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Do you know this artist?

While visiting the private museum of Dorset fossil collector, Wolfgang Grulke recently, Ted Nield saw a familiar image in a rather unfamiliar form. Could he have discovered a new version of Thomas Sopwith’s famous portrait of Buckland?

Not getting the drift

A new book by Alan Krill takes a hard look at the early ideas of plate-tectonics

Google doodle celebrates Mary Anning

On May 21 this year, Google marked the 215th anniversary of the birth of Mary Anning (1799-1847) with one of its famous cartoons called Google doodles. Google’s doodles are spontaneous changes made to the Google logo in celebration of holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists who have helped shape history. Last year a photograph was discovered that may be of Mary Anning. Simply...

Can you help the Archibald Geikie project?

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924) was an eminent Victorian geologist, having been President of both the Geological Society of London, and the Royal Society, the only geologist ever to have held both positions. He retired in 1901 and moved to Haslemere in 1913 where he became chairman of the Haslemere Museum in 1914, after the death of its founder, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson. The Haslemere Educational Museum now holds a...

Lost Smith map rediscovered

A missing William Smith map of 1815 was discovered at the Geological Society on 19th February, 2014. Archivist, Caroline Lam, has been steadily working through a backlog of uncatalogued material since joining the staff two years ago. Her temporary assistant Victoria was clearing an old drawer of Centenary (1907) items and discovered a set of maps in a folder. It is an unnumbered early copy which makes it very rare. It is in...