Mineral Collection

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There are over 30,000 mineral specimens from localities worldwide including a collection of gemstones. This is one of the largest and finest collections outside the national museums and includes both historic and systematic material.

Minerals are naturally occurring solid substances that are inorganic, have a crystalline structure and a characteristic chemical composition.


Highlights of the Mineral Collection

  • Exceptionally fine minerals presented by Dr Richard Simmons
  • Historical collections of William Buckland and his wife Mary Morland, John MacCulloch and Charles Daubeny
  • Systematic mineral collections of chemists Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe and Dr Hugo Muller
  • Specimens formerly belonging to John Ruskin and the 2nd Duke of Buckingham in the mineral collection of publisher George Allen
  • British minerals collected in the 1970s and 1980s by Morrison Thomas


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