Date: 6 & 7 May 2020
Locations: University College London and The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
Convenors: Duncan Hawley (HOGG) with Professor Ian Wood (UCL)

George Bellas Greenough Map Bicentenary Meeting

The Geological Map of England and Wales by George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855), also known as ‘the Geological Society’s map’, was published on 1 May 1820. An event to celebrate the bicentenary of this important map will take place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May 2020.

Greenough was also instrumental in the founding of University College London, both as a subscriber (shareholder) in the original College alongside a number of other prominent early Geological Society members involved in its set up in 1826, and in its early governance.

Registration for the conference will open in January 2020.

Conference Outline

Wednesday 6 May 2020

  • A day of oral presentations and posters in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London (UCL).
  • An evening bicentenary celebration dinner in the Jeremy Bentham Room at UCL, with UCL Vice-Provost, Professor David Price (a geologist) in attendance.

Thursday 7 May 2020

  • Viewing and discussion of original Greenough specimens and materials at Burlington House. This will be a unique opportunity to view maps Greenough used to collate geological information, as well as his annotated drafts of the 1820 map and subsequent maps. Material will be drawn from the archives of the Geological Society as well as that held at UCL, the British Geological Survey and the National Museum of Wales. This will be the first time these materials have been gathered together in at least 150 years.