Earth in Space Gallery


The Spar Arch. Who made it, and why?

This beautiful mineral arch known as the ‘Spar Arch’ was built as an exhibition piece by a Cumbrian miner in the early 20th century. Regular competitions were held for miners to create objects made from the minerals they mined in the local area.  This fine example contains galena, fluoride, calcide, quartz and sphalerite from the Nenthead and Alston Moor area. The pointed aragonite crystals will most likely have been mined in the Lake District.