• Local GAPs

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October 2018 news and update

1. Affiliated Groups.

Our offer of free affiliation has been accepted enthusiastically by several local groups including the Teme Valley Geological Society, the Black Country Geological Society and the U3A geology groups at Leominster, Bromsgrove and Monmouth, and several others are expected to follow shortly.  Specific activities with most of these groups are planned for the coming months. Check to see what your local group is doing.

 

2. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

Beth Andrews has just been appointed as our part-time project officer on this project over the coming year.  In the meantime Beth is finishing her activities on the Voyages in Deep Time project.  In coming months, we will be looking for volunteers to work on ecological and geological surveying of ponds and to assist with sediment coring, led by University of Birmingham and Herefordshire Archaeology.

 

3. Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The MHAONB is currently updating its management plan for 2019-2024 and you can view the draft plan and provide feedback at:

http://www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/managing-the-aonb/management-plan-review-2018/

Members of the Earth Heritage Trust, particularly John Payne, Dick Bryant and Moira Jenkins have provided input to the geological section of this plan and also the Trust has coordinated further feedback on the draft plan.  Over the last several years John has led volunteers clearing sites under a contract from the MHAONB to fulfil the objectives of their current plan and site clearance is envisaged in the new plan too.

 

4. Voyages in Deep Time Project

The deepTime project has been very busy this October publicising the project and apps at lots of events.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the events a success, I couldn’t have managed without you.  It’s not too late to help, there is lots of material to proof read, so if anyone has some spare time, please do let me know.

For the last month of the project we are focussing on making sure that everything we have produced works, and telling as many people about the project and apps as possible.  If you haven’t already had a demonstration and would like to try them, please do let me know.  I will do my best to arrange a demonstration.  If you fancy playing with the app in the comfort of your own home then we now have a “Getting Started Guide” that should help you get the most out of the app.  If you would like a copy then please do let me know.

Our deepTime GeoExplore app is almost finished and should be available to download in the next few weeks.  This is aimed at 6th form students as a mapping exercise and useful toolkit.  If you are interested in learning more about the app or trying it out, let me know and I can make sure you are informed when it comes out.

Please do get in touch with me on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk to get copies of the Getting Started Guide or ask questions, I will do my best to answer them.

Beth

 

5. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, what we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at: s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&WEHT office on 01905 855184.


6. Worcester Community Action (WCA) Training

Hi everyone, I’m delighted to say that I have recently secured some funding to run training courses again!! To start with I have organised the following:

a) Emergency First Aid

Thursday 8th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive, Worcester. 12 places are available on a ‘First come, First Served’ basis. Certificates provided.

b) Basic Food Hygiene

Thursday 15th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Green Centre, Gresham Road, Dines Green Worcester. There are 15 places available, again on a ‘First come First served’ basis. There is Accreditation for this course, if required, which will cost £15.

As before, light refreshments (tea / coffee / squash & biscuits) will be available but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

I will be looking to arrange more courses from this funding – if anyone has any ideas of courses they think would be useful, please let me know. So, please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas, problems, and concerns!!

For a booking form or for further information etc. please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Thank you, Sally Ellison.

 

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2018:

  • 21st November – “The Secret life of your Mobile Phone” – Dr. Andrew Bloodworth (BGS) (held over from last winter…….the geological makeup of a typical I-phone).
  • 12th December Christmas Social.

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

Monday 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

9. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

10. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to Allison Tinsley by email to:  eht@worc.ac.uk or post to the address below by 20th November 2018.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

Ice Age Exhibition Summer 2018

Ice Age exhibitions are being held in Worcester over the summer of 2018.  These are exhibitions celebrating over half a million years of the area’s prehistory, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago.

The H&W Earth Heritage Trust has worked with the Worcestershire Archaeology Service and Worcester City Museum on a project about the Ice Age in Worcestershire.  A substantial booklet about the deposits and archaeology is being printed and will be available to accompany two exhibitions which start at the weekend and run until late August. There is also a programme of events and lectures, the last of which will be given by Ian Fairchild of the Earth Heritage Trust at the Hive on 3rd September 2018.

The full programme is available at: https://iceageworcestershire.com and the exhibitions are as follows:

Ice Age @ Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

16th June 2018 to 8th September 2018

At the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT.

Open daily within Museum opening hours: 10:30 – 16:30

Download -  The Ice Age in Worcestershire

 

Origins of Us @ The Hive

16th June 2018 to 26th August 2018

At The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD.

Open daily 08:30 – 22:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2018 news and update

1. Affiliated Groups.

Following a consultation earlier in the year, EHT is now offering the status of affiliated group to a number of local organisations with interest in geology and landscape.  Our aim is to work more effectively with these organisations to fulfil our objectives.  We are not charging a membership fee, but expect to see the benefit in improved interest in volunteering to work with us in furthering knowledge and understanding of the two counties’ remarkable geodiversity.  A specific offer with a list of possible lectures and field trips that can be given by EHT folk in 2018-19 has been sent to our contact in each organisation.

2. Our best geological sites

We are currently preparing a grant application to include a revamp of our website and to feature our best locations for showcasing the geological history of the two counties.  We are looking to include up to 30 sites which between them cover the span of events and which are accessible through public rights of way, or are open access.  This could include sites that would reveal much more with some clearance of vegetation or debris. If you have suggestions, particularly for sites in less well-visited areas, please let Kate Andrew know at geologicalkandrew@gmail.com before the end of September.

3. Herefordshire Ice-Age Ponds Project.

The project was announced with some details in last month’s newsletter. The Heritage Lottery Fund has now given permission for the project to start and the Earth Heritage Trust is currently seeking (advertisement on the University of Worcester website) a part-time Project Officer to deliver the geological aspects of the project working in parallel with an ecologist based at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  An important part of this role will be assisting volunteers to make contributions, e.g. in monitoring and surveying pond sites.

4. Map Library and EHT archives.

Since our last newsletter, volunteers have made considerable progress in rationalising our paper documents held in the library.  Books that are not core to our work are going to be offered for sale in batches at the TVGS and Malvern U3A meetings by Hilary Harland over the next couple of years.  Various useful documents and archives surfaced during the work – “If only we had seen that during the Building Stones Project” was said more than once!  Work has also started on reorganising and safeguarding our electronic archives and developing an electronic archive of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire geological literature.

One benefit of this work is that we can now envisage using the library for workshops.  After Christmas we will be running such a day-course on the use of EHT archives for researching local geology. These include our reference set of 1:10000 geological maps, the geological literature on the two counties painstakingly catalogued by John Payne, and the use of various on-line archives including specialized ones available within the EHT environment.

5. Voyages in Deep Time Project.

We are in the last few months of the Voyages in deepTime project and are busy publicising it and bringing everything together.

Our new deepTime assistant Cat, has been developing a “Getting Started guide” to using the app and we are looking for volunteers who haven’t previously used the app and are not very familiar with touch screens or apps, to test it and let us know if it works.

Dates for your diary:

  • Tuesday 9th October. We are having a stand at the Malvern Festival of Innovation School Outreach event at the 3 Counties Showground. This is a chance to talk to students and teachers about the app and how they can use it.  If anyone is available to come and help demonstrate then please do get in touch.
  • Sunday 14th October. As part of the GA Earth Science Week we are working with the Lickey Hills Champions to run an event for the Lickey Explorer Group and we will be visiting Warren Lane quarry and getting everyone involved in some hands-on geology.
  • Wednesday 17th October. We are working with Aston Fields Y7 pupils to use the Lickey Ridge Explorer app.  This will involve 150 pupils over the day (in groups of 25) and we would be hugely grateful if anyone is free to come along and provide support/ shepherding/ enthusiasm.  This is the first Y7 geography field trip the school have offered, and I would love it to be a fun day out and a good introduction to geology.
  • Saturday 20th October. We are having a stand and giving a little talk about the Voyages in deepTime project at the GA, Geology of Mordor conference at Birmingham University.
  • Saturday 3rd November. We would like to have a stand at the GA conference in London but neither Beth nor Julie is free.  Would anyone like to have a stand for us?  It is a busy event so it would need 2 people.  If you are interested then please let us know by the end of September and we can book a stall.

If you are able to help at any of these events or test out our new guide then please get in touch with Beth on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk.  For the Aston Fields event you don’t need any experience using the app, just lots of enthusiasm for geology, to help the pupils have a fun day out.

6. Lickey Geo-Champions

Ongoing geoconservation work in the quarries of the Lickey Hills continues to unearth evidence of the region’s enigmatic geological history.

At the south east end of Barnt Green Road Quarry, the large-scale recumbent fold in the Lickey Quarzite is cut by a normal fault.  Excavation of quarry spoil has revealed that the fault plane steps across quite dramatically, producing an unusual juxtaposition of bedding structures in the hanging wall and foot wall blocks.  Although Moseley sketched the fault, the step-over went unrecorded.   It is also clear that he did not recognise the fact that this quarry face exposes the point at which the fault cuts the hinge of the fold.  Unfortunately, this part of the quarry suffers frequent rock falls, and requires repeated removal of debris to keep these features visible.

Behind the site of the munitions store in the Warren Lane Quarry, the monotony of the Lickey Quartzite is interrupted by an apparently conformable layer of reddened sandstone.  It differs from the quartzite in two important ways: it contains well-rounded vein quartz pebbles, and its constituent grains lack the sutured boundaries seen in the quartzite.  Clearly it does not share the same burial history, and must be younger.  The same feature can be projected across the munitions store to a face where it can be seen tapering downwards and closing.  The overlying rock is Lickey Quartzite, of which angular fragments can be found within the pebbly sandstone.  The evidence all points towards this being a neptunian dyke.

At the Rubery Cutting, the unconformity between the Ordovician Lickey Quartzite and the Silurian Rubery Sandstone is exposed.  Recent work here (including the removal of a tree stump) allowed much improved access to a very obvious neptunian dyke which cuts both units.  Predictably, the material in the dyke includes angular fragments of the grey quartzite.  More significantly, it also contains fragments of the reddish Rubery Sandstone: this provides evidence of the latter having been lithified before the fissure opened.

It seems likely that the feature in the Warren Lane Quarry is comparable to the Rubery Cutting neptunian dyke.  It may be possible to attempt a lithological correlation using thin sections.

Alan Richardson 06.09.18

7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

2018:

  • 17th October – AGM
  • 21st November – “The Secret life of your Mobile Phone” – Dr. Andrew Bloodworth (BGS) (held over from last winter…….the geological makeup of a typical I-phone).
  • 12th December Christmas Social.

2019:

  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

8. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at:

s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&WEHT office on 01905 855184.

9. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

10. Lapworth Museum and GA Annual Conference 19-21 October 2018

The Geologists’ Association Annual Conference 2018 is being held from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

‘The Geology of Mordor’ – Exploring the incredible geology and mineral wealth of the Black Country that powered the ‘workshop of the world’ and inspired iconic art and literature.

Provisional Programme:

Friday 19th October

Pre Conference – Arrivals
Tours of the recently redeveloped Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham & an Evening informal get together with the conference team, at a convenient Birmingham Pub

Saturday 20th October:

In the Noble Room, Staff House, University of Birmingham
Lectures & Topics/speakers to date:Speaker (tbc): People and rocks in the landscape of ‘Mordor’.

  • Graham Worton (Dudley Museum): The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Dr Lil Stevens (Natural History Museum): Carboniferous flora of the Black Country.
  • Colin Knipe (formally Johnson Poole & Bloomer): Mining and industry in the Black Country.
  • Ben Evans (National Museum of Wales): Conserving Geoheritage in a coalfield – urban area.
  • Dr Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham English Literature): The influence of the Black Country’s geological and industrial heritage on literature & art.
  • Professor Paul Smith (Oxford Museum of Natural History): Exceptional fossils, geology and geoheritage inspiring current research.

Conference Dinner: At the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Sunday 21st October

Range of excursions to include:

  • The limestone geology and fossils of the Black Country (Wren’s nest National Nature Reserve), including a canal trip into the limestone caverns
  • The Coal Measures geology of the Black Country Coalfield
  • The Building Stones Tour of Birmingham City CentreFor further information and to purchase your registration:
    Visit:
    www.geologistsassociation.org.uk or email: conference@geologistsassociation.org.uk

Venue: University of Birmingham, The Lapworth Museum of Geology & Dudley Museum

Please come and visit the H&W EHT and Voyages in Deep Time stand at the GA conference where we will have informative displays; trail guides, merchandise and geological and OS maps for sale.

11. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

Monday 15th October 2018

Dr Sarah Greene, University of Birmingham–How did climate change contribute to the end-Triassic mass extinction? I’ve got a brand new record of ocean temperature and the first record of ocean pH, both from well-known UK localities.

Monday 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

12. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 28th September 2018

Carboniferous in the surrounding areas with Dr Bernard Besly.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

 

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 19th October 2018.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

August 2018 news and update

1. OUGS Meeting.

There was a strong participation by folk associated with the Trust at the Open University Geological Society’s annual meeting that was held 10-12th August at the University of Worcester, including lectures, demonstrations and the leading of field trips in Worcester, to Martley, Abberley and Lickey.  We also had a successful sale of merchandise and surplus geological maps. Thanks to all.

 

2. Voyages in Deep Time Project.

Two part-time assistants have been recruited to assist Beth Andrews with outreach activity in the next two months of the project.  Matthew Webb is helping with some events and has already worked with Beth on preparation of new display materials that were used at the OUGS meeting. Catherine Laidlaw will be writing step-by-step guides to using the apps.  The specific field locations for which ‘voyages’ are being created during the project are the Olchon Valley, The Doward (Wye valley), Martley area and the Lickey Hills.  Some short voyages are also being created for the most popular part of the Malvern ridge, Wren’s Nest, and the Bredon Hill area, which should prove popular with tourist visitors.

 

3. Cotteridge Park project.

A public “Christmas” lecture is being planned for December to Birmingham’s Open Spaces Forum, a network organization of 130 groups in the city, including the Friends of the Cotteridge Park.  We will present some of our geological results on the glacial erratics in public spaces in Birmingham (and North Worcs) along with aspects of the social history surrounding the great interest in these around a century ago.  Watch this space for more details.

 

4. Lost Landscapes and the Ice Age in Worcestershire.

A reminder that the exhibitions at Worcester City Museum and the Hive continue until 8th September.  The exhibition website is at: https://iceageworcestershire.com/

Our booklet on the Ice Age in Worcestershire, jointly produced by Worcester’s Archive and Archaeology Service is available at the exhibition sites for £2.50.   Several lectures are being arranged in association with the exhibitions, although two are being rearranged because of illness.   A lecture by Jonathan Larwood on William Smith’s Map is being held on Thursday 23rd August at 7 p.m. and EHT’s Ian Fairchild is giving a lecture on “From the Ice Age to the Anthropocene” on Monday 3rd September, also at 7 p.m.

To book a place, go to http://www.thehiveworcester.org/events.html

 

5. Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds.

The Heritage Lottery Fund have agreed to fund the development stage of this project which is a partnership between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team and H&W Earth Heritage Trust.  It concerns the identification, monitoring and conservation of some of the many ponds in western Herefordshire located within the hummocky moraines formed by advance of ice around 25,000 years ago.  We believe that many ponds have been in existence since that time. The development phase will run from September 2018 for a year and we will be bidding for an 18-month delivery phase in the period 2020-2021.  There will be plenty of opportunities for Friends and volunteers to get involved in fieldwork over the winter and spring.  Also, if there is anyone out there interested in the use of Geographic Information Systems for mapping, there is a chance to get involved in this work which will be starting right at the beginning of the project.  We’ll give more details of the project in future bulletins.

 

6. Map library and EHT archives.

Small groups will be working on rationalizing our maps, books and paper archives with a special effort in the latter half of this month.  We have made £120 by sale of maps so far. Anyone who has a spare day and would like to help please contact us.

The H&W EHT and Voyages in Deep Time will be attending the GA conference (see point 8 below) with stands and displays, selling trail guides, merchandise and geological and OS maps. If you are able to volunteer to help out on the stand at any time over the weekend of the 19th – 21st October 2018 please let us know.

 

7. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

 

8. Lapworth Museum and GA Annual Conference 19-21 October 2018

The Geologists’ Association Annual Conference 2018 is being held from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

‘The Geology of Mordor’ – Exploring the incredible geology and mineral wealth of the Black Country that powered the ‘workshop of the world’ and inspired iconic art and literature.

 

Provisional Programme:

Friday 19th October

Pre Conference – Arrivals
Tours of the recently redeveloped Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham & an Evening informal get together with the conference team, at a convenient Birmingham Pub

Saturday 20th October:

In the Noble Room, Staff House, University of Birmingham
Lectures & Topics/speakers to date:

  • Speaker (tbc): People and rocks in the landscape of ‘Mordor’.
  • Graham Worton (Dudley Museum): The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Dr Lil Stevens (Natural History Museum): Carboniferous flora of the Black Country.
  • Colin Knipe (formally Johnson Poole & Bloomer): Mining and industry in the Black Country.
  • Ben Evans (National Museum of Wales): Conserving Geoheritage in a coalfield – urban area.
  • Dr Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham English Literature): The influence of the Black Country’s geological and industrial heritage on literature & art.
  • Professor Paul Smith (Oxford Museum of Natural History): Exceptional fossils, geology and geoheritage inspiring current research.

Conference Dinner: At the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Sunday 21st October

Range of excursions to include:

  • The limestone geology and fossils of the Black Country (Wren’s nest National Nature Reserve), including a canal trip into the limestone caverns
  • The Coal Measures geology of the Black Country Coalfield
  • The Building Stones Tour of Birmingham City CentreFor further information and to purchase your registration:
    Visit:
    www.geologistsassociation.org.uk or email: conference@geologistsassociation.org.uk

Venue: University of Birmingham, The Lapworth Museum of Geology & Dudley Museum

Please come and visit the H&W EHT and Voyages in Deep Time stand at the GA conference where we will have informative displays; trail guides, merchandise and geological and OS maps for sale.

 

9. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

Monday 17th September 2018

Members evening.

Monday 15th October 2018

Dr Sarah Greene, University of Birmingham–How did climate change contribute to the end-Triassic mass extinction? I’ve got a brand new record of ocean temperature and the first record of ocean pH, both from well-known UK localities.

Monday 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

10. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 28th September 2018

Carboniferous in the surrounding areas with Dr Bernard Besly.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

 

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 18th September 2018.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

Events August 2017

BBC Country File Live

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August 2017

Come and joins us in the Wild Life Zone at BBC Country File Live on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017.  Set in 100 acres of Blenheim Palace’s beautiful parkland, the show brings together the best of the British countryside from live arena shows, animal displays and farming in action to outdoor activities and sports,  fine foods and country clothing.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 18th August 2017

Enjoy an afternoon of  family fun from 1.30-3.30 pm at Ledbury Deer Park and take part in the activities on the Earth Heritage Trust stand including the Dinosaur Detective Trail.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 25th  August 2017

An afternoon’s family fun from 1.30 -4.00 pm,  including the Earth Heritage Trust Dinosaur Detective Trail at The Oasis Academy in Warndon, Worcester.

Events July 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017

Malvern Science in the Park, Priory Park, Great Malvern from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Join us for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology. The event is free to attend with activities for all the family. The EHT stand and Dinosaur Detective Trail activities will be there. Any volunteers are very welcome. For further information please visit: www.innovatemalvern.com/science-in-park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017: Rocks & Landscape of Eastern Herefordshire

A geology and landscape walk, including a look at the building stones of the prominent buildings along the way. From Colwall, we will follow the approximate path of the Geopark Way Trail and end the walk at Ledbury Station. The walk will be taken at a moderate pace to allow ample opportunity to view and discuss the landscape features. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.walkingfestival.com and click on the Programme and Walk 42.

GeoFest 2017

This years GeoFest runs from 27th May to 3rd September 2017 and includes guided walks, children’s activities, tours, exhibitions and much more. You can download the leaflet here – GeoFest 2017 leaflet and start planning some exciting days and evenings out. For further information go to: http://geopark.org.uk/

Events May 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017: The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk. Croft Castle.

Croft Castle Champions Group. Explore the beautiful Fishpool Valley, with its two quarries, and walk to the summit of Croft Ambrey, a notable Iron Age Hill Fort. See and handle the Aymestry Limestone, enjoy breathtaking views and learn all about the geological features and significance of the landscape. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland/whats-on and click on ‘The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk’.

 

Events April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017: Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic, The Three Counties Showground.

Earth Heritage Trust will be collaborating with Gloucestershire Geology Trust to run a Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic. For further information, please visit http://www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic/

 

Sunday 30th April 2017: Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day.

Earth Heritage Trust will again have a stand at this year’s Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day. For further information, please visit www.tiddesley.org.uk

 

Events March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017: The Hive’s Science Night 2017, The Hive. Worcester.

British Science Week. 16:30 to 19:30. Earth Heritage Trust will have an information stand at The Hive’s Science Night. We will also be running geology-related children’s activities.