Details of meetings and events which have previously been held by the History of Geology Group. You can download the abstract booklet from some of these meetings.
Using original material and first-hand evidence from the field, Duncan Hawley will outline the origin one of the most iconic geological Periods, suggesting why Sir Roderick Murchison chose to view this particular location in the Wye valley as the site where he ‘discovered’ the Silurian.
Jul 2021 - 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.
Oct 2021 - The history of petroleum exploration: evolving technologies based on a handful of underlying principles.
The first geological principles explaining petroleum finds were established in the early 1900s in exploration on land. Petroleum exploration progressed when technologies enabled these first principles to be applied to ‘hidden’ prospects (e.g. offshore).
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.
May 2021 - HOGG online Meeting – Conference: The Geological Society’s Map: understanding George Bellas Greenough and his 1820 map project.
This online meeting is the re-scheduled Greenough map bicentenary event.
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.
Feb 2021 - 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.
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.
Oct 2019 - The genesis of geology in York and beyond
HOGG 25th Anniversary Meeting organised jointly with the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and York Museums Trust.
This meeting will comprise a day of presentations (Thursday 11th July) followed by a field day (Friday 12th) featuring a walking tour, taking in sites linked with the history of geology around the city, as well as Hutton’s Section on Salisbury Crags.
21st May 2019 Convenors: Prof. Cynthia Burek, Dr Bettie Higgs and Dr John Cubitt A Centenary Celebration of the First Female Fellows of the Geological Society of London A day conference to be held at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly …
Thursday 22nd November 2018 (including HOGG AGM 2018) Burlington House, Piccadilly, London Registration Details Please register your place here. Alternatively, you can download a booking form here. The topics to be presented relate to coal mining and i …
18th September 2018 Joint Meeting with the Geological Curators Group and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute. Venue: Bath (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute). Meeting Programme Meeting Abstracts
May 2018 - Open Meeting
This year’s programme – a wide-ranging one that should have something to suit most people’s tastes – comprises twelve papers which range in topic from geological maps, through Antarctic exploration and geophysics to fossil vertebrates, early geological collections and the birth of plate tectonics. This promises to be an interesting and stimulating day.
The programme consists of nine papers illustrating the wide range of the Society of Arts’ influence on the earth sciences. This foray into a little known area of history of geology promises to be interesting day and alert you to new research possibilities.
Sep 2017 - The Geologists of Lyme Regis
This summer, Lyme Regis Museum opens its new extension, the Mary Anning Wing, and to mark the occasion HOGG is holding a weekend meeting based at the museum to discuss the remarkable contribution made by geologists associated with Lyme Regis.
This one-day meeting has been convened under the auspices of Geological Society and History of Geology Group (HOGG) inassociation with the Geologists’ Association, The Ussher Society, The Russell Society and The Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society.
Iron has been mined in the Forest of Dean since prehistoric times, and coal since at least Roman times, but how and when did an understanding of its geology evolve? This two-day field trip will explore the unique history of ‘free’ mining in the Forest of Dean, and how a gradual understanding of its geology facilitated exploration for these resources.
A whole-day meeting at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, is being convened under the auspices of the Society’s ‘History of Geology’ and ‘Engineering’ Groups, potentially also the Institution of Royal Engineers.
e-mail enquiries/expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes on March 7th.
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.
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.
William Smith lived at 15 Buckingham Street (WC2N 6DU) from 1804 to 1819. A plaque to commemorate Smith will be unveiled there on his birthday 23rd March, 2015 at 16:30 by Sir David Attenborough. The unveiling will also launch the Bicentenary of Smith’s iconic map of 1815. All are welcome to attend the unveiling and to apply for free tickets to the Launch reception that will follow at the Geological Society.
To celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago, HOGG is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015. Associated with the two-day conference is an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, a field excursion and a celebratory dinner.
This two-day conference features Keynote Lectures from Professor Hugh Torrens and Professor Simon Knell, as well as talks by other experts on William Smith’s maps, his careers and his contemporaries in England and Europe.
Participants will be shown original William Smith geological maps and sections, and his collection of fossils and rocks. This will be a private viewing in small groups of 20. The 80 places will be allocated in order of application. Details regarding access and time of your visit will be forwarded with other registration details.
Geology and Medicine: Exploring the Historical Links and the Development of Public Health and Forensic Medicine Celebrating the Tercentenary of Sir John Hill 2-4 November: Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison was one of the most important figures in 19th century geology and exploration. He was Director-General of the Geological Survey, President of the Royal Geographical Society and publicly known as the ‘King of Siluria’. In July 1831, on his first field season as a solo geologist, Murchison explored the Wye Valley. Retrospectively, over his diary entry for one of the locations we shall visit, he wrote “This was the first true Silurian”.
A weekend visit to the Selsey area will investigate Heron-Allen’s contributions to geological studies of the area. Lectures by leading experts on Heron-Allen and the local geology will be combined with short walks around Selsey and a fossil hunt on the beach at Bracklesham.
Past meeting: Comparing the Smith and Greenough maps – behind the scenes at the National Museum of Wales
This meeting will focus on some of the highlights of the collection such as De la Beche’s original watercolour of Duria Antiquior, and will include an opportunity to view several issues of Smith’s 1815 map side by side, and to compare them with Greenough’s map. Also on display will be the (much-faded) and recently rediscovered annotated Greenough map which hung in the Geological Society’s apartments until 1932.
The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) promotes ongoing research into the history of the Earth sciences. Each year it sponsors an international symposium with associated field activities.
Without the maps of the Ordnance Survey, geologists were greatly hampered. For this visit, a selection of maps from the archive will demonstrate the progress to accurate geological mapping in Britain and other European nations.
Geotourism’s burgeoning literature has tended to focus on descriptions and case studies of modern interpretative and promotional provision in protected areas and geoparks. The significant historical antecedents of modern geotourism in Britain and Europe are comparatively neglected in the literature.
This excursion will pay homage to the hydraulic engineering projects of Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy (1803-1858), the ‘Father of Hydrogeology’, in Dijon before investigating the inter-relationships between tectonics, topography, palaeogeography, soil science and oenology in one of the greatest wine-growing areas in the world.
On 18 December 2012, a History of Geology Group meeting at the Geological Society of London will mark the centenary of the Piltdown meeting with a series of talks about the forgery, preceded by a tour of the Natural History Museum’s Piltdown Centenary Exhibition.