Hello! I’m David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Science Collections at Manchester Museum. The geology collection is full of exciting stories of ancient worlds and intrepid collectors.

I meet lots of interesting people who use the collection, from researchers to children. I am always trying to help connect people to the collection and get it used. If you want to get in touch leave a comment or e-mail me.

I regularly get asked what my job involves, here’s some of the main things I do:

  • Working on our Museum Redevelopment
  • Exhibitions
  • Helping researchers use the collection

We have an exciting range of permanent galleries and Special Exhibitions

  • Public activities & outreach
  • University Student Teaching
  • Supporting Schools work
  • Working with Volunteers

Big Saturday collection days and handling objects on the galleries



  • Volunteers

We work with a range of fantastic volunteers who help with the collection and working with the public


6 Responses

  1. Great to see the museum blogging in such a big way. I’ve linked to your blog from our Manchester PG Careers blog, http://manchesterpgcareers.wordpress.com (I’d just posted about heritage/museum careers when I found the museum blogs).

    Any time you write about your own career, how you got into your line of work etc, just let me know and I’d be keen to highlight it (or you could always write a guest post for our career blog later in the year…?)


  2. Hi David,

    Great blog… it’s nice to know that the Manchester palaeontology collection has its own little outpost in the blogosphere!

    Incidentally, I started my Ph.D. at Manchester but transferred to Portsmouth just before you took over as Curator of Palaeontology. I succesfully defended my thesis last Monday and must say that being “doctored” didn’t hurt a bit! Please give my best regards to Dmitri Logunov in Zoology when you see him.

    Cheers, Sam

  3. Great blog david, ive always wondered what a Curator of Palaeontology does!

  4. Dear David
    Many thanks for sharing your time with me today, it was great to meet you and have a tour and talk of the fossil gallery . The fossils I would normally not notice you brought to life, you exquisitely told great facts about many things and my family would agree with me . I now know what to study in high school and I aspire to do my best in all of the subjects .
    We will come back soon to see the new display and I am very excited about the Siberian visitor (fingers crossed 😉 ) .

    Best regards William and family.

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