Welcome to HOGG

The Freemasons' Tavern where the Geological Society of London was founded on 13 November 1807. It is the oldest geological society in the world.

The History of Geology Group (HOGG) was inaugurated in October 1994 to encourage interest in the lives and work of those scientists and philosophers who influenced both the study and the practice of geology. HOGG is open to anyone with an interest in the history of geology, and the events and personalities that have shaped the way in which geology is studied and practised today.

HOGG is managed and run by a committee of its members and the current chair is John Henry. HOGG is affiliated to the Geological Society of London and many of its meetings are held in the Society’s apartments at Burlington House in London.

 
Can you help the Archibald Geikie project?

Can you help the Archibald Geikie project?

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924) was an eminent Victorian geologist, having been President of both the Geological Society of London, and the Royal Society, the only geologist ever to have held....[read more]

Lost Smith map rediscovered

Lost Smith map rediscovered

A missing William Smith map of 1815 was discovered at the Geological Society on 19th February, 2014. Archivist, Caroline Lam, has been steadily working through a backlog of uncatalogued material since....[read more]