The Museum's collection of more than 15,000 ore specimens is a valuable resource for the field of economic geology.
The collection contains a wide range of material, from metalliferous soil and alluvial samples to mineralised bulk rock and drill core. Both individual and suites of samples are held.
Samples in the collection:
The main purpose of the collection is to support ongoing research within the Museum and the wider academic community. This is achieved through the management and care of samples, which are acquired via research-based fieldwork or donations from industry and academics.
Using the collection for research we are, in collaboration with industry, enhancing and developing our knowledge of:
The ores collection is continually growing and we are striving to create a comprehensive, world-class ores database for the economic geology community.
The ores collection offers worldwide coverage, and the wide range of systems and deposit types represented includes:
The collection houses particularly fine examples of:
Petrology curator in the Earth Sciences department.
Contact the palaeontology collections team with scientific enquiries about the collections.
Please contact our curator to make an appointment:
Ores Collection Curator
+44 (0)20 7942 6814
We encourage access to our collections and information via: