Tuesday afternoon. If you wish to attend only the AGM, choose this ticket. No refreshments are included.

£0.00
Tuesday 10th December - Wine Reception

Please join the committee of GCG in The Sedgwick Museum to continue our discussions in a more relaxed atmosphere

£0.00
Tuesday 10th December - Evening meal

Please let us know if you would like us to reserve you a space at the venue for our evening meal. You will need to pay for your own food and drinks

£0.00
Wednesday 11th December - Preparation AM

Preparation Techniques Workshop - Morning

£15.00
Wednesday 11th December - Tours AM

Collections Tours - Morning

£15.00
Wednesday 11th December - Preparation PM

Preparation Techniques Workshop - Afternoon

£15.00
Wednesday 11th December - Tours PM

Collections Tours - Afternoon

£15.00
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