This page houses a series of blogs by Museum staff exploring the history of the area of Britannia Beach, the Britannia Mine, and the townships servicing it, as well as geology and metallurgy.
Heather with a sample containing multiple Trilobite fossils at Mount Stephen's Pass, Yoho National Park
I always knew I wanted a career related to science, but was not sure which one. There were just so many fascinating subjects. It wasn’t until I took a geology course in college that I realized I could incorporate a variety of sciences into one career. Being a geoscientist meant using more than just geology. As an exploration geologist, I use chemistry, physics, biology, and geography!
My work as a geologist has allowed me to visit so many amazing locations around the world and see my surroundings from a different perspective.
My advice for aspiring scientists is to keep asking questions, take math and science classes, and surround yourself with others who share your passion. The other women in my geology program have become lifelong friends who have encouraged and supported me every step of the way!
Heather Flynn, Assistant Curator
Copper is a very special material. It was the first metal that people shaped into tools, has played a vital role in the development of civilisation, and its remarkable qualities make it important in both electronics and medicine: "When a virus or bacteria lands on copper," Diane writes, "the copper releases electrically charged particles which blast apart the cell membrane..." Now that is a metal we'd all do well to study.
During its years of operation, some 650,000 tons of copper were extracted from ore at the Britannia Mine.