Geology Collections

There are around 12,000 rocks, minerals and fossils, with a good coverage of the fossils associated with the local Coal Measures. Highlights include the William A.S. Sarjeant collection of 1,000 North Midland minerals and the John Ward collection of fish fossils. Ward’s fossils were sent to scientists and museums all over the country, and 798 specimens are held at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. These fossils show the variety of life that existed in the area around The Potteries around 300 million years ago and mark John Ward as an important scientist in the history of Stoke-on-Trent.

A box of fish fossils collected by John Ward

A fossil fish found in Longton, Cycloptychius sp.