Curator News

Our Curator, Matt Williams, is responsible for the care and promotion of our Museum, Library, and Archive collections. From fossils to fire-arms, bat skulls to Byzantine pots, and manuscripts to malachite: here you'll get the inside story from the store rooms of 16-18 Queen Sqaure. Matt is an Associate of the Museums Association, has an MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol, and has worked at the BRLSI since 2004.



Skull scanning

Dr Watanabe used a handheld 3D surface scanner to create accurate models of four well preserved fossil skulls in our collection.

Mystery of the 'hand-beast'

Occasionally amongst these specimens we encounter a puzzle and a Chirotherium footprint proved to be just that. In solving the puzzle of this particular trace fossil we discovered it to be of greater historical important than had previously been suspected.

What's My Fossil?

Come along to Bath Festival of Nature in the Parade Gardens on Sunday 25th June and bring your unidentified fossil find.

Ancient calamari

Professor Malcolm Hart, Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University, visited BRLSI this week. On Thursday evening he gave a lecture to Bath Geological Society and on Friday morning he spent a few productive hours peering down a binocular microscope at fossil cephalopods.