Micropalaeontology library

The Heron-Allen Library represents an unsurpassed micropalaeontology literature resource, providing access to books, bound reprints and microfiche copies of scientific papers.

As well as providing comprehensive background to our fossil and recent collections, the library contains a mass of data from around the world, including taxonomic and stratigraphical information.

It contains literature associated with the foraminifera collections housed in the department and also holds some fascinating historical texts.

The library attracts scientific visitors in its own right, and has provided essential data underpinning many important biostratigraphical projects.

Books

The micropalaeontology library holds an array of key works, including many early literary milestones on foraminifera, ostracods and radiolaria. It is regularly updated with new and important works.

Donations

In addition to works gathered by the Museum, we are fortunate to have received bespoke collections of literature from leading researchers upon their retirement:

  • Dr G Adams (foraminifera)
  • Dr W Riedel (radiolarians)
  • Dr J Neale (ostracods)
  • Dr R Austin (conodonts)

We have also acquired a large number of research theses, of which:

  • most accompany their associated microfossil collection
  • some arrived together with the entire university reference collection (from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, for example)
  • Specimen of an orbitolite specimen, Orbitolites complanata
    The Heron-Allen Slide collection

    Learn about Edward Heron-Allen’s vast collection of foraminifera type slides. It includes specimens gathered from samples from a number of notable research voyages.

Specimen of an orbitolite specimen, Orbitolites complanata
Heron-Allen slide collection

Learn about Edward Heron-Allen’s vast collection of foraminifera type slides. It includes specimens gathered from samples from a number of notable research voyages.

Edward Heron-Allen

Edward Heron-Allen.

The library was named in honour of Edward Heron-Allen, who amassed the original core of the collection.

Heron-Allen had his 42-volume collection of scientific reprints bound under the title Variorum de Foraminiferis Opuscula.

The Heron-Allen collection now comprises 374 volumes, containing thousands of fully-indexed reprints.