Past meetings

Details of meetings and events which have previously been held by the History of Geology Group. You can download the abstract booklet from some of these meetings.

Nov 2017 - The Society of Arts and the Encouragement of Mineralogy and Geology 1754-1900

The programme consists of nine papers illustrating the wide range of the Society of Arts’ influence on the earth sciences. This foray into a little known area of history of geology promises to be interesting day and alert you to new research possibilities.

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Sep 2017 - The Geologists of Lyme Regis

This summer, Lyme Regis Museum opens its new extension, the Mary Anning Wing, and to mark the occasion HOGG is holding a weekend meeting based at the museum to discuss the remarkable contribution made by geologists associated with Lyme Regis.

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Dec 2016 - A Commemorative Meeting to Celebrate the Life and Work of Robert F. Symes OBE, 1939-2016

This one-day meeting has been convened under the auspices of Geological Society and History of Geology Group (HOGG) inassociation with the Geologists’ Association, The Ussher Society, The Russell Society and The Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society.

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May 2017 - The history of geology and mining in the Forest of Dean

Iron has been mined in the Forest of Dean since prehistoric times, and coal since at least Roman times, but how and when did an understanding of its geology evolve? This two-day field trip will explore the unique history of ‘free’ mining in the Forest of Dean, and how a gradual understanding of its geology facilitated exploration for these resources.

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Nov 2016 - Past Meeting: Military Aspects of Engineering Geology: Past and Present

A whole-day meeting at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, is being convened under the auspices of the Society’s ‘History of Geology’ and ‘Engineering’ Groups, potentially also the Institution of Royal Engineers.

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Past Meeting: March 2016: 'Behind the Scenes' visit to the Natural History Museum

e-mail enquiries/expressions of interest to cduffin@blueyonder.co.uk. Registration closes on March 7th.

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European Oil & Gas Industry History conference

The focus of the conference will be to examine the history and heritage of the oil industry from the earliest onshore drilling (and digging) to its development into the industry that we know today.

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Past Meeting: October 2015: Visit to the Eyles Collection, Bristol, and lecture by John Grotzinger

As part of the ongoing William Smith bicentenary celebrations, HOGG will visit the Eyles Collection in the Arts & Social Sciences Library, University of Bristol, which houses one of the best collections of early geological material in the country – including many Smith maps and other related items.

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June 2015: HOGG Open Meeting

18th June at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

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23 March: Sir David Attenborough to unveil William Smith plaque

William Smith lived at 15 Buckingham Street (WC2N 6DU) from 1804 to 1819. A plaque to commemorate Smith will be unveiled there on his birthday 23rd March, 2015 at 16:30 by Sir David Attenborough. The unveiling will also launch the Bicentenary of Smith’s iconic map of 1815. All are welcome to attend the unveiling and to apply for free tickets to the Launch reception that will follow at the Geological Society.

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William Smith Meeting 2015: 200 Years of Smith’s Map

To celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago, HOGG is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015. Associated with the two-day conference is an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, a field excursion and a celebratory dinner.

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William Smith conference: 200 years of Smith's map

This two-day conference features Keynote Lectures from Professor Hugh Torrens and Professor Simon Knell, as well as talks by other experts on William Smith’s maps, his careers and his contemporaries in England and Europe.

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Private Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Participants will be shown original William Smith geological maps and sections, and his collection of fossils and rocks. This will be a private viewing in small groups of 20. The 80 places will be allocated in order of application. Details regarding access and time of your visit will be forwarded with other registration details.

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November 2014: Geology and Medicine Part 2

Geology and Medicine: Exploring the Historical Links and the Development of Public Health and Forensic Medicine Celebrating the Tercentenary of Sir John Hill 2-4 November: Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

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Past Meeting: Murchison, the Discovery of the Silurian and the Brecon Anticlinal Field Trip

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison was one of the most important figures in 19th century geology and exploration. He was Director-General of the Geological Survey, President of the Royal Geographical Society and publicly known as the ‘King of Siluria’. In July 1831, on his first field season as a solo geologist, Murchison explored the Wye Valley. Retrospectively, over his diary entry for one of the locations we shall visit, he wrote “This was the first true Silurian”.

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Past meeting: Selsey field trip: In the footsteps of Heron-Allen

A weekend visit to the Selsey area will investigate Heron-Allen’s contributions to geological studies of the area. Lectures by leading experts on Heron-Allen and the local geology will be combined with short walks around Selsey and a fossil hunt on the beach at Bracklesham.

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Past meeting: Comparing the Smith and Greenough maps – behind the scenes at the National Museum of Wales

This meeting will focus on some of the highlights of the collection such as De la Beche’s original watercolour of Duria Antiquior, and will include an opportunity to view several issues of Smith’s 1815 map side by side, and to compare them with Greenough’s map. Also on display will be the (much-faded) and recently rediscovered annotated Greenough map which hung in the Geological Society’s apartments until 1932.

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Past meeting: INHIGEO Conference; Field Trips

The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) promotes ongoing research into the history of the Earth sciences. Each year it sponsors an international symposium with associated field activities.

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Past meeting: Visit to the Map Library and Archives of the Geological Society

Without the maps of the Ordnance Survey, geologists were greatly hampered. For this visit, a selection of maps from the archive will demonstrate the progress to accurate geological mapping in Britain and other European nations.

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Past meeting: Appreciating Physical Landscapes: Geotourism 1670 – 1970

Geotourism’s burgeoning literature has tended to focus on descriptions and case studies of modern interpretative and promotional provision in protected areas and geoparks. The significant historical antecedents of modern geotourism in Britain and Europe are comparatively neglected in the literature.

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Past meeting: The Geology, Hydrogeology and Oenology of Burgundy

This excursion will pay homage to the hydraulic engineering projects of Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy (1803-1858), the ‘Father of Hydrogeology’, in Dijon before investigating the inter-relationships between tectonics, topography, palaeogeography, soil science and oenology in one of the greatest wine-growing areas in the world.

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Past meeting: Piltdown Man – 100 years on

On 18 December 2012, a History of Geology Group meeting at the Geological Society of London will mark the centenary of the Piltdown meeting with a series of talks about the forgery, preceded by a tour of the Natural History Museum’s Piltdown Centenary Exhibition.

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