The University of Bristol’s Earth Science Collection, based in the School of Earth Sciences in the Wills Memorial Building, houses over 100,000 paleontological, petrological and mineralogical specimens of historical and scientific importance. It also manages an archive of international geological maps, geological thin sections and slides.
Ichthyosaurus larkini has recently been identified by palaeontologists Dean Lomax (University of Manchester) and Judy Massare (Brockport College, USA), the type specimen of which is on display at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. The species has been named in honour of Nigel Larkin; the work larkin means 'fierce', in keeping with how this arch-predator would have lived.
Our key aim for the coming 12 months is to improve access to our collections and promote this unique and valuable resource to scientists, schools and the public. We will be working on two main projects:
Iconic fossils and rocks are on display in the recently refurbished areas of the School and are open to the public during university opening hours. Over the coming months we will add new display elements to the gallery space: a remote access point to the collection catalogue, a virtual tour behind the scenes of the School and a seismic station.
Supported by the University of Bristol Alumni Foundation.
We are currently developing tools to improve remote access to our collections to open up an otherwise inaccessible wealth of information. This includes: development of an online collection catalogue with linked GIS features, access to an online image archive, a new Geology Collection website including social media, involvement in open resource projects like Culture Grid and SYNTHESYS.
Are you interested in OnShow or OnLine, or simply fascinated by evolution, the history of our planet or the human stories hidden behind our collections? We offer a range of volunteer opportunities. To find out more, please see the Volunteer Bristol website.