Mary Anning

On the 21st May 1799 a baby girl was born to Richard Anning and Molly Moore in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, Dorset. She was named Mary Anning and was one of ten children in the family, but would later become one of only two surviving children. From a young age, Mary was unusual [...]

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Murchison’s view

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, introduces us to “Murchison’s View”.  Murchison’s View is located at the southern tip of the Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve (NNR) which is to the north east of Dudley Town Centre, West Midlands.

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Looking after your fossil collection

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, talks about how to look after your fossil collection because each specimen is unique and can’t be replaced. He explains what information to keep with specimens and how to store them correctly.

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A day in the life of a geologist

Back in February I was invited on a fossil hunting trip with students from my old university; the University of Birmingham. The trip was organised by ‘Lapsoc’, which is the geology department’s student society. With the opportunity of getting muddy in the quarries beckoning I was quick to agree. After a typical student minibus journey [...]

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How to store your fossil collection

Graham Worton the current curator and Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery tells us how to store your geological collection correctly so that information is not forgotten and collections don’t deteriorate.

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Only a geologist would buy a thing like this…

My first rock ‘n’ gem show  for three years promised to be an expensive day, so I bulked up my wallet and headed down to Cheltenham Racecourse last month to expand my collection. As I entered the show hall I had that un-natural geological excitement at the sight of “pretty rocks”. The traders had to [...]

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Dud Dudley

 Dud Dudley was born in 1598 and was the illegitimate son of Edward Sutton, the 5th Baron Dudley of Dudley. Lord Dudley brought up the eleven children which he has had with Elizabeth Tomlinson at Himley Hall. Here Dud began to study the theory and processes used in iron manufacturing, which his father encouraged. By [...]

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Protecting your pyrite collection

Graham Worton the current curator and Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery tells us about how ‘pyrite cancer’ can destroy the pyrite specimens within collections unless the correct methods are used to preserve them.

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Why I became interested in geology

Our second guest blog describes how a local enthusiast Martin, began his journey along the rocky road of geology. For me it started at a young age, I used to get curios and excited at the site of exposed rocks. When I was out with my dad in the car, I used to look out the window [...]

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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 [...]

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