Museum collaborations

IRIS active earth.

The BGS has worked with a number of museums and science discovery centres to install seismometers, live earthquake feeds, display boards and graphics.

Some of the locations below use the IRIS Active Earth Monitor. It is a free, customisable, earth science display designed for museums and visitor centres.

Contact Paul Denton for further information about producing an earthquake display in your museum.

BGS, Nottingham

All shook up at BGS Keyworth.

The BGS headquarters in Keyworth have a permanent display in the main foyer featuring one of the SEP school seismometer systems as well as a Slinky seismometer.

Data from these sensors is displayed on a screen in the foyer and is also available as a live feed through the jAmaSeis software as station KEYW

Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight

John Milne, 'father of modern seismology'.

As the home of John Milne's Shide observatory, the Isle of Wight holds a special place in the history of seismology.

The Museum at Carisbrooke Castle has a permanent exhibition of John Milne's life and work (he is widely regarded as the "father of modern seismology") as well as an SEP seismometer (which is mechanically very similar to Milne's early 20th century seismometer designs) on display.

The Museum also hosts a screening room showing a documentary about the life and works of John Milne, made by his great nephew William Twycross from Australia. If you are interested in viewing this 60 minute HD film for educational purposes it can be seen on Vimeo (password Twycross)

Hive, Worcester

Jump! Making waves in museums.

Touch screen units include written data, moving animations, archived photos and videos from famous earthquakes.

The display includes a live feed from earthquake monitoring stations all over the world, provided by the British Geological Survey, and the ability to 'make your own earthquake' using an in-built seismometer.

Marble Arch Caves, County Fermanagh

All shook up at Marble Arch Caves.

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is a UNESCO recognised site hosting a range of activities and sights based on the local geology.

In their main visitor centre they have installed an earthquake exhibit and SEP seismometer system.

New Walk Museum, Leicester

New Walk Museum.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery originated in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums in the region.

In 2016 they added an interactive earthquake exhibit with support from the BGS, the University of Leicester and the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.

Data from their SEP seismometer is streamed live and is available with jAmaSeis software as station LENWM.

Rutland County Museum

Oakham launch

Rutland County Museum and Visitor Centre is the perfect introduction to England’s smallest county.

The museum displays tell the story of the county, and are complemented by exhibits of archaeology, history and rural life.

In 2016 they added a matched seismology display with the Leicester New Walk Museum display, the live data from this site is available through the jAmaSeis software as station RUCM

W5, Belfast

All shook up at W5 Belfast.

GSNI and BGS contributed to the design of third geoscience exhibit at the W5, the award-winning science and discovery centre in Belfast.

Entitled 'Earthquake', the new exhibit features a working seismometer that continually records and displays earth vibrations.

This is one of a series of demonstration seismometers installed across Northern Ireland through the BGS School Seismology Project. 

Wyre Community Discovery Centre

Touch screen units include written data, moving animations, archived photos and videos from famous earthquakes.

The display includes a live feed from earthquake monitoring stations all over the world, provided by the British Geological Survey, and the ability to 'make your own earthquake' using an in-built seismometer.