Ghosts of the Museum

Ghosts of the Museum

The Upper Library of the Geological Society of London was transformed into its previous incarnation as the Society’s Museum, in order to provide the venue for ‘an elementary class on fossils’ given by Edward Charlesworth (1813-1883).

New explanation for Cambrian explosion?

New explanation for Cambrian explosion?

A new evaluation of geological history might help resolve the riddle of the ‘Cambrian explosion’, the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago.

Can you help the Archibald Geikie project?

Can you help the Archibald Geikie project?

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924) was an eminent Victorian geologist, having been President of both the Geological Society of London, and the Royal Society, the only geologist ever to have held both positions. He retired in 1901 and moved to Haslemere in 1913 where he...
Revisiting Ardnamurchan

Revisiting Ardnamurchan

  In 1930 James Richey and Herbert Thomas, working for the British Geological Survey, completed their mapping of Ardnamurchan, one of four extinct volcanoes on Scotland’s northwest coast that mark the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean 60 million years...
Two exhibitions of interest

Two exhibitions of interest

Two exhibitions of particular interest to historians of geology are on at the moment.   Fossils: the evolution of an idea can be seen at the Royal Society in London until Friday 8 November, 2013. It combines an exhibition of books and archives from the Royal...