Visit to the Natural History Museum, LondonLast Updated: 19th Oct 2017
By Jolyon Ralph
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I'm up today for a meeting later here at the museum, it's somewhere I have visited hundreds of times but I have never done a live report from here. So I will guide you round and show some highlights of what they have on display here.
The majority of the display collection is housed in beautiful Victorian display cases arranged systematically
Mike Rumsey, who's official title I can never remember but essentially is in charge of the mineral collections here. Will be meeting with him for a bigger chat and some behind the scenes live reporting later.
The galleries have just reopened after a long overdue spring clean. Specimens have been cleaned, rearranged and new bases have been introduced to improve visibility of specimens, a great improvement!
It was really quiet in here until just now, just been invaded by a horde of kids. I assume once all the Pokemon have been caught they'll go :) actually not reality it's good to observe how kids are really interested in the minerals and gems. This is a traditional museum display without animatronics or interaction. Maybe I'm old but I like it that way.
If you have any requests for me to photo while I'm here send me an email or Facebook message. Unfortunately I can't easily see message replies to this live report until I get home. Jolyon@mindat.org. Some Dioptase
"Horse tooth" siderite from Wheal Maudlin. The theory goes that all of the pieces of this particular material in public and private collections may fit together to form half of a crystal filled vug split up during collecting in the 1800s
There are not many meteorites on display but this large piece presented in 1826 makes a nice display piece.
Gems in the vault along with associated gem mineral specimens. Each is extremely well documented in the display.
Gold specimens, unfortunately awaiting a label right now, except for bottom right which is from Hopes Nose, Devon
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