Geology students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited Lapworth Museum at the University of Birmingham for a workshop and tour to get up close to some fascinating artefacts.
First year A level Geologists enjoyed a guided tour of the museum, including a tour of the archives and the store of the museum. This enabled them to see the work that is done by museum curators and to get their hands on some very valuable specimens including gold and platinum nuggets, the type specimen of the Dudley Bug (a trilobite), and a section of ‘bendy’ sandstone! They also saw Charles Lapworth’s field note books and maps from the 1880’s.
The visit also involved students participating in a workshop using petrological microscopes to investigate rocks in thin section and they got to tour the university and see the Geology teaching rooms, led by Dr Ivan Sansom.
Karen Greaves, Curriculum Leader for Humanities at the College, said:
“We thank the staff at Lapworth Museum for making us so welcome and allowing our students access behind the scenes. They had a great day and the things they did were a perfect way to end their first year of study, enthusing them for their final year, starting in September.”
16 July 2019