Radiolarian collection

Glass model of radiolarian Eucecryphalus schultzei

Glass model of the radiolarian Eucecryphalus schultzei created in the nineteenth century by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

The Museum's radiolarian collection is small but contains many important specimens. It is a valuable resource for dating rocks and studying oceans of the past.


The radiolarian collection contains:

  • historically important material collected in the late 1800s by Ernst Haeckel
  • an extensive radiolarian book and reprint collection donated by Bill Riedel
  • part of the Museum’s collection of Blaschka glass radiolarian models

Important historical collections

  • Ernst Haeckel
  • Bill Riedel
  • Blaschka models

Looking for a specimen?

The Radiolarian collection is being digitised

Senior Curator

Dr Stephen Stukins

Principal Curator

Dr Giles Miller

Any questions ?

If you would like to use any specimens for research   

Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.

Collections on the move

We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected. 

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