Mrs Robin Hansen

Mrs Robin Hansen

Curator, Minerals

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
Phone: +44 020 7942 6014

Mineralogy Collections

Christopher MillerHelena BatesMichael Rumsey, Robin Hansen, Stephen Stukins

Specialisms

Curation and Collection Management, Gemmology, Mineralogy

Summary

With a love of minerals, gemstones and geology it is an honour to be working at the NHM in the role of Curator, Minerals and Gemstones. I have studied both geology and gemmology and have over thirteen years experience in both the mining sector and the private mineral collector world. My interests lie in gem and pegmatite minerals. My role at the museum focuses on the care and management of the mineral and gem collections (approx. 185,000 specimens ) including curation, registration, documentation, rehousing, audits, and assisting with acquisitions. I facilitate collection requests including access for scientific visitors and researchers, general enquiries, scientific loans, destructive sampling, exhibition requests, and collection tours. I assist the Angela Marmot Centre with mineralogical or gemmological public ID enquiries. I regularly promote the collection through outreach at the Lyme Regis and Yorkshire Fossil Festivals, and in special exhibitions at worldwide mineral shows including in Munich, Germany and Tucson, USA. I am involved in the upkeep of the specimens in the Mineral Gallery and Vault, Hintze Hall balcony display, Earth's Treasury, and the Earth Gallery Ground Floor atrium and have been involved in gallery enhancement projects in all four areas.

Qualifications

Degrees

Diploma of Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Foundations in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010

Honours in Geology, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1998 - 1998

Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Science (Major: Geology, Minor: Geographic Information Systems), Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1994 - 1997

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Minerals and Gemstones, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Non-academic

Mineralogical Assistant, Kristalle, 2014 - 2015

Mineralogical Sales Manager, Kristalle and Crystal Classics, 2005 - 2014

Exploration Geologist, Robe River Mining Company Pty Ltd, 1999 - 2002

Fellowships

Fellow of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), Gemmological Assocation of Great Britain, 2011 - on going.

Memberships

Member, Geological Curators Group, 2015 - on going.

Member, Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, 2015 - on going.

Publications

Hansen R (2018) The W. G. Rutherfurd Collection of Agates. Journal of Gemmology, 36 (4) :

Hansen R (2018) A Sapphire ring in the Natural History Museum Collections.. Journal of Gemmology, 36 (1) : 12 - 13.

Hansen R, Rennie L (2018) The First Australian Diamond. The Australian Gemmologist, 26 (No. 9 & 10) : 205 - 208.

Hansen R (2017) Two Interesting Cameos in the Collection of the Natural History Museum, London.. Journal of Gemmology, 35 (8) : 706 - 707.

Hansen R, Rennie L (2017) Australian cassiterite and chrysoberyl: gem and mineral specimens from the Natural History Museum, London.. The Australian Gemmologist, 26 (No. 7 - 8) : 120 - 128.

Hansen R, Rumsey MS, Hart AD (2017) The Gemstone Collection of the Natural History Museum in London. The journal of Gemmology, 35 (6) : 502 - 504.

Introduction

Summary

With a love of minerals, gemstones and geology it is an honour to be working at the NHM in the role of Curator, Minerals and Gemstones. I have studied both geology and gemmology and have over thirteen years experience in both the mining sector and the private mineral collector world. My interests lie in gem and pegmatite minerals. My role at the museum focuses on the care and management of the mineral and gem collections (approx. 185,000 specimens ) including curation, registration, documentation, rehousing, audits, and assisting with acquisitions. I facilitate collection requests including access for scientific visitors and researchers, general enquiries, scientific loans, destructive sampling, exhibition requests, and collection tours. I assist the Angela Marmot Centre with mineralogical or gemmological public ID enquiries. I regularly promote the collection through outreach at the Lyme Regis and Yorkshire Fossil Festivals, and in special exhibitions at worldwide mineral shows including in Munich, Germany and Tucson, USA. I am involved in the upkeep of the specimens in the Mineral Gallery and Vault, Hintze Hall balcony display, Earth's Treasury, and the Earth Gallery Ground Floor atrium and have been involved in gallery enhancement projects in all four areas.

Qualifications

Degrees

Diploma of Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Foundations in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010

Honours in Geology, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1998 - 1998

Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Science (Major: Geology, Minor: Geographic Information Systems), Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1994 - 1997

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Minerals and Gemstones, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Non-academic

Mineralogical Assistant, Kristalle, 2014 - 2015

Mineralogical Sales Manager, Kristalle and Crystal Classics, 2005 - 2014

Exploration Geologist, Robe River Mining Company Pty Ltd, 1999 - 2002

Professional activities

Fellowships

Fellow of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), Gemmological Assocation of Great Britain, 2011 - on going.

Memberships

Member, Geological Curators Group, 2015 - on going.

Member, Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, 2015 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Hansen R (2018) The W. G. Rutherfurd Collection of Agates. Journal of Gemmology, 36 (4) :

Hansen R (2018) A Sapphire ring in the Natural History Museum Collections.. Journal of Gemmology, 36 (1) : 12 - 13.

Hansen R, Rennie L (2018) The First Australian Diamond. The Australian Gemmologist, 26 (No. 9 & 10) : 205 - 208.

Hansen R (2017) Two Interesting Cameos in the Collection of the Natural History Museum, London.. Journal of Gemmology, 35 (8) : 706 - 707.

Hansen R, Rennie L (2017) Australian cassiterite and chrysoberyl: gem and mineral specimens from the Natural History Museum, London.. The Australian Gemmologist, 26 (No. 7 - 8) : 120 - 128.

Hansen R, Rumsey MS, Hart AD (2017) The Gemstone Collection of the Natural History Museum in London. The journal of Gemmology, 35 (6) : 502 - 504.