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10 - Prestigious award given to borough geologist

Brighton Medal awarded to borough geologist, Graham Worton
Left to right: Borough geologist Graham Worton with Giles Miller, outgoing chair of the Geological Curators' Group

A member of council staff who has dedicated his life’s work to promoting the area’s geological heritage has been awarded a prestigious award.

Borough geologist Graham Worton has worked for Dudley Council for 17 years and has been closely involved with Dudley Museum for more than 35 years.

In recognition of his work, Graham has been awarded the Brighton Medal, which is awarded every three years to a geological curator, by the outgoing chair of the Geological Curators’ Group which is affiliated to the Geological Society of London.

The award was set up in1992 in memory of the renowned Bertie Brighton, a curator of the Sedgwick Museum who through his lifetime catalogued more than 375,000 specimens at a rate of more than 10,000 a year and was known for his inspirational teaching.

Giles Miller, outgoing chair of the Geological Curators’ Group and a curator at the Natural History Museum, said:

“Graham is a well known and respected geologist. In the time I’ve known him, I have experienced firsthand his inspirational teaching and how he is able capture people’s imagination with his eloquent and engaging talks on geology and local heritage.“He has dedicated much of his time to outreach work, sharing his love, passion and knowledge with local schools, colleges and universities, inspiring the next generation.

“I’ve heard Graham describe his work in Dudley as an opportunity to weave the local geological heritage and collections into an amazing array of projects and he has certainly been enormously successful in achieving this.

“He is a true credit to Dudley and a deserving recipient of this award.”

In presenting the award, Giles recognises the breadth of Graham’s work to engage with local communities through local fun days, art projects and the rock and fossil festivals.

The award also acknowledges Graham’s involvement in regional and national geo-conservation programmes and his research on collections, geo-conservation and local geology.

Graham Worton, borough geologist for Dudley Council, said:

“Dudley is a special place and I’m fortunate to have done a job that I love for many years in a borough that I have called home all of my life.  It‘s an honour to be recognised in this way by my peers but I must share this award with all the colleagues, volunteers, visitors and students that I have worked with over many years who share the same passion and drive to protect and celebrate our world class geology and heritage.”

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said:

“Over many years Graham has worked tirelessly in his role as borough geologist to protect and enhance the geology, culture and heritage of the borough.  His passion and dedication is commendable and I would like to congratulate Graham on receiving this award on behalf of the authority and our partners.” 



Notes to editors

  • The Geological Curators’ Group (https://geocurator.org/) aims to improve access to and knowledge of geological collections from leisure to tourism to education and science.  The group is also committed to improving the status of geology in museums and the standard of geological curation
  • The Brighton Medal is awarded every three years by the outgoing chair of the Geological Curators’ Group following nominations from a committee of senior geological collections professionals


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