Date: 02-04 October 2015

Location: Ludlow

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The Geology of the Marches symposium is taking place in Ludlow between Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October in Ludlow. Get all the details about the conference on the meeting website, and register here.

The symposium will be of interest to geologists and palaeontologists. The Marches served as the basis for the definition of the Silurian by Murchison in 1839, a stratigraphy that that has been largely retained and which will be explored in the symposium's trips on Sunday 4th October. The area is also of particular importance to palaeontologists as Herefordshire is one of the most exciting fossil localities, in which Silurian organisms are found entombed within carbonate nodules in volcanic ash. 

The Friday is devoted to exploring the geology in and around Ludlow, including building stones, as well as its medieval history. In addition, the Shropshire Museums' Resource Center will provide a tour of its geology collections and a rock, mineral, and fossil workshop. Click here for more information.

Saturday is devoted to lectures, displays, and workshops. The three lectures are a particular highlight. Sue Tyler Friedman award winner Prof. Martin Rudwick will delve into the history of geological research in the Marches, a talk that will be of interest to any HOGG member. The other two lectures are of palaeontological nature, with Dr. Alex Liu exploring the Ediacaran fossil of Shropshire and Prof. David Siveter exploring the exceptionally-preserved Herefordshire fossils. Posters on current geological and palaeontological research in the area will be presented, and attendees can also take part in four workshops, including a historical workshop examining the work of John Cary that contributed to William Smith's success.

Sunday will have a choice of five fieldtrips. Stratigraphers will be interested in a trip through the Silurian, while geologists will have the opportunity to either explore the Precambrian to Ordovician outcrops of the region, or the general geology of Shropshire, or the famous Wren's Nest of Dudley. There is also one field trip to discover the ancient churches of Shropshire.