The Wilson holds a collection of around 14,000 geological specimens – fossils, rocks, minerals, gemstones, ores, ornamental stones, soil samples, gravels and borehole cores. Most are from British sites, particularly from the Cheltenham area but some are from far-away places like Africa, South America and Antarctica. They vary in age from around 600 million years to just a few years old. Some are of great scientific interest as they hold clues to the Earth’s exciting past but others are just beautiful objects.
The museum holds collections brought back by local people relating to the British in India and Africa.
Further information about our World Cultures collections will be coming soon.