Roy Starkey writes:

The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has been awarded HLF funding to redevelop the Museum – this is great news. There is an online questionnaire asking for feedback from the public (but it has been poorly publicised and closes in a couple of weeks).

I have posted an article to generate / raise awareness and seek action from the mineralogical community to ensure that the mineral collection and Rashleigh Gallery are highlighted as important, and not degraded, or even lost, in the redevelopment.

You can read the full article here

Any readers who wish to further highlight the importance of the collection can e-mail the Director, Ian Wall, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GCG are saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Cleevely last month. His book "World Palaeontological Collections" is an invaluable reference work to curators everywhere. The attached document was prepared by Claire Mellish on behalf of his colleagues at the Natural History Museum. 

Obituary notice in full: Ron J. Cleevely, 1934-2017

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is only a few weeks away, and will be taking place over the early May bank holiday. If you're not already a member of GCG then look out for a special offer associated with the Festival!

We've launched our new website - there may be a few teething troubles, for more information, see the details in the Building the new GCG website article

At the 2016 AGM in Bristol it was announced that the recipient of the 11th Brighton Medal is Graham Worton, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery.