Wolverhampton Arts & Museums

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In brief

Wolverhampton Art Gallery was founded in 1884 and welcomes visitors to explore 300 years of art; from delightful Georgian paintings and Pop Art to thought provoking contemporary pieces. Other venues include Bilston Craft Gallery which is the largest dedicated craft venue in the West Midlands and Bantock House Museum which explores Wolverhampton’s rich history.

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  • Our collection of over 5000 British fossils represents the main fossil groups through most periods of geological history. The collection was assembled by Dr John Fraser at the end of the 1800s.
  • The Fraser collection, bequeathed in 1911 to the people of Wolverhampton for educational purposes comprises of over 9000 palaeontological specimens, dominated almost entirely by British fossils. The collection represents life from the Precambrian to the Holocene, with particular focus on the Silurian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
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Jurassic fish head, Lepidotus semiserratus.


The most spectacular object in the collection is a Jurassic fish head called Lepidotus semiserratus from the Upper Lias, Whitby.

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A small representation of the Fraser collection can be accessed online at Geology Matters, along with specimens from the other Black Country Collections. Alternatively, a visit can be arranged upon request.

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Ichthyosaur jaw from Whitby (Lower Lias).


Rachel Lambert-Jones, Collections Officer

t: 01902 552 046  e: Rachel.Lambert-Jones@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Chris Broughton, Documentation Assistant & Geologist

t: 01902 552 046  e: Christopher.Broughton@wolverhampton.gov.uk


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