Are museum collections too precious for research?

10th-11th December 2019

The Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge, with opportunities to visit the newly constructed Colin Forbes building 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?

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.. We will notify you of our decision by 31st October 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: 

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

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