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Date: 21 October 2015

Location: University of Bristol

Convenor: Dr Cherry Lewis

As part of the ongoing William Smith bicentenary celebrations, HOGG will visit the Eyles Collection in the Arts & Social Sciences Library, University of Bristol, which houses one of the best collections of early geological material in the country – including many Smith maps and other related items.

After the meeting participants are invited to attend a lecture in the University’s Great Hall given by Professor John Grotzinger, the Chief Scientific Officer on the Mars Curiosity Project. Before the lecture there will be an opportunity to talk to Professor Grotzinger over wine and nibbles.

The papers, maps and volumes were collected as a library on the history and practice of geology. Thanks to a legacy left by Joan Eyles, the collection is regularly added to.

  • Books. The extensive collection of almost 1,000 rare books dating back to the early 1600s includes works by William Buckland, Thomas Burnet, Georges Cuvier, Jean Baptiste Lamarck, John Playfair, James Parkinson, Joseph Townsend, William Whiston and many, many others.
  • Maps. A large collection of European maps of historic interest, with detailed maps of the British Isles, 1804-1937, includes a number of maps by William Smith.
  • Papers. Correspondence relating to the study of geology in the early nineteenth century, includes letters to and from the Sowerby family, 1679-1892; the wills of Rev. John Buckland and Rev. William Buckland; and papers and correspondence relating to John Farey, 1806-1822, amongst a large number of other items.

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A selection of material will be available for viewing but should participants wish to see anything in particular, please notify the convener, Dr Cherry Lewis. A list of the publications can be found by going to the University’s online library catalogue and typing Joan Eyles into the search box.

Full details of this meeting and the lecture will appear in due course, but if you would like to register your interest, please contact the convener.