Lecture: Collectors, Collections and the Geology of South West Britain

Speaker: GCG/HoGG/BRLSI Joint Meeting 2018

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £5.00

Date and Time

09:00 -


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

Lecture Description

When it comes to geology and history, the southwest of England has a lot to offer. HoGG has teamed up with the Geological Curators Group (GCG) and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) to convene a two-day meeting to highlight the many and fascinating aspects of this interesting part of Britain.

The meeting will be held at the BRLSI site in the centre of Bath and is open to any and all who are interested in the geology, history of geology and personalities who have explored the geology of the SW of England both now and in the past. The meeting will take place on 18 – 19 September 2018, and will include one day of talks followed by a day of related field trips. Abstracts will be made available as pdf files for participants to print out in advance, and the proceedings may be published as a thematic issue of the GCG journal, The Geological Curator.

Discount for Bath Geological Society members: Click here to book your ticket.

Lecture Schedule:

09.00 Registration (poster set up, coffee available)

Keynote Speaker – Steve Etches of The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge:

A new museum – starting from scratch!


Chris Duffin, Earth Science Department, Natural History Museum, London:

Charles Moore and Late Triassic vertebrates.


Matt Williams, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution:

Charles Moore & Strawberry Bank, Ilminster, Somerset

11.10  Coffee break and poster viewing

Tom Cotterell, National Museum Wales:

Francis Basset, 1st Baron de Dunstanville and Basset, and his mineral collection


Maurice Tucker, Bath Geological Society and Earth Sciences Department, Bristol University:

The source of stone for Roman Bath. 


Owen Green and Tony Watts, Earth Sciences Department, Oxford University:

The Beacon Hill Silurian Volcano: An ancient analogue of a modern island arc?


Jan Freedman: Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery:

Plymouth’s lost Pleistocene sites.

13.00 Lunch break and poster viewing

Geoffrey Warrington, School of Geography, Geology & Environment, University of Leicester:

The Bristol Spore: The origin of Triassic palynology in Britain.


Simon Harris, British Geological Survey:

Lost and Found – the rediscovery of the Christian Malford Lagerstätte.


Roy Starkey, Independent researcher:

Shall I send them to you now?”– Richard Talling of Lostwithiel, the greatest Cornish mineral dealer of all time.


Mike Howe, British Geological Survey:

BGS and the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall Collections.

15.30 Coffee break and poster viewing

Karen Cook, Kansas University, US:

Reflections across the Pond: Cuvier and Brongniart’s Carte géognostique des environs de Paris (1811) and Conybeare and De la Beche’s Map of 24 miles round the city of Bath coloured geologically (1823).


Debbie Hutchinson, Bristol city Museums:

Mr Sanders' Map of Bristol.


Brian Rosen and Jill Darrell:

Stratigraphic solutions: fossil corals of William Smith and Arthur Vaughan from SW England.

17.00 Close of meeting and final information on fieldtrip options
17.15 End
all day Poster Presentations

David Hill and Natalie Watson, Alfred Gillett Trust:

The Alfred Gillett Fossil Collection of Marine Reptiles from the 19th Century Quarries of Street, Somerset.


Jan Freedman, Curator of Natural History, Plymouth Museums, Galleries, Archives:

The South West’s Greatest Mineral Collectors


Graham P Hickman. Bath Geological Society:

Geology and hydrology of the Limpley Stoke valley and Somerset Coal Canal.


Deborah Hutchinson, Bristol Museum:

J.W. Tutcher (1858-1951) — Geologist and pioneer of scientific photography.


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