Lapworth Museum of Geology

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Lapworth Museum of Geology
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The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. The Museum is now open following a £2.7m redevelopment, made possible thanks to a transformative Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £1.5m and the generous support of University of Birmingham alumni, as well as a number of grant awarding bodies, trusts and foundations. Throughout its long history the Lapworth Museum has provided a valuable resource for students, schools and colleges, research workers, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in, or desire to learn, about geology. The museum supports teaching and research in the Earth Sciences and natural history within the University and the West Midlands region. The Museum is named after Charles Lapworth, the first Professor of Geology at Mason College, the forerunner of the University of Birmingham. Lapworth was one of the most important and influential geologists in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Located in the University’s Grade II listed, Aston Webb Building, the museum retains its original Edwardian setting and interior. The collections contain in excess of 250,000 specimens. In addition to rocks, fossils and minerals, there are large collections of early geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material, and also zoological specimens and stone axes. The Lapworth Archive contains one of the most complete records of the work of a scientist of that period. The fossil collections are important both scientifically and historically, with exceptionally well-preserved specimens from the Midlands and many other famous fossil localities in the UK, and throughout the world. The museum has some of the finest collections from the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley, famous for its fossils that lived 420 million years ago when the area was covered by a shallow, warm, tropical sea that enabled a highly diverse ecosystem to develop. From the rocks of the old Midlands Coalfields are important collections of fossil plants, fish, insects, arachnids, fossil footprints and animal tracks. There are beautifully preserved fish, dragonflies, crabs, lobsters and pterosaurs from the Solnholfen Limestone in Germany; outstanding fish collections from Brazil, Italy, Lebanon and USA; 510 million year old animals unique to the world famous Burgess Shale of British Columbia. The mineral collection contains around 15,000 specimens, many of them rare, and displaying stunning colours and crystal shapes. The specimens come from all over the world, but particularly from the old mining areas of the UK. Of historical interest is the mineral collection of William Murdoch, engineer and inventor, who worked with James Watt and Matthew Boulton at Soho House in Birmingham. A visit to the Lapworth Museum provides an insight into how the Earth formed and changed through time, and how life on earth developed and evolved.
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xadoc
Birmingham, UK13 contributions
Tiny but delightful, with enthusiastic staff
Feb 2020
By far the best bit, surprisingly enough, is the rock gallery! Make sure you go right to the back there the luminescent and phosphorescent rock are!
Written September 9, 2020
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Siddique Hussain
Birmingham, UK26 contributions
Go for Geology
Aug 2019
This slightly out of the way the newly refurbed museum at Birmingham University is well worth the trip. A fun family day out for sure.
Written March 5, 2020
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CarolHurley
Wombourne, UK68 contributions
WHAT A FIND
Feb 2020
We took the family at half term on a wet day, 3 generations, and we all really appreciated what was on display. The girls, 9-13, had all studied fossils at some point and are avid collectors so it particularly appealed to them. The items are very well displayed, some are very large and the information was not overwhelming. You have to walk a bit on the university campus to find the museum but it's well worth it. We spent the morning at The Barber Institute looking at art and the afternoon at the Lapworth looking at geological artefacts. Most people have never heard of this place which is a pity. They have special events for families which we will look out for in future.
Written February 22, 2020
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Agatha D
Chester, UK160 contributions
Beautiful minerals and fossils
Feb 2020
This is a small (free) museum which we found a little difficult to get to, mainly because we hadn't planned ahead where to park. I would advise all drivers to pop 'North East University car park' into their Sat Nav when approaching and save yourself an hour of driving around the area getting frustrated.
However, once there, we were happy.
My older son (14) loves Science and Natural History, and my younger son (10) loves Geology and dinosaurs. They found plenty of exhibits to enthrall them.
I was particularly enchanted by the beautiful minerals and their many magical colours.
Written February 19, 2020
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avon10
Christchurch, New Zealand23 contributions
Plenty of rocks!
Feb 2020
Well-laid out displays with wonderful geological specimens, including many fossils, and informative diagrams showing volcanoes, earthquakes etc.
Written February 4, 2020
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Kay W
Birmingham, UK26 contributions
Super Museum
Feb 2020
Take the monthly tour. About 20 people, excellent information, but light-hearted as well. Plenty of information about local fossils. A dinasour called Rory. The Coseley spider which isn't a spider at all. Interactive videos. A glorious collection of beautifully coloured rocks. A packed store-room. Tour should have been an hour, but we were all so interested it turned into 2 hours.
Written February 4, 2020
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dmunnir
Solihull, UK57 contributions
Fantastic
Jan 2020
This is a fantastic museum. So much information and exhibits and the contents in the drawers which are labelled "open me" contain wonderful diverse items ranging from a poignant letter from a geologist detailing the effects of WW1 on his family to amazing fossils and gems. A range of interactive areas are set up around the museum and a particular favorite was the interaction of ultra violet light on rocks which was fantastic. There are stickers on the floor for "selfies" in front of the exhibits and many item from the West Midlands I will look on Dudley with new eyes! The museum seems small but if you take your time to read the information and have a good look at the exhibition it is very educational and interesting and will take much longer than you realise. Plenty of seating is available and a lift to the upper floor is provided and there is a small reading area for children with a shop at the front of the building. Entry is free but you can make a donation.
Written January 14, 2020
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Dwynwyn
London, UK72 contributions
Dinosaurs, Rocks and Gems
Nov 2019 • Business
Open all the draws that day please open me, otherwise you'll miss some fascinating things. This really is a fascinating museum with plenty of local information as well as things from further afield. The teenage dinosaur that greets you as you enter really sets the tone. For those who prefer something interactive there's plenty here as well.
Written November 23, 2019
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araf
West Midlands, UK302 contributions
Halloween Entertainment
Oct 2019 • Family
Well done to the Museum for organising activities for young children such as a Wheres Wally search and excellent face painting. The staff are all keen to promote this excellent free facility.
Written November 16, 2019
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nigd872
Redditch, UK55 contributions
Well Worth a Trip
Nov 2019
Very out of the way within Birmingham University campus....did take 20 minutes to find the place....& that was with a map..
It's a smalll museum, but there are some excellent exhibits of fossils, bones & dinosaurs & a lot of 'hands on' interactive stuff for the kids, who did enjoy the visit.
Well worth a visit & has had a recent £££ overhaul & is very clean & spotless. Did notice a small teaching room, which was more for the under 10's, my grandson spent more time in there having a look & play than the original tour round.
Friendly staff, small gift area & drinks via a machine by the entrance.
Written November 11, 2019
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