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REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2000/2001


Stone Museum of Geology
48 Milestone Road
Stone, DARTFORD
Kent DA2 6DN
ENGLAND


Foreward

The Museum is not at present open to the public due to lack of suitable premises in which to display the collection, but it's work continues by maintaining and supplementing the numerous specimens we hold and by publishing information on the geological sciences both in print and through our website www.stonemuseum.org.uk

I am pleased to report that we have completed publication of our planned range of information booklets. With four now available, these cover the industrial geology of Kent and Sussex, a 1200 word dictionary of geological terms, a visitor's guide to places of interest in the south east of England and, for our younger supporters, a dinosaur colouring book.

A major development during the year was the launch of our School's Loan Service. Available free to any school in the county of Kent we provide geological specimens, teachers notes and videos as support to the national curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 and for GCE A level students.

Our income was down 29.9% over 1999/2000 but costs also reduced by 30.6%. Our fixed assets, together with assets held in trust, showed healthy growth of 2.3%.

Brian R J Glover
Curator


Department of Palaeontology


Acquisitions by Field Trip

A number of field trips were made during the year but no fossil specimens were recovered - see entries under Department of Geology.

Acquisitions by Donation

Specimens acquired through donation during the year included a sample of Porites coral from Gran Canaria, donated by Miss Christine Gale of Chigwell, Essex and a Yorkshire Dactylioceras ammonite from Mr Alex Glover of Dartford, Kent.

Acquisitions by Purchase

Two fine leg bones were acquired from G&B Butler of Tunbridge Wells. Both specimens were dregdged from the sandbanks of the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands.


Department of Geology


Acquisitions by Field Trip

A number of field trips were made during the year, to Ewhurst in Sussex, Dunwich in Suffolk, Bournemouth in Hampshire, Plymouth in Devon, Bridgend in Glamorgan and Clevedon in Somerset.

A number of specimens were obtained from each trip including sandstones, slate, limestones and clays.

Acquisitions by Donation

A variety of volcanic and metamorphic rocks from Gran Canaria were deposited with the museum by Miss Christine Gale of Chigwell, Essex and from the Lizard Complex of Cornwall by Mrs Christine Brine of Swanscombe, Kent.

The museum is very grateful to Ms Shirley Randall and Mr Rob Freeman, both of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, for their donation of a large number of specimens obtained from the Puy-de-Dome region of France and from the Lake District of Cumbria.

Acquisitions by Purchase

Samples of Realgar and Orpiment (both ores of arsenic) were obtained from Richard Taylor Minerals, a fine specimen of part-polished Labradorite from R. Holt and a polished section of the famous Gibbeon meteorite of SW Africa from G&B Butler were purchased during the year.


The Museum Web-Site - http://www.stonemuseum.org.uk


The website contains descriptions of the Museum, its aims and the scope of its collection, but more importantly, contains sections on where to go to see geological and palaeontological attractions and sites, where to go to collect rocks and fossils and also lists world news of earthquakes, volcanic activity, mining developments and major fossil finds.

There are special pages devoted to background and reference information on geology and pages including write-ups of Museum field trips and expeditions together with reports on the research that we undertake.

The website also contains numerous useful links to museums, institutions and commercial organisations around the world that display, exhibit, promote or exploit the science of geology.

Since its' launch in August 1999, the website has grown from the original 35 files of information first published on the web to almost 300. By the end of March 2001 we had received well over 100 visitors.


Library & Resource Centre


Our library holdings continue to be the fastest growth area of the Museum with materials currently available including:-

Books106
Information Leaflets196
Scientific Papers19
Magazines & Publications333
Maps11
U.K. Newspaper Extracts107
Video & Audio Tapes9
College Prospectuses69
Newsfiles (held electronically)4248
Miscellaneous2
TOTAL5100

Electronic Newsfiles
Palaeontology1082
Earthquakes1968
Mining557
Extra-terrestrial Geology100
Volcanoes412
The Film Industry47
Geology68
Articles Abstract14
TOTAL4248

Looking to the Future


The 2001/2002 year will be one where the museum must concentrate on obtaining major capital funding for the acquisition of new premises, together with grant-in-aid applications to help complete the research resources available through our library.

A major advertising campaign is planned for this year in making our schools loan service more widely known and also to get our website details included in all of the world's largest internet search engines.

To date, donations to our dinosaur appeal have proved disappointing, but it is hoped that by increasing the "hits" on the museum website, this will improve.


Notes to the Accounts


1. Museum Expenditure

As a non profit making organisation, the Museum aims to spend the minimum possible on administration and overheads so that funds can be channelled into curation of the collection and the acquisition of display equipment and new specimens.

2. Tangible fixed assets and depreciation

Fixed assets at 31st March 2001 are stated at the lower of (a) cost, less provision for depreciation - if originally purchased by the Museum, or (b) net realisable value, less provision for depreciation - if the asset was originally donated free of charge.

Depreciation is provided on a straight line basis, and is calculated on historical amounts, after providing for any permanent diminution in value. The period of depreciation being the estimated life of the asset subject to the maxima shown below and commencing when the capital expenditure was incurred or on acquisition of the asset by donation.
Type of assetMaximum period
Computer equipment10 years
Laboratory and display equipment20-40 years

Estimated lives and residual values of individual items are reviewed periodically and amended when circumstances change.

3. Disposals

No specimen in the collection is considered to be a disposable asset - the Museum's charter provides strict safeguards and restrictions on disposals of the specimens themselves.

Asset values shown represent the estimated replacement cost of the collection and is calculated for insurance purposes only.

The nominal amount shown for disposals is an assessment of the value of plants lost through die-off from the Museum's Botanical Department.

4. Interest Receivable

Interest is received gross of tax each April 5th.


Balance Sheet

Position as at 31st March 2001

2000/20011999/2000
INCOME ()
Donations1153.901645.39
Gift Shop Sales0.0017.98
Stock in Hand719.35612.36
Cash In Hand1.8395.09
Interest Received0.020.74
TOTAL1875.102371.56

EXPENDITURE
Acquisitions376.39592.34
Purchase of Fixed Assets100.53114.47
Operating Costs676.98956.56
TOTAL1153.901663.37
BALANCE721.20708.19

WORKING CAPITAL
Interest Received0.020.74
Cash in Hand1.8395.09
Stock in Hand719.35612.36
TOTAL721.20708.19

STATEMENT OF ASSETS
Position as at 31st March 2001

OPENING BALANCE3519.723674.02
plus Acquisitions16.23195.86
Prior Year Adj.0.0050.00
less Disposals10.463.48
less Depreciation351.30396.68
CLOSING BALANCE2724.193519.72

Working Capital721.20708.19
Value of Collection10605.899509.36
Current Assets25.9626.22
Fixed Assets2724.193519.72
TOTAL ASSETS14077.2413763.49


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