A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Away…

As we at Buxton Museum continue to decant, and digitally document, objects and artifacts from our old ‘Wonders of the Peak’ exhibition in preparation for our new and modern ‘Wonders of the Peak’ exhibition (opening in the Spring of 2017), I was wondering whether some my favourite objects will find a place in the new displays. Among many favourites are these slabs of rock which were created as the earth began to form and life began to take shape.

Coral Limestone

Basalt Lava with Gas Bubbles (Millers Dale, Derbyshire)

Closeup of Coral Limestone

Not only am I reminded of the size and scale of the , volcanic, tectonic, and oceanic activity that was taking place on earth up to four and a half million years ago, but also of the rudimentary forms of life that have been trapped and preserved in these rocks. This then leads me to contemplate an…

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