Going digital

We have started to create a digital record for the museum, in order to make the collections more accessible. This is taking place on two fronts:

A. Scanned pdfs + spreadsheets – less detail, not as searchable – more immediate!

Firstly, we are uploading scanned versions of catalogues. We have started with the mineral and petrological collections.

Secondly, we are making spreadsheets, with information from a) cupboard doors and b) an inventory taken in 2014.

These give an overview of the general collection, including minerals, fossils and rocks (note, however, not all cupboards are included – more material is available).

Links can be found on the collections page or here:

B. Collections management database – searchable, comprehensive, flexible – long term.

Thanks to funding from Geological Survey Ireland, we have been able to set up a collections management database. Our first specimen records have been entered, and the collection can be searched via Arctos. Paleontology data will also be exported to GBIF and can be found through that portal as well.

Images will be added shortly, and we’ll continue to enter new data. We’ll also set up protocols to make data-entry as efficient as possible and tailor the Arctos search page and profile to our collection.

See below for some more information/pictures!

Aerial View of Trinity c. 1957

This photo was recently discovered in the collection. It was taken some time after the Moyne Institute was built (1953) but before the Berkeley Library (1967).

The angle is slightly different, but it may well be related to the 1957 photograph which was used to recruit architects for the design of the Berkeley: https://www.tcd.ie/library/berkeley/5-when-all-this-was-fields/#more-115

Aerial photo of Trinity College, Trinity Geological Museum Collection

TGM at Culture Night 2019

Culture Night Logo RGB 300ppiJoin us at the Trinity Geological Museum for Culture Night! 

The ‘Story of the Earth’ exhibition highlights the geological evolution of the planet, with displays of rocks, minerals and fossils. Discover some of the museum’s hidden treasures, retrieved from storage for the occasion – including Ichthyosaur bones, fossil fish, volcanic rocks and beautiful minerals. Come see the Attenborosaurus, named after Sir David Attenborough!

When: Friday, September 20th 2019, 4PM-9PM

Where: The Trinity Geological Museum is currently located at the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Center (TTEC) and can be accessed from Macken Street.

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Entrance to the museum on Macken Street.