The Mineral Collection

The mineral collection dates back to the 1820’s with specimens being donated by the members of the Museums founding Philosophical and Literature Society, as well as generous donations by individuals and collectors associated with the Society. The collection encompasses the notable: Sir Alexander Crichton mineral collection and the Ullyett & Wright collections to name a few.


The result is a substantial collection of 230 trays with approximately 6,600 specimens, too many to list individual specimens or sub-groups; but as an overview, there is a good representation of the following main groups:

Native metals and non-metals, Sulphides, Oxides, Hydroxides, Fluorides, Halides, Carbonates, Nitrates, Borates, Sulphates, Chromates, Phosphates, Silicates and Ore forming minerals.

Qtz chalcedony

Quartz Chalcedony




A wonderful example of Quartz Chalcedony and deatiled below.



Qtz closeup

Chalcedony detail

Within the collection there are some striking and unsusual specimens that reflect the local region and beyond; with numerous Tektites, Meteorites and a replica of the “Hope diamond“.


Large sheet of Biotite

The collection will be fully investigated as part of the “Geoblitz” project in the near future and hopefully some undiscovered star specimens will emerge.


Posted on September 16, 2014, in The Collections and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I do think that you ought to write more on this subject matter, it might not be a taboo
    matter but typically people do not talk about these subjects.
    To the next! Cheers!!


    • Hi, and thank you for the comment. I will endeavour to post a backstory of the Museum, in the near future. Until then, the book “Of curiosities and rare things – The story of Leeds City Museum” by Peter Brears, ISBN 0 907588 07 7, is a great source of information; charting the history of the museum and it’s collections from the 1820’s to the 1980’s.

      Many thanks. Neil.


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