Our blog was originally set up to highlight examples of how geological collections are used via ‘six questions for a geological curator’. This was intended as positive evidence to support why collections should be maintained at a time of austerity. The blog has now been expanded not only to advocate for collections, but as a space for informal sharing of information for everyone who works with or is interested in geological collections. 

It is expertly managed for us by Isla Gladstone, who works at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery as well as being co-opted onto our committee as NatSCA rep. Would you like to contribute by answering our ‘six questions’, sharing a new project or ‘geological object of the month’, or something else entirely? We would love to hear from you! Drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Check out the latest posts on our blog at the links below

  • Six questions for a geological curator – Matthew Parkes – Dublin

    Jan 9, 2018 | 16:24 pm

    What does GCG Chair Matthew Parkes get up to in his day job as geological curator for the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin? We asked him ‘six questions’ to find out more about his role: What sort of Geological collections do you look after? As the only geological curator in the[…]

  • Geological object of the month: a specimen Christmas tree

    Dec 22, 2017 | 11:00 am

    By Cindy Howells, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff In the first post of our ‘geological object of the month’ series, I wanted to treat us all to a Christmas tree of geological specimens! Can you identify the different elements? 1. Tree: Mariopteris, the fossilised[…]

  • Making the Most of a Move: Geological Curators’ Group Conference Day One, by Emma-Louise Nicholls

    Dec 7, 2017 | 12:40 pm

    On 14th November 2017, 48 geologists and museum professionals descended on Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland, for the annual Geological Curators’ Group conference. Budget airlines failed to prevent international attendants arriving and even train strikes couldn’t stop the stampede of scientists, thirsty for sharing knowledge, experience, and the wine reception.[…]

  • Six questions for a geological curator – Hilary Ketchum – Oxford

    Nov 16, 2017 | 17:14 pm

    Hilary is a Collections Manager at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH). Following her election to the GCG committee at this week’s AGM in Dublin, we asked Hilary ‘six questions’ to find out more about Oxford’s collection and her day-to-day role: What sort of Geological collections do you[…]

  • Meet the GCG committee – Sarah King, Secretary

    Nov 9, 2017 | 10:54 am

    Ahead of GCG’s conference and AGM on 14-15 November in Dublin, we asked our Secretary Sarah King ‘six questions’ to find out about her committee role and her work as Curator of Natural Sciences at York Museums Trust. 1. Tell us about your work for the GCG committee I am[…]