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Newsletter No. 202

The Black Country Geological Society

August 2010

Caring for Your Collection

Most of us have probably picked a rock or fossil up from somewhere and never written down where it was from. Well here is a quick ‘what to do’ guide to caring for your collection, no matter its size.

  • 1.

    Put the specimen in a sealed bag or specimen box. These can be picked up cheaply at craft shops or online.

  • 2.

    Always label the box/bag with what it is and where it came from. It is also useful to put a date of when you found it. If you can give the location a grid reference this is very useful too.

  • 3.

    Inside the box/bag put a small card with the following information on it –

    • a.

      Specimen name e.g. Calymene blumenbachii (trilobite)


b. c. d.

Location e.g. Wrens Nest, Dudley Stratigraphy e.g. Much Wenlock Limestone Formation, Nodular Member Age e.g. Silurian

e. f.

Date collected Specimen number (more detail on this below)

spreadsheet, the it was found and

Record in a notebook or if you fancy information about the specimen. Again

being a bit more technical use a this must include where and when



more importantly what it is. It is also useful to write a brief description so if you were to hand your collection on to someone else or drop your box, you will be able to re-identify your collection and match it to its original box. Always give your specimen a number. This will help link your collection to your list on your computer or in your notebook. Mark this specimen number on the specimen using a small line of tip-ex and a black waterproof fine liner pen. Always store your collection in a clean, dry environment because humidity can cause your specimens to decay. In particular if you have anything with pyrite it is recommended that you


place it in a sealed box with If you have a fossil which is and place them in the same

a small pack of silica gel. in two halves, wrap the two halves up individually in box/bag. This will stop any fragile bits getting broken

tissue off.



If you found

have then

something which you aren’t there is plenty of help at

sure about, such as what hand. Dudley Museum &

type Art

of brachiopod you have Gallery hold regular ID


sessions throughout the year. Or take a look at the many which can be found in the shops at reasonable prices. Finally enjoy your collection! ■







Photo frenzy! The Dudley Bug Geo-photo Competition!

This summer we are holding the first ever ‘Dudley Bug’ photographic competition. The aim is to involve as many members as possible and to see the geological environments as an art form as well as a piece of interesting Earth history. This is open to anyone with a camera, whether it is a compact or something more professional, plus it’s open to all abilities. The subject of the photo can be anything geology related.

The rules are:

  • The photo must have been taken after the 1st June 2010.

  • The photo must have been taken in the UK.

  • Entries are limited to two images per person.

  • No computer editing is permitted, other than cropping the images or for black and white.

  • Judging will be by the front of house staff at Dudley Museum.

The images will be on display before the first indoor meeting in September, and prizes will be awarded to the top three photos. We have already had a couple of entries so get yours in to us as soon as possible.

Please send your entries to thedudleybug@hotmail.co.uk by Monday 13th September 2010 stating your name, photo title, where and when it was taken. GOOD LUCK!

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