100 Years of the Geology at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

When its doors opened on Wednesday 12th December 2012 the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery (DMAG) celebrated 100 years of geology being on display. For centuries geology has played an important role within the Dudley area and to the local community. According to current DMAG Keeper of Geology, Graham Worton, ‘The 100th anniversary will kick [...]

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Open Hertitage Day tour – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Heritage Open Day tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery was given in three parts, the first part was led by the Collections Manager, Rachel Lambert-Jones. Rachel took us down to the Resource Centre where they hold some of their stored collections of approximately 1800 objects including fine art, sculpture and their weird and wonderful items [...]

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Jet set

The photograph shows a specimen of “jet” – although shown in it’s rough state below, jet can be polished like a gemstone, after which it takes on a deep black shine – this is where we get the phrase “Jet black”. Polished jet jewellery became very popular during the later part of the reign of [...]

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The language of the quarryman

At the same time that scientists were beginning to differentiate and name rock units, the quarrymen working deep in the mines underneath Wren’s Nest would have developed their own naming system for the rocks they encountered. Working by candlelight, their names would have been based on basic features and the look of the rock. Experienced [...]

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The Barr Trilobite – a local celebrity

“This remarkable crustacean has been hitherto known in England as the Barr Trilobite, having been found at the Hay Head lime works, near the village and beacon of Barr in Staffordshire” The Silurian System, Roderick Murchison As new kinds of animals, both living and extinct, are discovered, scientists attempt to classify them according to their [...]

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Faking it? An unusual trilobite at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

A look through the Dr Fraser Collection reveals an unusual trilobite specimen – it is not quite like anything illustrated in any of the textbooks. Could it be a new species, lain undiscovered and undescribed for a century or more? Sadly not, but the real story behind the specimen is every bit as interesting. We [...]

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Dudley down under

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society newsletter, October 2010. Sorting out the loft turns up some interesting things, and in my case files of old geological leaflets, notes and letters. One email I recently discovered related to my interest in the final destinations of superb Silurian fossils originating in Dudley, mostly [...]

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Stuck in the Mud!

On Saturday 28th January the Black Country Geological Society headed south for a chilly fieldtrip to two fossil rich quarries in the Cotswolds. The geologists gathered excitedly at the first quarry, where Dr Neville Hollingworth was waiting to brief us about the local geology and what wonders we may find. Finally everyone arrived and I anxiously listened [...]

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Geobabble

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society newsletter 209, October 2011 entitled Geobabble. Stratigraphy has always been a very important area in the study of geology. Within any geographical area, if you are looking at the geology you need to understand the sequence of the rocks, and visualise it as a column, [...]

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My fossil hunting trip to Lyme Regis

The first time I ever visited Lyme Regis was in the summer of 2007. I packed my bag with the mush have essentials for fossil hunting; hand lens, chisel, hammer and sample bags. First we visited the beach to the right of Lyme Regis. Immediately upon arriving at the beach fossils began catching my eye [...]

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