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Geological drugs and prophylactics – discovering how knowledge of geology was used in the past to prevent disease and protect against ailments

Dr Chris Duffin will remind us that the avoidance of and protection against disease in the historical past, without the benefit of a modern understanding of pathogen transmission, physiology and public health, was an unreliable business. As a consequence the natural world was exploited for potential drugs and protective materials – amongst which are a surprising range of geological components.

HOGG Online lunchtime talk – Treasures of the Sedgwick Museum Archive

Cambridge University has long been a seat for study and work that has advanced the knowledge and understanding of geology. The Sedgwick Museum has always played an important and role in documenting this work, not least through holding the archives of many of the geologists at the university since the times of Adam Sedgwick.

HOGG online lunchtime talk: William Buckland: glacial impressions

This lunchtime event, starting at 1pm, will comprise three 10-15 minute presentations about different aspects of William Buckland’s involvement in supporting the idea that a massive ice “nappe” had covered much of the northern hemisphere, postulated to the Geological Society by Louis Agassiz in1840.

HOGG online lunchtime talk: Geology and Hospital Planning: A Crimean War Map by Dr Beverly Bergman

Dr Beverly Bergman takes up the story of the ‘Nightingale Hospital’ that was mentioned briefly in the 2020 HOGG AGM talk on Brunel: the Geologist. This pioneering pre-fabricated building was designed by Brunel and shipped out to the Dardanelles. The talk will focus on the selection of the site for the hospital and the survey that was carried out by John Brunton, Brunel’s engineer on the project.

Edward Greenly and the Geology of Anglesey – a centenary meeting – CANCELLED

2020 marks one hundred years since the publication of the Geological Survey map of Anglesey. The memoir ‘The Geology of Anglesey’ was published the year before. Both these were the work of Edward Greenly, with the support of his very able wife, Annie, over the previous 25 years to map the geology of Anglesey in great detail. Greenly was the master of mapping at six inches to the mile, and he would produce a book on ‘Geological Surveying’ a decade later that would become a standard in how to do geological mapping.

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