Geology Collection, University of Bristol
University of Bristol
School of Earth Sciences
Wills Memorial Building
City of Bristol
0117 928 9000
0117 925 3385
The Geology Collection at the University of Bristol safeguards a diverse range of over 100,000 geological specimens, maps and archival documents in support of the wider scholarly community and the general public. Visitors are welcome to view our public displays or book an appointment to access the collection.
Mon - Fri : 9 am - 5pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays : closed
Free. Please contact us to make an appointment to use the collections.
The museum collections have been built up gradually, since 1876 and reflect something of the history of the Department of Earth Sciences and the research interests of past members of staff. British geology is well represented, particularly the local area, but there is also a good selection of foreign material. Amongst local material of particular note are the Jurassic ammonites, Carboniferous Limestone corals and brachiopods, Coal Measures plants, and minerals from Mendip and Cornwall; important collections derived from a wider geographical area include Mesozoic and Tertiary mammals, Devonian fish and invertebrates, Ordovician shelly faunas, and gemstones. In addition to a type and figured fossil collection of over 750 specimens, the museum includes other geological materials with important historical associations. Allied materials which supplement and enhance the Department of Earth Sciences' Geology Museum include the departmental map collection, and the Geology Library.
Key artists and exhibits
- Vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, rocks, minerals and gemstones