Photo by Richard Croft

Date: 3rd–4th March 2016
Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London 

CONVENORS: Jonathan Craig (eni upstream, Milan), Jeff Spencer (President of the Petroleum History Institute), Dick Moody (Kingston University London & HOGG), Fiona MacAulay (Rockhopper Exploration & GSL Petroleum Group), William Brice (Petroleum History Institute), Rasoul Sorkhabi (Energy & Geoscience Institute, University of Utah) 

  • 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, and also to examine the transition from conventional to unconventional resource plays in the onshore arena.
  • Keynote speakers from across the UK, Europe and the USA will share the historical framework of exploration and development activities. Invited Keynote Speakers include:
    • DICK SELLEY: UK Shale Gas Exploration––From 1875 to Now
    • JON GLUYAS: Argyll: A Field Reborn, Twice
    • FERDINANDO CAZZINI: The Early History of the Oil & Gas Industry in Italy
    • JEAN-JACQUES BITEAU: The History of the Oil & Gas Industry in the Aquitaine Basin


  • There will be a field trip over the weekend following the conference to examine the history, industrial archaeology and geology of the UK’s earliest oil and gas fields in the East Midlands and the Peak District. During the trip, a memorial plaque and information board will be unveiled at the Hardstoft-1 well site in Derbyshire, marking the 100th anniversary of the drilling of the well under the Defence of the Realm Act to reduce Britain’s dependence on oil imports.
  • A Geological Society Special Publication is planned in association with the conference.
  • A poster session will be held during the conference.

Register for this conference online at

HOGG members can register at a reduced fee (£100); choose the ‘Other Societies’ booking option when registering.

• For further information, please contact: Laura Griffiths, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG T: 020 7432 0980 or e mail: 

• HOGG contact is Prof. Dick Moody (e mail