This page is designed to provide brief details about the opportunties to support geology collections and become part of the ever evolving community within the Black Country.
Societies and Lectures
If you have a passion for petrology or are fascinated by fossils then the Black Country Geological Society could be for you. The society holds monthly indoor meetings throughout the winter which take place at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, where guest speakers explore wide ranging geological subjects. The indoor meetings are supported by regular fieldtrips and volunteer conservation opportunities, allowing members to experience geology in the field. The Lapworth Museum, based at the University of Birmingham also holds regular lectures by professional geologists. The Lapworth lectures held within the Earth Sciences department are open to all and completely free. You can also follow the geology matters Facebook page for news, events and join in with chat by searching ‘Geology Matters’.
Would you like to be a spare time geologist? If you have an interest in museums and collections, no matter what your current level of knowledge you could join our team of volunteers working with our precious geological collections. Volunteering opportunities are available at Dudley Museum, where you would be working alongside the borough geologist, Graham Worton and our existing volunteers to enrich and preserve our collections for future generations. Young volunteers who wish to expand their skills and experience can join the ‘Dudley Geoteam’. The geoteam is a group of students and graduates who volunteer their time to undertake cutting edge microfossil research, publications, exhibition design and much more.
Places to visit
Undoubtedly, the two geological gems of the West Midlands are Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and the Lapworth Museum of Geology. Dudley Museum has a number of exhibitions including Return of the Dinosaurs, Fantastic Fossils and Dudley Un-Earthed, which include some of Sir Roderick Murchison’s original specimens. The Lapworth Museum dates from 1880 and is one of the oldest geology specific museums in the UK. The museum holds a wide variety of specimens, maps and archives. Although the geological collections at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery are not on display, visits can be arranged through the contact us page. For field geology, there is no better place for fossil hunting than the world famous Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve. Take a stroll to the reef mound where brachiopods, trilobites and corals can easily be found or view the Seven Sisters gallery from the new viewpoint. Remember to only take what you need so that others can enjoy this unique fossil rich landscape and always follow the fossil collecting code.
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