MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Written By Aubrey Whymark 2017
What makes a good museum? Tektites, of course. They are fascinating objects - all rocks tell a tale or have an undeciphered tale to tell, and tektites are the most interesting of the lot! The events they relate to have shaped the evolution of life on this planet, they have exploded into our lives, caused fascination and intrigue, been used as tools, weapons and healing stones and now a huge impact crater awaits to be found in Indochina. What can this tell us? It was a huge event, yet with apparently little impact on our world and climate, at least as far as we know.

The point of this page is to see what the greatest Museums offer us in terms of tektite displays.

As a kid in the 1980's and early 1990's and would regularly visit the British Museum of Natural History, often clasping the latest fossils I had found for identification. I'd always visit the Mineral Hall and view the meteorites. For me, these old Victorian displays are amazing - the specimens tell the story. Increasingly though the valuable specimens are being hidden away and we are presented with a computer screen - no more amazing than our ipods at home. I know this is to be more inclusive, but to the enthusiast I think something has been lost. The British Museum holds some amazing specimens - including the Australite presented to Charles Darwin. These should be on display to inspire the youth. A guide should tell us the story and inspire us.

With a limited budget I can't go everywhere, so if you have photos or comments about tektite collections in any museums then why not email them to me at [email protected] - I can then publish them for you.

The best tektite museum in the World?

I have no idea, what do you think?

​I guess it depends on what floats your boat - Some of the Moldavite museums in the Czech Republic are incredible, but for the Australasian strewnfield I guess we need to look to Australia.