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Google doodle celebrates Mary Anning

On May 21 this year, Google marked the 215th anniversary of the birth of Mary Anning (1799-1847) with one of its famous cartoons called Google doodles. Google’s doodles are spontaneous changes made to the Google logo in celebration of holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists who have helped shape history. Last year a photograph was discovered that may be of Mary Anning. Simply...

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 both positions. He retired in 1901 and moved to Haslemere in 1913 where he became chairman of the Haslemere Museum in 1914, after the death of its founder, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson. The Haslemere Educational Museum now holds a...

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 joining the staff two years ago. Her temporary assistant Victoria was clearing an old drawer of Centenary (1907) items and discovered a set of maps in a folder. It is an unnumbered early copy which makes it very rare. It is in...

Leucha Veneer contributes to 'In Our Time...

Leucha Veneer, HOGG’s Secretary, contributed to In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4 on 30th January, 2014, in a programme entitled ‘Catastrophism’. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking here. Catastrophism is the idea that natural disasters have had a significant influence in moulding the Earth’s geological features. In 1822 William Buckland ascribed most of the fossil record to the effects...

Sir John Hill: a biography – by Christopher ...

John Hill could justly be considered a typical Renaissance Man; his published contributions spanned translations, plays, fiction, satire, theology, history, astronomy, microscopy, zoology, botany, horticulture, medicine, geology, and the conduct of married life. Born the second son of the rather impecunious Anglican cleric, Theophilus Hill (1673-1746), John, a voracious reader, was systematically educated by his father, with...