Earth Science Collection

The University of Bristol’s Earth Science Collection contains over 100,000 palaeontological, petrological and mineralogical samples of scientific and historical importance. This includes over 1600 type, figured and cited specimens, 10,000 geological thin sections and slides and an archive of international geological maps. An additional 16,000 handling specimens are available for teaching.

Our collectors

The Earth Science Collection goes back to the early foundation years of the University of Bristol. Meet the people who made valuable contributions over the past 140 years.

Stromboli Earth Gallery

Artists and exhibitions in our Earth Gallery.


Collection visits and exhibitions.                                                   


Enquiries, research services and student project opportunities.

Etching our iron meteorite

Find out how we revealed the inner beauty of our largest meteorite sample.

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