Ore collections

A cabinet of ores from the Collection

A cabinet of ores from the Collection

The Ore Collection comprises over 10,000 precious and base metal specimens representing minerals, rocks and run-of-mine material from mining and ore-fields around the world. Many are unique and are from areas no longer accessible to collectors. They represent a valuable academic and historic resource. Both individual and suites of samples are held, and these demonstrate style of mineralisation and type of deposit in which the ore is found. A number of samples have a polished block or a thin-section prepared, which may be available for examination.

The Collection houses particularly fine examples related to south west England; gold and platinum carbonate-hosted Irish-type lead-zinc mineralisation epithermal gold deposits of south east Asia & the Americas; massive sulphide deposits of the Urals; nickeliferous material from Canada, Australia, Colombia and the USA.

A drawer of ores

A drawer of ores

 

The Collection Register is being transferred to an electronic database and a reorganisation of the storage and display of specimens is underway.
Scientists or members of the public with research interest may view specific areas of the Collection by prior arrangement with staff.

This Collection forms the basis of an active research programme at the Museum.
For more information please contact:

Dr Richard Herrington (Ore Research Programme Leader)
Mr Alan Hart (Acting Curation Manager)
Mr Mike Savage (Scientific Associate)

Email: Dr Richard Herrington
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5528
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5537