To coincide with Stonework, we invite you to bring your treasured rocks, stones, minerals or fossils to Talking Rocks and have your items assessed and/or identified by an esteemed panel of Geologists. Perhaps you will discover something new about the rocks in your life!
On a first come first served basis, please bring 1-3 items (maximum) per person, with sessions limited to 5 minutes. Please keep your specimens to an easily held size and bring a pen and paper to note any advice, as written assessments cannot be given.
Optional gold coin donation to participate. This is an informal event, and participants and attendees are invited to listen in on each assessment session.
Suitable for all ages!
All welcome. No RSVP required.
Dr Bill Birch
Dr Bill Birch, Curator Emeritus, Geosciences, joined the Melbourne Museum (Museums Victoria) in 1974 as Curator of Minerals and retired at the end of 2013 after 40 years. His main roles were to grow and improve the museum’s collections of minerals, rocks and meteorites for use in research projects and exhibitions, and to engage with the wider community across many topics of interest within the vast field of geology. Birch's personal research interests are in the analysis of minerals, especially unusual species, documentation of mineral assemblages, and historical mineralogy. Working with other experts, he has described over 50 minerals new to science.
Clive Willman started his career as a geologist at Chewton’s Wattle Gully mine in 1980 and later worked for the Geological Survey of Victoria and in Victoria’s gold exploration industry. He has contributed to numerous scientific papers and books on Victoria’s geology. Clive was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s Selwyn Medal in 2003 for a ‘significant contribution of high calibre to Victorian geology’. Clive has produced a number of science education films for his YouTube channel ‘Geology Films’.
Dermot Henry, Head of Sciences, Museums Victoria Research Institute, joined the Museum in 1982, initially working in a variety of roles within the Geosciences section. Now, as Head of Sciences, he has responsibilities for a large multidisciplinary team that works across the broad disciplines of zoology, palaeontology, geosciences, and human biology. Through his career he has been responsible for managing and developing collections, developing public programs and exhibitions, conducting peer-reviewed research, communicating science to a diverse range of audiences, and promoting the Museum in a wide variety of forums. He has published on a variety of mineralogical, petrological and meteoritic topics and has edited and contributed to four books on Victorian mineralogy.
Bringing together historical works from the CAM collections with contemporary and First Nations artists, Stonework reveals there are many ways of looking at a stone.