Curator's News Archive

06 April 2020
What’s the oldest object in the BRLSI Collection? The answer may surprise you. Our oldest museum specimen is more than 18 times older than the first dinosaurs and more than six times as old as the earliest known complex multicellular organisms.  ...
22 August 2018
From Roman Baths to building stones, fossil finds to mineral mines, the geology and industrial history of South West Britain is full of interest. Amateur, professional and academic geologists and collectors alike played key roles in unravelling the...
27 September 2017
On 30th September our 2017 exhibition, Riches of the Earth: the Beauty of Minerals, will close. If you enjoyed the exhibition, it’s not too late to acquire a unique mineral print. For Riches of the Earth our Collections Manager produced 34 macro-...
19 July 2017
Recently we were visited by Dr Aki Watanabe a Research Associate at University College London (UCL). Dr Watanabe used a handheld 3D surface scanner to create accurate models of four well preserved fossil skulls in our collection: an ichthyosaur and a...
07 July 2017
Recently our geological volunteer, Iain Brown, has been updating the documentation of parts of our fossil collection. Occasionally amongst these specimens we encounter a puzzle and a Chirotherium footprint proved to be just that. In solving the puzzle of...
23 June 2017
Come along to Bath Festival of Nature in the Parade Gardens on Sunday 25th June and bring your unidentified fossil find, I and two colleagues from the University of Bath will do our best to help you understand what it is and how it lived. Also, several...
05 May 2017
Professor Malcolm Hart, Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University, visited BRLSI this week. On Thursday evening he gave a lecture to Bath Geological Society and on Friday morning he spent a few productive hours peering down a binocular microscope at...
12 January 2017
Our forthcoming exhibition, ‘Riches of the Earth’, will feature macro photographs of amazing mineral specimens from the BRLSI Collection. Sub-titled ‘The Beauty of Minerals’, this exhibition will explore the wonderful diversity of forms, colours, and...
01 December 2016
On the 24th November 2016 Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Collections was awarded the status of Accredited Museum by The Arts Council of England. Matt Williams, our Collections Manager, reports that "The Accreditation Panel welcomed the...
11 October 2016
Amongst the, now famous, fossils of the Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte are a collection of cephalopod fossils, many of which contain the remains of their ink sac. Dr Jakob Vinther of the University of Bristol is sampling small portions of this ink from...

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