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A hidden gem!

Last Updated: 5th Nov 2019

By David Carter

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx
The Lapworth Museum of Geology is located within one of the wings of the old listed buildings on the main campus of the University of Birmingham in the West Midlands, England. It’s not exactly the easiest place to find on the huge campus but, despite its lack of prominence, it is a nice sized museum set up on a couple of floors with informative and well laid out displays in several galleries, plus it’s FREE! The museum itself has numerous exhibits that cater for a wide audience range with a decent proportion dedicated to minerals and rocks. If you have any interest in geology, minerals, rocks and fossils then this is a very nice place to visit and while away a few hours. There are also plenty of nearby catering facilities on the university campus to get refreshments and food during your visit. There is plenty of on-site parking within a 10 minute walk of the venue which is chargeable, but at a reasonable price.

Opening times (but do check website before making a journey):
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm
(Closes over the Christmas/New Year period)

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Main Entrance

The museum was named after the English geologist Charles Lapworth (1842-1920) who pioneered faunal analysis using index fossils and identified the Ordovician period.

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Main mineral display cabinet


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Same cabinet viewed from the other end


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More displays, minerals and interactive items


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Large exhibit displaying different rock varieties


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An Allosaurus guards the exhibits!


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Historical mineral related items from the Industrial Revolution feature too


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In Victorian times, miners in northern England collected beautiful minerals in spar boxes such as this


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Ornate Victorian collector’s cabinet containing mostly sliced and polished specimens of Agate and rocks. It belonged to William Bragge (1823-1884) who collected gems and precious stones from all over Europe


The area around Birmingham and the Midlands is well represented and the focus is on English specimens ...

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Blue John from Derbyshire


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Calcite from Derbyshire


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Calcite & Quartz from Shropshire


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Calcite, Baryte & Quartz from Warwickshire


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Fluorite from Flintshire, Wales


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Siderite from Devon


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Copper & Cuprite from Cornwall


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Pyrite, Quartz & Fluorite from Cornwall


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Fluorite & Quartz from County Durham


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Fluorite from County Durham


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Fluorite & Quartz from County Durham


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Calcite from Cumbria


However, there are also numerous different mineral specimens from around the world on display too ...

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Almandine Garnets from Austria


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Dioptase from Republic of Congo


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Okenite, Gyrolite & Calcite from India


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Kyanite from India


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Almandine Garnet from USA


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Psilomelane from Ghana


The Lapworth Museum of Geology reputedly 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. In addition to the permanent displays the museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions. Themes range from photography, to artistic interpretations of the collection to departmental research.

Well worth a visit if you’re in the Birmingham area, or not that far away!

This article is linked to the following museum: Lapworth Museum of Geology (Birmingham)




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