We have launched an exciting new monthly series on the Geological Curators' Group blog called News from the Sector; we wanted a title that, in the great sea of social media, would tell someone at a glance what they should expect. Each month, this series will feature the latest geological and palaeontological news, jobs, exhibitions, and conferences that might tickle your fancy, if you are of the Earth Science appreciating persuasion.

If you or your institution has anything they would like to add to, or advertise, please get in touch with Blog Editor Emma Nicholls, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. News from the Sector will be published around the 15th of each month, with the deadline for submissions being the 1st of the same month.

You can also subscribe to our blog, so you never miss an article! Just go to the blog web page and, after scrolling down a little, you will see the link on the right hand side.

We have just installed a links database into our Resources section - we hope it will grow to contain references to a huge set of pages which are useful to the geological curation community. You can find the page here, if you have any queries please e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Those of you using Google Chrome to browse the internet may start to notice that certain sites are being flagged as "not secure" - this is an indicator that the site you are browsing does not implement the secure HTTPS protocol. Many of the tech websites are carrying stories, like this one.

On www.geocurator.org we use an HTTPS certificate to ensure that all data you send to our website is end-to-end encrypted. This is how we protect the data you entrust to us.

To celebrate, we have also released number 5 of the current Volume of Geological Curator under our two year open access policy. Why not download it, and if you like the content, consider Membership of GCG!

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GCG members and supporters may find the attached letter from the Earth Science Teachers Association useful. 

Many of you are aware I am sure, that unlike other science or humanities subjects, Geology has always been one of the smaller uptake subjects, despite the amazing selling points of fieldwork experiences, and the core topic materials which focus on the fundamentals of things around us and the future of the planet, being able to “look backwards to look forwards” when looking at specimens in museums is an amazing thing.

You can read the full letter here