The Lapworth Museum of Geology has been awarded a grant by the National Archives for a new project ‘Unlocking Lapworth’s legacy: the history of geology as revealed by the Lapworth Archive.’

£37,918 has been awarded to the museum to fund a new role of archivist to coordinate the cataloguing of Lapworth’s archive. The archivist will work with museum staff and volunteers, helping to upskill members of the team and addressing an archive skills gap within the Museum.

Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum explains, “This grant is going to transform how we manage the brilliant archive we hold, which records the interaction between geology, sciences, education, arts, people and wider society in the late 19th and early 20th century. Social media activities such as Twitter exhibitions will highlight the work to the public in a new engaging, creative and informative way. For the first time, the archive will be accessible and searchable online. A series of events will display the content to researchers, educators, and the wider community, enhancing our learning and public engagement programmes. Plus, we are looking forward to launching an innovative digital exhibition at the end of the project.”

The Lapworth Museum is an example of how research is being used to inspire the next generation of scientists, and change public understanding of Earth Sciences.

Enabling visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years, the Lapworth Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections. State-of-the-art galleries and innovative and interactive exhibits are all completely free of charge.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages.