Hi, and welcome to Geoblitz. I’m Neil, the Assistant Curator of Natural Science/Geology at the Leeds Museum Discovery Centre; undertaking this three year project funded by the John Ellerman Foundation to investigate and promote the Leeds Museums geology collection.
The first two years will be spent reviewing the geology collection by guest geologists and palaeontologists, to highlight specific areas of interest and individual specimens. The results of these review will be condensed and posted on this blog, and will result in a series of free community projects, run by the museum to broaden public awareness and accessibility of the geology collections. The third year will consist of a series of inspired geology events, run in conjunction with the projects Partnered Museums across the U.K.
The geology collection at Leeds Museum houses an impressive range of over 27,000 specimens of palaeontology, petrology and mineralogy; featuring significant rarities, figured and type specimens.
Fossils: An extensive collection of: plants, bivalves, fish, ammonites and brachiopods; with gastropods, arthropods, echinoids, corals, graptolites and reptiles strongly represented – including complete Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur skeletons.
Minerals: A very strong and historic collection, covering a vast range of mineral types, of local, national and international specimens.
Mammals: A well represented collection featuring numerous rare cave material: Kents Cavern, Raygill Fissure, Wookey hole, Windy Knoll and Victoria cave deposits. Along with our local star, the infamous “Armley Hippo”.
Petrology: A strong collection featuring a variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, – including unusual and unique structural features. Not to mention a number of meteorites.
For a more in depth overview of the individual sub-categories, click on “The Collections” tab in the tool bar above.
Geoblitz will give you an amazing insight into the collections archives at the Discovery Centre and a chance to join in with the exciting discoveries yet to be unearthed, as well as highlighting some of the stars of the collection.
All dramatic discoveries, events and progress will be regularly updated on this blog; but for a more up close and personal feel visit “Locker 19” or check out how things are going on Twitter: @CuratorNeil