Celebrate the South West – register your interest!

Update 13 August 2018 – registration is now open!

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 revealing the resources of this complex area. Many of their names and achievements are now forgotten.

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 (courtesy of Nineteenth Century Geological Maps,

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 followed by a day of optional field trips.

The event is open to all – and online registration is now open. Registration is just £19/£15 for members of HoGG, CGC, BRSLI and the Bath Geological Society.

To view the programme or to register, visit:

Self portrait of Henry de la Beche from his description of an unconformity at Portishead. (courtesy of Nineteenth Century Geological Maps,

To find out more about plans for the meeting contact:

Nina Morgan (HoGG)

Matthew Parkes (GCG)

Whether you’re a professional, academic, or amateur geologist – or simply someone with a story to tell about the geological or industrial history of the South West – you’re sure to find something of interest here.

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