Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture & Learning Since 1888
Geology Collection

Fossils

The fossil collection has over 20,000 specimens, mostly from the fossilized remains of marine animals. They cover more than 500 million years of geological time, starting with the Palaeozoic era, through the Mesozoic era and ending in the Cenozoic era. The fossil material consists of teeth, scales, corals, sponges, bones, shells and plant remains. Most of our collection is from England, with a few exceptions from New Zealand, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, North America, Canada and South America.

Rocks and Minerals

The mineral collection is over 5,000 specimens, mostly from British localities. It includes a diverse range of minerals and is the largest collection of its type in the county of Surrey. The collection includes common and widespread mineral species such as quartz and its numerous varieties, calcite, gypsum, pyrite, barite fluorite, hematite, feldspars, micas and the garnets. Notable well-crystallised mineral specimens from the British Isles include calcite from the north of England and fluorite from various localities in northern England and Cornwall. Also present are ore samples of the common metals as well as a wider range of more rare minerals. Rare minerals include chalcophyllite, olivenite and pharmacosiderite.

Highlights of the Collection