Four billion years in the making

Early next year, visitors to the University of Birmingham’s 100-year-old Edgbaston campus will be able to see more than four billion years of history brought to life as the University’s very own geological museum reopens its doors following a £2.5 million refurbishment. Kara Griffiths reports.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology will throw open its doors to visitors again early in 2016 when they will enjoy a state-of-the-art museum experience with light and airy spaces enhancing the setting of the displays, and a new range of innovative new interactive and tactile experiences.  With the museum housed in a wing of the University’s Edwardian Aston Webb building, the redevelopment currently underway will also make full use of the original features and display cabinets of the museum, which dates back to 1880, making it one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK.