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Geological Curators Group To Visit Geopark

The Geological Curators Group (GCG), the UK’s organisation for the promotion of the conservation and use of geological collections, is to visit Charnwood Forest Geopark as part of their 50th Anniversary meeting.

Members from around Britain, including staff at many of the countries most prominent museums, will be descending on the University of Leicester for a two day meeting under the theme “Geological Collections: Past, Present, and Future”. The event will take place May 17-18 2024, and include a field trip into our Geopark, covering a number of Charnwood Forest’s important geological sites.

The GCG is a membership organisation founded in 1974, and a charity registered in England and Wales. They are affiliated to the Geological Society of London and recognised by Arts Council England as a Subject Specialist Network. This year’s meeting celebrates 50 years after the founding meeting, which was also hosted in Leicester.

Jack Matthews, Geopark Geoheritage Officer said “We are very excited to have another prominent geoscience conference coming to Charnwood Forest. It is a testament to the international significance of our geology that professional groups like the Geological Curators Group choose to visit. Our friends in the GCG bring invaluable skills and experience in the conservation of geological specimens, and so as we share our geological story with them, we are also keen to listen and learn what more we can do to best preserve and promote Charnwood Forest’s geological heritage.”

In 2023, Charnwood Forest Geopark hosted and organised the Symposium for the International Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage, and also hosted the field trip for the British Sedimentological Research Group meeting being organised by Loughborough University.

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