Our vast Palaeontology collection charts the history of geology as it developed from an ‘amateur pastime’ to a recognised scientific discipline.

The collection includes important material relating to women in the history of geology, such as Dorothea Bate, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Gray.

Works date from the 16th century to the present day, and include significant contributions by:

  • Gideon Mantell
  • Georges Cuvier
  • Charles Lyell
  • James Hutton
  • Henry De La Beche
  • Roderick Murchison
  • William Buckland