Geological Curators’ Group winter seminar, hosted by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Cardiff, on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th  December 2018.  The 45th GCG AGM will take place at 4pm on Tuesday 4th December. There may be a short local fieldtrip on 6th December.

We invite expressions of interest in presenting papers, workshops, discussion sessions, or posters within the topic of volunteers, volunteering, and associated projects within the overall context of geology in museum collections, exhibitions, geo-conservation, conservation, public engagement, or other related topics. We are particularly keen to invite contributions from current or past volunteers who may have had little prior geological knowledge, and those who have interesting or informative volunteering experiences to share, whether positive or negative.  We are aiming for an initial day comprising short talks and a discussion session, followed by a second day to include more discussions and workshops as well as store tours, gallery time, etc.

A lot of museums have suffered various forms of funding difficulties in the past decade, a number of which would struggle to survive if it were not for the valuable work put in by volunteers. Many volunteers haven’t come from specialist backgrounds and yet often find themselves in the position of giving tours, leading activities, or presenting talks on specialised subjects, as well as curating and managing collections. In a number of exceptional cases, entire collections or exhibitions are volunteer run. This conference is a celebration of their dedication and we encourage papers and discussion ideas by present and past volunteers as well as those who have worked with volunteers, either long-term or on particular projects.

Topics for consideration include but are not limited to: how do volunteers feel about their roles, particularly those in positions of great responsibility; how can the sector support volunteers and help them gain from their experience; how can museums and collections make the most effective use of volunteer time; what sort of problems have volunteer projects had to overcome and can we learn by sharing these?

All contributors would be welcome to submit their oral or poster presentation for publication in our peer-reviewed journal The Geological Curator.

Registration fees for the meeting will be:

Members:            £40 per day, or £70 for both days

Non-members:   £50 per day, or £80 for both days

GCG is offering a number of attendance bursaries of up to £100 for current museum volunteers. To apply, please submit an application of a minimum of 100 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the postal address below. If successful you will be asked to write up your talk (if applicable) for our journal. Please note that we don’t waive fees for speakers at GCG meetings except in exceptional circumstances.

Talks should be kept to a maximum of 20 minutes including time for questions, and posters should be printed at no more than A1 size.

Please check the GCG website nearer the time for more details, and to book your place. The deadline for expression of interest is 8th October 2018, and submission of abstracts (max 350 words) to follow by 26th October. Please submit these as soon as possible to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Cindy Howells (029 2057 3354) Department of Natural Science, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, CF10 3NP.