Collectors, Collections, and the Geology of South West Britain

Submitted by Matt Williams on

From Roman Baths to building stones, fossil finds to mineral mines, the geology and industrial history of South West Britain is full of interest. Amateur, professional and academic geologists and collectors alike played key roles in unravelling the fascinating geology and resources in this complex area. Many of their names and achievements are now forgotten.

A meeting about Collectors, Collections and the Geology of South West Britain, jointly organised by the History of Geology Group (HoGG) and the Geological Curators Group (GCG) on 18 – 19 September aims to set this omission right. Hosted by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) in their elegant premises in the centre of Bath, the meeting will include a day of talks and posters followed by a day of optional field trips, with plenty of activities to choose from.

On-line registration is now open.

Registration costs just £19 (£15 for members of HoGG, GCG, BRLSI and the Bath Geological Society)

To view the programme or to register visit:

Whether you're a professional, academic, or amateur geologist – or simply someone interested in the geological and industrial history of the South West – you're sure to find something of interest here.

Illustration shows the Map of Cornwall, Devon and W Somerset from the first Geological Survey Memoir, Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset by Henry de la Beche, published in 1839 (illustration courtesy of Nineteenth Century Geological Maps,

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