The Lapworth Museum of Geology is a major geological museum run by the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The museum is located within the Grade II listed, Aston Webb Building, which retains the original Edwardian features. The museum has a history which dates back to 1880. Named after Charles Lapworth, an English geologist, the museum houses over 250,000 specimens as well as geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material, and also zoological specimens and stone axes. Also in Lapworth's name is the Lapworth Archive, a detailed and extensive archive of his work housed within the Lapworth museum. The museum materials provide an invaluable teaching aid for the university's geology students. Many specimens are from the Midlands as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. Among the collections is Wenlock Limestone of the Wenlock Group from Dudley including fossils dating to 420 million years. Solnholfen Limestone from Germany are also on show to the public which includes fish, dragonflies, crabs, lobsters and pterosaurs. Within the fish collections are fish from Brazil, Italy, Lebanon and USA. Samples from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia consist of 510 million year old animals.
Many specimens that are taken from the UK were from old coal mining fields where minerals were accessed. As a result of this collection, there are over 15,000 minerals documented. Of historical interest is the mineral collection of William Murdoch, engineer and inventor, who worked with James Watt and Matthew Boulton at Soho House in Birmingham. In 2009, the entire natural history collection of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery was relocated to the Lapworth Museum and the museum will reopen in June 2016 with greatly enhanced exhibition space. The museum is fully wheelchair accesible and has disabled toilet facilities. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Location : Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT
Transport: University Station (Cross-City) via Birmingham New Street (National Rail) 5 minutes. Bus Routes : 61, X62 and 63 stop nearby.
Opening Times : Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00; Saturday / Sunday 12:00 to 17:00.
Tickets : Free
Tel: 0121 414 7294