Geological collections – a guide to standards in their preservation and care

Geological collections contain a wealth of information. Their scientific interest embraces the history of the whole of plant and animal life in the form of fossils, the planet Earth as rocks and minerals, a wide range of physical materials and chemicals, and the history of science through collections as entities and their associated archives.

Museums and geological collections vary greatly, ranging from the small local collection with specimens of relatively restricted provenance to the national museums with enormous ranges and numbers, and because so many activities go to make up curation. There is, however, a consensus among geologists and museum professionals on how such curation should be exercised.

This guidance, written by MLA, sets down standards for the museum care of geological collections and provides guidance on the interpretation of these standards.

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Date created: 2004

Author: Mick Stanley

Publisher: MLA