The Lapworth Museum of Geology dates back to 1880, and is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. Throughout its long history, the Lapworth Museum has provided a valuable resource for students, schools and colleges, research workers, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in, or desire to learn about, geology.
The most extensive collection of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands region. In addition, there are large collections of early geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material and also zoological specimens and stone axes. The collections of the Lapworth Museum are centered around UK and world fossil invertebrates and vertebrates (particularly fish). The grapolite, Wenlock invertebrate and fish collections are of particular importance in an international research context. Other very significant collections include those of minerals, Quaternary fossils, comparative zoological material and the archive collection of Charles Lapworth. The collections include material of considerable historical and scientific importance, relating to numerous nationally and internationally important geologists, scientists and collectors, particularly from the nineteenth century.
The main museum hall retains many of its original Edwardian features, and contains various permanent exhibitions, and also regularly changing displays. Access to material not on display is possible by arrangement with the curator. Throughout the history of the museum one of its main roles has been to promote, encourage and carry out research on the collections. Research facilities for individuals outside of the University are provided. The museum organises a series of evening lectures (open to anyone and free of charge) during university term time on popular geological topics. Occassional day schools are also organised which often provide an opportunity to view collections not on display. Education provision also includes loan sets, and bespoke educational visits for schools and adult education groups.