James Hutton by John Kay, etching, 1787

Registration is now open

Aspects of the history of geology in Scotland and the North of England.

A joint meeting with the Edinburgh Geological Society

Date: 11-12 July 2019

Location: Deacon Suite, Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

Convener: Tom Sharpe tom.sharpe1@me.com

(Photo: Andrew McMillan)

Registration (now open) includes abstract booklet, refreshments and lunch at Surgeon’s Hall. Lunch is not provided on the field visit but the lunch stop will be in an area with plenty of refuelling options.


Thursday 11 July
Presentations and talks based at the historic Surgeon’s Hall in the centre of Edinburgh.
Programme of talks.

Friday 12 July
Optional Field Visits – but please register if interested in attending
A morning and afternoon stroll, each of two hours, around Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns to explore some important sites connected with the history of geology. All of the walking will be on pavement, with some steps and hills. The excursion will finish at 4pm.

The morning will examine the varied geology of the south side of the city (Old Town), its building stones and sites of interest to historians of geology, including Hutton’s grave and the site of his house. Led by Andrew McMillan (Edinburgh Geological Society).

In the afternoon we will wander over to New Town. This will include a visit to Calton Hill which provides the classic view towards Castle Rock and the Old Town. Led by Beverly Bergman (Edinburgh Geological Society)

Where possible, other places associated with Hutton and his Enlightenment contemporaries will be included (dependent on the state of pubic works and scheduled access).


Programme of talks