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Geology Matters

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Geology Matters is a searchable website which allows users to find information about fossil, mineral and rock specimens held by the museums services within the Black Country and other related material held by the Black Country archive services.

The Black Country Partners

The partners involved in this website are:


Nationally Important Geology Collections

Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton museums all have nationally important geology collections. 

Dudley Museums service has the largest collection at almost 18,000 specimens, with a strong emphasis on Silurian fossils, particularly those from the Wrens Nest, although the mineralogy and petrology collections are also fairly large.  Currently, there is a selection of around 2,000 of these  specimens on this website, including over 1,200 with images.

Wolverhampton Arts and Museums service has an excellent sample of Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic fossils, totalling 9052 specimens across the complete stratigraphic range. This collection consists mainly of fossils, with very few rock and mineral specimens.  Only around 250 specimens can be seen on this website, please contact Wolverhampton Art Gallery if you would like to view the collection.

Sandwell Museums service has many Jurassic and Cretaceous specimens within the wider ranging collection, but is also rich in petrological and mineralogical specimens. A selection of around 120 specimens are shown on this website, please contact Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery if you would like to view the collection.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact the relevant organisation for more information.