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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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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We are the Champions!

In 2008 the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust (H&W EHT) received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund the Community Earth Heritage Champions project, an initiative to select key geological sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and involve local people in their ongoing maintenance and promotion. Additional funding was also obtained from [...]

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BCGS set the standard for Style

Join the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) and you too can look as cool as this! Last year the BCGS had an extremely interesting lecture by Dr Imran Rahman of the University of Birmingham entitled ‘Seeing inside the stones’. This talk revealed the new cutting edge techniques using hospital CT scans of fossils (mostly very [...]

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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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The Black Country Geological Society Needs You!

For geology enthusiasts in and around the Black Country, the local Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) is a great way to get involved with current geological issues. The BCGS hold indoor meetings once a month (October to April) at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional geologist, a student [...]

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Shropshire Six Summits Challenge 2011, now with added rocks!

Last weekend on Saturday 18th June 2011, I was part of a team which walked 36 miles over the six highest summits in Shropshire to raise money for the local search and rescue team known as the Severn Area Rescue Association, Wyre Forest Station. Along the gruelling journey we passed over some astounding geological formations. [...]

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Geology Matters Launch Event

Last Thursday saw me pulling on my walking boots to join a group of geology enthusiasts on a tour of three sites in the Black Country, chosen to illustrate the geological diversity of the area.  The sites were Barr Beacon, Barrow Hill and Dudley’s’ Limestone Mines. Although I have lived on the edge of the [...]

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A grand day out

Dudley Museum & Art Gallery have permanent geology displays which show the wide variety of rock and fossil specimens within the Dudley collections.  The focus of these displays is the range of local fossils collected from the Wrens Nest, Dudley.  These fossils are on display in the ‘Dudley UnEarthed’ and the ‘Climate Change Gallery’.  The [...]

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