Sir Roderick Murchison

Graham Worton the current curator and Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery tells us about the famous Scottish geologist Sir Roderick Murchison from Murchison’s View at the Wrens Nest, Dudley.

Murchison visited Dudley around 1837. In 1839 he published an illustrated catalogue of Silurian fossils, ‘The Silurian System’, of which 65% were from the Wrens Nest limestone quarries. These original fossils including crinoids can still be seen on display in Dudley Museum and Art Gallery today.

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  1. [...] Our final stop was underground inside Dudley’s Limestone Caverns to see yet another different type of rock; the cream coloured limestone which was mined here. We also found out about the renowned Victorian geologist, Sir Roderick Murchison who visited the area in the early 19th Century (you can find out more about Sir Roderick by watching the video blog on http://geologymatters.org.uk/2010/12/27/murchison/). [...]

  2. [...] Murchison published his work on ‘The Silurian System’, in 1839 he encouraged and inspired local mine agents, industrialists, lay people, patrons and [...]

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