Bolling Hall Museum
Bradford District Museum & Galleries

Natural Science: Geology

There are approximately 80,000 geological specimens. This collection is the subject of a paper in Naturalist: 104 pp 17-23 (1979), which details the scope of the collection in some detail. The fossil and rock collections come from world-wide and British sources and includes fossil collections, mostly British, from Cambrian to Recent times consisting of scientific type material, illustrated and published that are of significant historical value, and high quality display minerals. Type and figured fossil material such as the Upper Carboniferous holotype fossil tetrapod, Pholiderpeton scutigerum, is internationally important. The important Creswell Crags cave material, excavated in the later 19th Century, includes Late Glacial bones and Neanderthal quartzite. The historically important mineral collection of Joseph Dawson (1740-1813) is a rare gem, with its remarkable hand-written catalogue dated 1810. It contains mineral specimens from all over the world, and some local, classified in the Wernerian way that reflects the knowledge of mineralogy and history of science at the time.

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