Drawn to Nature; Minerals

In a year where people have found increasing solace in, and drawn creative inspiration from the natural world, we invite you to participate in and enjoy ‘Drawn to Nature; Minerals’. From a relatively modest toolkit of chemical elements, an amazing range of minerals with different crystal shapes, colours and properties can be found. Join Museum Collections Manager, Dr Duncan Murdock, to hear about the what the geometry of crystals can reveal about the rocks and minerals they’re contained in, before taking a chance to draw your own using the Museum’s specimens as inspiration with Q+A’s in this online, interactive science and art workshop. Make sure to have your art materials to hand!

About the speaker

Dr Duncan Murdock is a Collections Manager in Earth Collections, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Museum’s mineralogy and petrology collections, and parts of the invertebrate palaeontology collections. Duncan has an MGeol in Geology with Palaeobiology from the University of Leicester, and completed a PhD at the University of Bristol using pioneering Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray Tomographic Microscopy to reveal the internal structure of the first vertebrate and brachiopod skeletons. Most recently he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Museum before moving to his current role last year.

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