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.
May 2018 - Open Meeting
This year’s programme – a wide-ranging one that should have something to suit most people’s tastes – comprises twelve papers which range in topic from geological maps, through Antarctic exploration and geophysics to fossil vertebrates, early geological collections and the birth of plate tectonics. This promises to be an interesting and stimulating day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
e-mail enquiries/expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes on March 7th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.