Do you need to make replicas of your specimens for research purposes?

Have you considered a fossil casting activity for your outreach programme?

What about selling replicas in your gift shop?


 Wednesday 25th July 2018 (with optional field trip the day after)

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham


In this workshop you will learn to safely use modern high performance silicone rubbers to make a re-usable single sided block mould which can be filled with plaster to create perfect copies. There will also be the opportunity to experiment with other moulds to perfect your casting skills.

We've designed this as a one day course so if you want to save on accommodation you can head home on Wednesday evening. The rubber takes a few hours to set, so we will post your completed work back to you, along with some plaster to practice with.

If however you would like to stay around, there will be a pub meal in the evening, and the next day you can return to BGS to collect your work, before we head out to nearby Bradgate Park where we will discuss how BGS used the same techniques to mould rockfaces several metres square in the search for fossils of early complex life on earth. (Note that due to cost and insurance requirements, you will need to arrange your own transport to the Park)


GCG Event: Essential information
Event title: Making replicas of your specimens
Venue: National Geological Repository, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG
Led by: Simon Harris (BGS) and Will Watts (Hidden Horizons)
Date and time: Wednesday 25th July 2018 (with optional field trip the day after)
10:00 start for refreshments and health and safety talk
Catering: Complimentary tea, coffee and cold drinks will be provided between sessions
BGS has an onsite canteen which serves a variety of food at lunchtime.
Details of fieldwork venues will be circulated with booking details.
Suitable for:      Curators, researchers, educators, volunteers, collectors
Cost: £45 includes all materials, discount available for GCG members
Booking: Online booking now open.
Alternatively to book by phone please call Zoë Hughes on +44 (0)20 7942 5470 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. 
Closes 25th June 2018, or when all available places have been filled


Please read the Geological Curators Group Events Policy before registering for this event. It contains important information regarding payment, attendance and cancellations.

Payment - You will be redirected to PayPal where you can pay using you card or bank details. Alternatively you can choose to pay using a variety of "offline" methods and details of these will be e-mailed to you when you process your registration. If you have been issued with a registration code to allow reduced rate attendance, you can use it here to adjust the cost accordingly.

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Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Quantity
Day 1 - Making your mould

This day takes place at BGS Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. There is ample car parking on site, as well as an onsite restaurant.

Day 2 - Optional field trip to Bradgate Park

Please note you will need to get yourself to Bradgate Park (postcode LE6 0AH for car park). Please contact us before booking if this poses a problem.


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