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Geology Collection
These core collections form the main strength of the museum. They are based on the assembly of a group of important specialist collections made by named individuals.
The Ketley collection was acquired in 1880 and subsequently augmented by family bequests in 1964 and 1968. It contains Silurian and Carboniferous fossils from the Midlands, and especially from the Wenlock area. The Holcroft collection was mainly given by Sir Charles Holcroft (1831-1917), with the remainder given by his nephew after his death. It contains over 4000 specimens of palaeontologically important Silurian fossils together with some Carboniferous plants. The Lapworth collection was made by the museum's founder, and constitutes a reference tool of international importance. It contains some 6000 items, mainly graptolites. The Coope collection centres around the the collections of F.W. Shotton, G.R. Coope and their co-workers. Over 50000 specimens include large numbers of beetles and of Quaternary vertebrates and recent material. The Palaeontology collection of around 70000 specimens spans the whole fossil record but with particular strengths in Palaeozoic invertebrates and Palaeozoic-Cenozoic fish. The Humphries odontological collection consists of about 2000 items, mainly fossil and recent vertebrate teeth and skulls. It was bequeathed to the Medical School c.1919, and subsequently divided between three different faculties. It was re-united in the Lapworth Museum in 1996. The mineral collection comprises around 12000 items, including collections of agates collected by Charles Lapworth, and an important Victorian collection assembled by William McLean (incorporating material collected by John Percy FRS), and the Cornish mineral collection of William Murdock, an associate of Matthew Boulton at the Soho Manufactory and the inventor of gas lighting. Significant archive material is held in association with the McLean and Murdock collections. The petrology (rock) collection contains over 50000 specimens and includes representative thin sections and geochemical preparations from theses and scientific publications.
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Lapworth Museum Of Geology
School of Earth Sciences University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT
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0121 414 4173
0121 414 4942 
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Grade II
Collections Overview
One of the most significant geological collections in the UK, the Lapworth Museum collections began in 1880, and have since acquired important collections of rocks, minerals and fossils. The museum also has a significant archive, and zoological, personalia and archaeological collections.
Display Overview
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Star Objects
Irish giant deer Spiny Trilobite Dinosaur skull (Allosaurus)
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