The service holds more than 40,000 geology specimens from across the world but its greatest strength is on the Plio-Pleistocene of Suffolk. The Museums have outstanding collections of Pliocene Coralline Crag and Red Crag – the latter is the only exposed UK deposit to chart the transition into the Pleistocene ice age. The collections of Norwich Crag include material from the type locality, Easton Bavents and Wroxham Crag which document the early parts of the ice age. From the later Pleistocene, Ipswich Museums holds important collections from interglacial type sites including Bobbitshole and Hoxne as well as from highly significant Suffolk sites including Brundon and Stoke. The collections have supported research into taxonomy, biostratigraphy, ecology, evolution, and climate change. You can search the Ipswich collections here.
Ipswich Museum is embarking on a major £8.7 million redevelopment over 3 years to transform the gallery spaces and visitor facilities. You can read more about it here.
Dr Simon Jackson is the Collections and Learning Curator responsible for the natural science collections. His email is: email@example.com. With the busy redevelopment going on, we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible but please do bear with us, as there will likely be a delay.