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DUDLEY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY was a public museum and art gallery located in the town centre of Dudley
Dudley
in the West Midlands , England. It was opened in 1883, situated within buildings on St James's Road, and remained at that site until closure in 2016.

CONTENTS

* 1 Permanent exhibitions

* 1.1 Geology
Geology
* 1.2 Return of the Dinosaurs * 1.3 The Brooke Robinson Museum
Museum
* 1.4 Duncan Edwards and local heroes * 1.5 Fine art
Fine art
collection

* 2 Closure * 3 References * 4 External links

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

GEOLOGY

The geology exhibits were the 'most important collection' at the museum and were drawn from a collection of approximately 15,000 fossils from the local area including nearby Wren\'s Nest hill and Wren's Nest. The two geology exhibits are ' Dudley
Dudley
Unearthed' and 'Fantastic Fossils'.

The ' Dudley
Dudley
Unearthed' area contained a set of interpretative displays that related the geology of the area to the history of the industrial revolution, with regularly changing features on the geology of both the local area and the rest of the world, including information on Dudley
Dudley
Volcano . Fossils formed by the eruption of the volcano around 315 million years ago are also on display.

'Fantastic Fossils' showcased Silurian
Silurian
and Carboniferous
Carboniferous
fossils, with examples of fossilised corals and shellfish, Crinoids , Gastropods , Trilobites
Trilobites
, Cephalopods , worm tubes and fossilised specimens from the forest canopy and ground covering and primitive plants.

RETURN OF THE DINOSAURS

'Return of the Dinosaurs' opened in 2007 and was distinguished by several large models of various species of dinosaurs, including Baryonyx
Baryonyx
and one of the earliest dinosaurs, Thecodontosaurus
Thecodontosaurus
.

THE BROOKE ROBINSON MUSEUM

In 1911, local MP Brooke Robinson bequeathed his collection of paintings, furniture, ceramics, enamels and medals to Dudley. The objects were on display in a dedicated room in the museum which contained a miscellaneous collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century British and European paintings, furniture and ceramics, together with oriental ceramics, Japanese netsuke and inro , Bilston enamels, commemorative medals, Greek, Roman and Egyptian pottery and personal memorabilia relating to Brooke Robinson and his two wives.

DUNCAN EDWARDS AND LOCAL HEROES

The room featured a great deal of memorabilia connected to local football legend and Busby Babe Duncan Edwards , who was born in the town in 1936, and won two Football League
Football League
title medals with Manchester United and was capped 18 times by the England national football team until he died from injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster
Munich air disaster
in February 1958, when still only 21. There were plans to introduce other local sporting heroes.

FINE ART COLLECTION

The museum also held a large collection of fine art , including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and prints, which were rotated in and out of display. Among these were works by local artist Percy Shakespeare .

CLOSURE

The Museum
Museum
and Art Gallery was closed by its owner Dudley
Dudley
Council on 22 December 2016 in order to save money.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B " Dudley
Dudley
Museum
Museum
shuts as council cuts bite « Express & Star". www.expressandstar.com. Retrieved 2016-12-23. * ^ " Dudley
Dudley
MBC — Geological Collections". Dudley
Dudley
Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2009. * ^ " Dudley
Dudley
MBC — Dudley
Dudley
Unearthed". Dudley
Dudley
Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2009. * ^ " Dudley
Dudley
MBC — Barrow Hill Nature Reserve". Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2009. * ^ " Dudley
Dudley
MBC — Fantastic Fossils". Dudley
Dudley
Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2009. * ^ " Dudley
Dudley
MBC — Return of the Dinosaurs". Dudley
Dudley
Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009. * ^ " Dudley
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