Date: 23 March 2015 at 16:30

Location: Buckingham Street, London

Convenor: Annie Sewell

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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 23 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.

Following the unveiling the Geological Society is holding a Bicentenary Launch for Sponsors which is now a free, but ‘ticketed’ event. At the Launch there will be an opportunity to see a recently discovered 1815 map and a presentation of a new and very impressive website, William Smith's Maps-Interactive. Please contact annie.sewell@geolsoc.org.uk for tickets.

The Geological Society is 1km or 20-30 minute walk from Buckingham Street and the Bicentenary Launch opens at 17:30 for a 18:00 start. The nearest tube stations are Embankment and Charing Cross. The best approach is via Watergate Walk reached by a short stairs down from Villiers Street.

In Smith’s day, his house sat at the river’s edge by York Watergate. The latter remains, within the reclaimed land of Embankment Gardens. London’s oldest wine bar would be a convenient shelter; it is situated on Watergate Walk between Villiers and Buckingham Streets.