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Resources (including Museums & Libraries)

Libraries and Resource Centres

Of the libraries and resource centres that have significant holdings of maps and publications concerning Shropshire geology, some are only accessible to members of the society that manages the library, others require prior appointment. It is therefore advisable before travelling to check the access arrangements (including whether a fee will be payable), hours of opening, and any conditions such as availability of photocopying or photographing facilities.

 

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre (formerly Ludlow Museum Resource Centre) – the most comprehensive geological holding of geological specimens, books and papers within Shropshire. Prior appointment essential.

https://www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/shropshire-museums-collections-centre/
email Sarah Skelton: llmrc@shropshire-cc.gov.uk
phone: (01584) 813 666

Ludlow Library and Museums Collections Centre,
Parkway,
Ludlow,
SY8 2PG

A comprehensive collection of over 30,000 specimens has been collated at the Shropshire Museums Collections Centre (SMCC). Some specimens are on pubic display at the museums in Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Ludlow but most are archived in Ludlow. Access details are here.

Much of the SMCC collection has been digitised and is the process of being made available here. If you know the general name of the fossil you want to find (e.g. trilobite) then enter it directly into the Search box. Specific names (e.g. Homalonotus) are great but if you know only part of the name then use * as a wildcard (e.g. Homal*). The accession number can also be used (e.g. G.13728.001). If you spot any mistakes then use the ‘User Comments’ tab or drop a line to SMCC@shropshire.gov.uk

As a part of the Friends of Ludlow Museum digitisation project an inventory of all the written and published material that is currently held by Shropshire Museums Collection Centre in Ludlow to do with Shropshire geology has been compiled. This is a great potential resource for anyone who may be interested in research and generally these items are accessible by appointment with Museum staff.

For more information about individual items please contact Shropshire Museums staff at SMCC@shropshire.gov.uk

Click here for the Excel spreadsheet summarising the SMCC inventory.

 

British Geological Survey Library the national collection of geological maps and memoirs published by the British Geological Survey and its predecessors (including the Geological Survey of Great Britain; Institute of Geological Sciences), survey photographs, and field slips (in the National Geoscience Data Service, locate on the same site). Prior appointment essential.

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/services/library/
email librarian: libuser@bgs.ac.uk
phone: (0115) 936 3205

Maps can be viewed here

British Geological Survey Library,
Kingsley Dunham Centre,
Keyworth,
Nottingham,
NG12 5GG

 

Geological Society of London Library – the most comprehensive private collection of geological maps, memoirs, books and journals in the UK. Charges apply for non Fellows of the Geological Society.

https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/library
email librarian:  library@geolsoc.org.uk
phone: (020) 7432 0999

The Geological Society Library,
Burlington House,
Piccadilly,
London,
W1J 0BG

Lapworth Museum – an extensive collection of geological specimens, maps, books and journals, based on the material collected by Charles Lapworth. Prior appointment advisable.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx 
email the Curator: lapworth@contacts.bham.ac.uk
phone: (0121) 414 7294

Lapworth Museum of Geology,
University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham,
B15 2TT

National Library of Scotland – the national reference library which includes historic Ordnance Survey and Geological Survey mapping covering Shropshire together with remotely sensed imagery such as LIDAR. Access is online as well as in person.

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore

Arrangements for visiting

Contact

 

Shropshire Archives – a comprehensive holding pertaining to Shropshire of geological maps and memoirs published by the British Geological Survey, aerial photographs, and manuscripts. Possession of a Readers Ticket with photo-ID is essential.

https://www.shropshirearchives.org.uk/
email The Archivist archives@shropshire.gov.uk
phone: 0345 678 9096

Shropshire Archives,

Castle Gates,
Shrewsbury,
SY1 2AQ

The Natural History Museum – houses a vast internationally important collection of geological specimens, books and papers. Most is not on public display but can be made accessible by prior appointment. The Museum is currently transferring much of its collection to a new facility south of Reading, allowing South Kensington to focus on the public galleries of more general interest.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/services/collections/palaeontology.html

Click here for contact details

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

An increasing number of their specimens have been digitised. Two datasets are of particular interest to those studying the geology of the Marches: The Ludlow Museum Fossils in Shropshire Project dataset and the Museum’s own collection known as the Data Portal.

 

Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club Library– an extensive private collection of geological books and journals, notably of 19th Century naturalist field clubs. Non members may visit on Thursday mornings by prior appointment with the librarians.

https://www.woolhopeclub.org.uk/club/club-library

Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club Library,
Woolhope Room,
Hereford Library,
Broad Street,
Hereford,
HR1 1BP

Research

The following organisations are actively undertaking research on the geology of Shropshire. Results are generally published first in conference proceedings and journals, and a few years later summarised in books and trail guides. 

Aberystwyth University – undergraduate courses in geology and physical geography with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges/
email: dgostaff@aber.ac.uk
Contact: Prof. Neil Glasser
Tel: (01970) 622 606

 Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences,
The University of Wales, Aberystwyth,
Llandinam Building,
Aberystwyth,
SY23 3DB

Birmingham University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/index.aspx
Tel: 0121) 414 6751 / 6162

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences,
University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham,
B15 2TT

Bristol University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/research/
email: earth-enquiries@bris.ac.uk
Tel: (0117) 954 5400

Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Bristol,
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen’s Road,
Bristol,
BS8 1RJ

British Geological Survey – for research in support of geological mapping and the applications of geology.

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/ukgeology/englandContacts.html
Tel: (0115) 936 3100

Maps can be viewed here

District Geologist (West Midlands)
British Geological Survey,
Kingsley Dunham Centre,
Keyworth,
Nottingham,
NG12 5GG


Cambridge University
– undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/
email: es10002@esc.cam.ac.uk
Tel: (01223) 333 400

Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
Cambridge,
CB2 3EQ

 

Cardiff University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth/research/
email: earth-pg@cf.ac.uk
Tel: (029) 2087 4830

School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences,
Cardiff University,
Main Building,
Park Place,
Cardiff ,
CF10 3YE

Keele University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

http://www.keele.ac.uk/gge/research/
email: geo@keele.ac.uk
Tel: (01782) 583 615

Department of Earth Sciences and Geography,
Keele University,
Keele,
ST5 5BG

 

Leicester University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://le.ac.uk/geology
Tel: (0116) 252 3933

Department of Geology,
University of Leicester,
University Road,
Leicester,
LE1 7RH

Liverpool University – undergraduate courses in geology and physical geography with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.liv.ac.uk/geography-and-planning/research/
Tel: (0151) 794 2738

Department of Geography,
Roxby Building,
University of Liverpool,
Liverpool
L69 7ZT

 

Ludlow Research Group – a network of government and academic researchers concerned with the Silurian.

The future of geology in the Marches – pdf
email: mhowe@bgs.ac.uk
Contact Dr Mike Howe
Tel: (0115) 936 3100

Dr M.P.A. Howe,
British Geological Survey,
Kingsley Dunham Centre,
Keyworth,
Nottingham,
NG12 5GG

National Museum Wales – for national collections of rocks, minerals and fossils, reference library and associated geological research and advice.

https://museum.wales/curatorial/natural-sciences/
email: geology@museumwales.ac.uk
Tel: (029) 2057 3213

The Department of Natural Sciences (Geology),
National Museum Cardiff,
Cathays Park,
Cardiff,
CF10 3NP

 

Natural History Museum – for national collections of rocks, minerals and fossils, reference library and associated geological research and advice.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/index.html

Contact Dr. Giles Miller
Tel: (020) 7942 5482

Department of Palaeontology,
The Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road,
London,
SW7 5BD

 

NERC – national centre for government-sponsored research.

https://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/researchgrants/awards/
https://www.nerc.ac.uk/using/contacts/

Tel: (01793) 411 500

Natural Environment Research Council,
Polaris House,
North Star Avenue,
Swindon,
SN2 1EU

 

Open University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www5.open.ac.uk/stem/environment-earth-ecosystem-sciences/research

Tel: (01908) 652 889

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 6AA

 

Open University Geological Society – field trips in Shropshire

http://ougs.org/index.php

email: info@ougs.org

 

Oxford University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/

Tel: (01865) 272 000

Department of Earth Sciences,
Parks Road,
Oxford ,
OX1 3PR

Portsmouth University – undergraduate courses in geology with field mapping projects in Shropshire, field trips, postgraduate research and academic staff research.

https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/anthony-butcher

Tel: (023) 9284 2259

School of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences
University of Portsmouth
Burnaby Building
Burnaby Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3QL

Books

The following are outlets that will be happy to help procure books and pamphlets.

 

AbeBooks.co.uk – a web site for locating out-of-print and second-hand books.

 

Amazon.co.uk a web site for mail order.

 

British Geological Survey Shop – for geological maps and memoirs published by the British Geological Survey.

https://shop.bgs.ac.uk/Shop/Department/Bookshop
email: sales@bgs.ac.uk
Tel: (0115) 936 3241

British Geological Survey Shop,
Kingsley Dunham Centre,
Keyworth,
Nottingham,
NG12 5GG

Burway Books – for books, maps and pamphlets concerning Shropshire.

https://www.burwaybooks.co.uk/
email: ros.ephraim@btconnect.com

Contact Ros Ephraim

10 Beaumont Road,
Church Stretton,
SY6 6BN

 

Castle Bookshop – for books, maps and pamphlets concerning Shropshire.

Tel: (01584) 872 562
Contact Stanton Stephens

9 Castle Street,
Ludlow,
SY8 1AS

Journals

The following are the more important journals containing papers of relevance to Shropshire geology. Many are now available readily on-line, including access to summaries and use of word search facilities, but charges usually apply for downloading the full text of articles.

Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, Geological Series – from 1949; formerly the Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Geological Series.
https://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BGE

Geological Journal – from 1960; formerly the Liverpool and Manchester Geological Journal.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991034

Geological Magazine – from 1864.
https://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=GEO


Journal of the Geological Society of London
– from 1821; formerly the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, and before that the Transactions.
http://jgs.geoscienceworld.org/


Ludlow Research Group Bulletin
– from 1951.
No web site – paper copies of the Bulletin are housed in the SMCC (details at the top of this page) – now superseded by Silurian Times

Mercian Geologist – from 1964.
https://www.emgs.org.uk/

 

Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association – from 1859. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00167878

 

Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society – from 1981; some papers also appear within the Newsletter.
https://shropshiregeology.org.uk/publications-archive-2/

 

Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club  – from 1852.
https://www.woolhopeclub.org.uk/publications/transactions
and also https://www.archive.org

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