Notable Fossil Collectors
Mr John Clarke Hawkshaw F.R.S. (1841–1921), a civil engineer by trade from Liphook, Hampshire was the nephew of Sir Charles Darwin. He collected marine fossils from around Orford, Suffolk in the 1860s, Filey Brigg, Yorkshire in 1868, Eastwear Bay, Cambridgeshire in the late 1860s and Folkestone, Kent during 1872.
This collection remains in its original cabinet and has been sorted in accordance with English counties by Mr Hawkshaw, and is accompanied by his field collection notebook.
Mr John Edward Lee (1808–1887) was a geologist from Yorkshire. His personal collection of fossils came to our Museum via his son.
In his collection are ammonites from Whitby, Yorkshire, brachiopods and corals from Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden, gastropods and bivalves from Headon Hill, Isle of Wight, crinoids, brachiopods and corals from Dudley, Worcestershire and trilobites from Bohemia, too name just a few.
Sir Archibald Geikie O.M. K.C.B. (1835–1924) was an eminent geologist. At the peak of his career, he was both President of the Royal Society and the Geological Society (the only geologist to have ever held that honour).
In this collection he collected gastropods from Isle of Wight, belemnites from Speeton, Yorkshire, bivalves from Osmington Mills, Weymouth and brachiopods and echinoids from Bridport, Dorset. Our Geikie collection also includes letters, field notebooks, photographs, watercolours, personal ephemera, rocks, fossils and minerals.