Riddle of the shells

This is an extract from the newsletter of The ‘Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 201 June 2010. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. During April 2010, as part of a KITTS graduate training placement at Dudley Museum we visited the Wrens Nest to see what are the [...]

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Minibeasts of Dudley

This is an extract from the newsletter of The ‘Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 201 June 2010. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. Last summer a number of different research opportunities arose at Dudley Museum. They began last spring when Graham Worton spent a [...]

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Reconstructing palaeoclimates using beetle remains

This is a light hearted extract from of the newsletter The Black Country Geological Society. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. An effective way of reconstructing Quaternary palaeoenvironments is to investigate the range and distribution of beetle populations. The most commonly used [...]

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Rock On, Dr Fossil!

On Wednesday 3rd August, Wolverhampton Art Gallery opened its doors for a day full of activities during the school holidays. Dr Fossil was invited along to talk to visitors about a few of the 10,000 fossils held within the Art Galleries stores belonging to Dr Fraser, who left them to the town of Wolverhampton in [...]

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A local puzzle?

Why are sea creatures found in the middle of Dudley and not 100 miles away on the coast? Today we tend to think of shells and corals something you would find along the coasts where there are beaches, reefs and the sea. But if you took a stroll through the Wrens Nest today you find [...]

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Volunteering opportunities

Live in the Black Country? Have some spare time and would like to help cataloguing museum geology collections? Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage Service are looking for volunteers to help get their geology collections onto this website but first it needs to be catalogued and for that we need the help of knowledgeable volunteers. A great [...]

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Siluria Revisited 2011

Last week, I attended the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy Conference in Ludlow, Shropshire.  This is where geologists from around the globe share their research and knowledge on the Silurian Geological Period. But my Silurian story began two years ago… In the summer of 2009, stabilisation works took place within the Step Shaft Mine beneath [...]

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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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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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