FAQs

What can I find on the website?

The Geology Matters website contains a searchable online catalogue to geology related items held by the partners involved.  There is also a blog where you can read interesting articles and watch videos about all things geology related.

What does website search?

Geology Matters website searches the computerised catalogues of the partners involved, simultaneously, displaying the search results in one list.  It does not search all of the specimens held by each partner only what each partner has catalogued electronically so far.   However, these records are being added to all the time so it is always worth checking at a later date.

What information can I find on the website?

You can find information about geology specimens and other geology related material cared for by the partners concerned.  A search will display a results page listing the records in order of relevance. The results page will display the basic catalogue record information and a thumbnail image where available. The basic information may include the name of the item, relevant dates, brief description and the archive or museum service it his held by.

You can read the full catalogue record by clicking on the red record title. This will display further details on the individual item including,  a unique reference number and, where known, a description, dimensions, geological time period and field collection location.  This page will also display further images where they exist. Larger versions of image(s) can be viewed by clicking the Larger Image and magnifying glass link by the image.

Why is the information available sometimes incomplete?

The process of cataloguing our collections is ongoing and new records and improvements to the data available for existing records is continually being added. If you identify an error during your search, we would be grateful if you would notify the revelant office so that we can investigate and correct the information as appropriate.

What if I cannot find what I am looking for?

To make photographs and archive material available for public use, it has to be catalogued electronically.  This process is ongoing and only a proportion of each partners’ total holdings are currently available to view online. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact the relevant partner for more information.

Can I copy the images and text available on this website?

Yes, if you only want to use them for non-profit purposes.  The information and images on this website is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike licence.

How can I obtain a print or a high resolution electronic version of an image I have seen on this website?

Please contact the partner direct to enquire about prints and high resolution images.

Can I look at the original records / the actual museum objects?

If you find something of interest in the online catalogues, we encourage you to contact the relevant museum or gallery where the objects are held where staff will be able to tell you if the object is on open display and if not how you can arrange a visit to see it in the museum stores.  Each  museum service is open to the public most days of the week, please contact the relevant museum direct for more information.

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