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

  • Permian Rock Comes to Liverpool

    Jun 12, 2018 | 14:05 pm

    I have been interested in building stones for a long time. It may stem from reading an article about Wigan building stones, when I was at sixth-form, in a booklet called Geological Routes around Wigan (Grayson, R. & Williamson, I. A, (Eds.) 1977), published by the now sadly extinct Wigan[…]

  • A Trip to Seattle to Check out the Geological Society of America Conference

    May 29, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Zoë Hughes, programme secretary of the Geological Curators’ Group recently attended the Geological Society of America conference in Seattle (October 22-25 2017) here are her thoughts: After a long 10 hour flight I made it to Seattle! Initially it was much less flat than I expected (I’m not, in retrospect,[…]

  • 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.[…]