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Events November 2016

Friday 18 November 2016: Building Stones Colloquium: The Abbot’s Kitchen, Worcester

Building Stones Event. 10:00 to 16:00. Join the A Thousand Years of Building with Stone project team for this celebratory event recognizing the many aspects of this 4 year project. The project has involved looking at stone buildings in 18 cluster areas across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and discovering the quarries that supplied the stone. The team will show attendees how to use the practical online maps and other stone-related resources. For further information and bookings, please visit www.buildingstones.org.uk/events

Events October 2016

Sunday 16 October 2016: Lickey Rocks – An Earth Sciences Week Activity Day

Champions Event. 10:30 to 15:30. Lickey Rocks Activity Day will celebrate the geology and landscape of the Lickey Hills as part of the Earth Science Week theme Geology in Action. There will be geologically themed family activities and a guided walk. Organised by the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions in conjunction with the Lickey Hills Rangers. For further information and bookings, please visit www.ehtchampions.org.uk/ch/calendar/

Events September 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016: The Talking Stones of Kington Guided Walk

Building Stones Event. A guided walk illustrating the fascinating stories and history of Kington through its building’s stones. Among other things you will search for medieval masons masks, dig for fossils and learn to recognize both local and imported building stones. For more information, please visit www.buildingstones.org.uk/events

Events August 2016

Saturday 14 August 2016: Worcester Show

Building Stones Event. Join the Building Stones Team at their stand at The Worcester Show. There will be children’s activities and building stones displays. For more information, please visit www.buildingstones.org.uk/events

 

August 2016

Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s Geofest 2016 will be running throughout June, July and August. For further details, please visit www.geopark.org.uk

Events July 2016

Saturday 2 July – Sunday 3 July 2016: Bromyard Gala

Building Stones Event. Visit our stand at The Bromyard Gala to see building stones displays, take part in children’s activities and talk to members of the team. For more information, please visit www.buildingstones.org.uk/events

 

July 2016

Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s GeoFest 2016 will be running throughout June, July and August. For further details, please visit www.geopark.org.uk

Events June 2016

Sunday 26 June 2016: Stories and Stones: Crime and Punishment Walk - Building Stones Event

A guided walk in Leominster. For further details, please visit www.buildingstones.org.uk/events

 

Saturday 4 June 2016: Geology and Landscape Walk

EHT will be leading a Geology and Landscape Walk for the Malvern Walking Festival. It will be in the Alfrick, Crews Hill and Knapp and Paper Mill area. For further details and booking, please see www.malvernwalking.uk

 

June 2016

Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s GeoFest 2016 will be running throughout June, July and August. For further details, please visit www.geopark.org.uk

Events May 2016

Monday 30 May 2016: Let’s Rock! Activity Day

Building Stones event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make your own pop-up castle, ask an expert and meet Vernon the Velociraptor. For more details, please see www.buildingstones.org.uk/events/

 

Sunday 1 May 2016: Tiddesley Wood Open Day

EHT will be an exhibitor at The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day. We will have our Geology and Landscape Guides for sale, and will be running a ‘Dinosaur Detectives’ activity for children.

Events Diary Summer 2015

Malvern Walking Festival 2009

We have an action packed programme of walks talks and shows lined up for the summer details of which are below.

Unless otherwise stated there is no need to book for any of these events. For more information, please contact the Earth Heritage Trust office by telephone: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk.

You can also download a list of these events as a pdf file here.

 

 

Thursday 18 June: Guided Walk – ‘Building Stones of Bromyard’

Meet Beth Andrews in front of Bromyard Library/Leisure Centre for a 2 mile walk around Bromyard town centre looking at stone buildings and sharing stories of the sourcing and extraction of stone from information gathered during the Thousand Years of Building with Stone project.

Suitable for families and adults, this event is part of Herefordshire Walking Festival and spaces are limited. Please book through http://www.walkingfestival.com/

Fee: £5 for adults, free for children.

Start: 10.30am Finish: 1.00pm

 

• Saturday 4/Sunday 5 July: Bromyard Gala – Building Stones stand
Bromyard Gala showground, The Burgess Farm, Avenbury HR7 4JY (just outside Bromyard).

As part of this fabulous countryside show, we will have family friendly activities and a drystone walling demonstration alongside our display about the Thousand Years of Building with Stone project.

See http://www.bromyardgala.org.uk for admission charges to the showground.

Start: 9.00am Finish: all day event

 

• Sunday 12 July: Lickey Hills Geo-Champions at Kings Norton Canal Festival

Event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Worcester-Birmingham Canal. Visit the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions
stand to see geological displays and take part in children’s activities such as badge and mask making.

Start: 10:00am Finish: 4:00pm

 

• Sunday 12 July: Guided Walk

Dick Bryant of EHT will lead a ‘Walk around the Ice Age in Colwall’, visiting the lower-lying parts of the parish. This walk will look at some of the changes to the landscape wrought by arctic climatic conditions, and by the reversal of the drainage in the valley half a million years ago. Meet on Colwall Green outside the primary school. Free but a small donation to the Earth Heritage Trust very welcome.

Start: 10.00am Estimated finish: 12.30pm

 

• Saturday 1 August: Minerals demonstration

Meet EHT’s Margaret Rodway for an informal chat about minerals and the rocks to be found in and around the Malverns at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre. Margaret will have examples for you to examine, and please bring your own for identification.
Start: 2.00pm (tbc)

 

• 15 August 2015: Talk/Workshop – “From Trilobites to Mammoth”

EHT Champion Mark O’Dell will give a talk at The Malvern Hills GeoCentre, about local fossils typically found in the Malverns and Cotswolds. This is a chance to see first-hand some examples from Mark’s extensive collection and to bring your own examples for identification or discussion.
Start: 2.00pm

 

• Sunday 16 August: Worcester Show – Building Stones stand
The Worcester Show at Gheluvelt Riverside Park

A fantastic free day out for all the family. Visit our display and children’s activity showcasing the work of the Thousand Years of Building with Stone project undertaken by EHT.

Start: 10.00am

 

• Friday 11 September: Guided Walk ‘Building Stones of Bromsgrove’
Jubilee Bandstand, Sanders Park, Bromsgrove

As part of the Heritage Open Day scheme, a member of the Thousand Years of Building with Stones team will lead a walk exploring the stone buildings of Bromsgrove, learning about how the stones were formed and hearing stories about extracting and using the stone.

Free but booking essential as numbers are limited. Please contact eht@worc.ac.uk or 01905 855132.

Start: 10:30am Finish: 1.30pm

 

• Saturday 12 September: Kington Show – Building Stones stand
Agricultural show at The Ovals Farm, Kington HR5 3LN.

As part of this traditional countryside show, we will have family friendly activities and a drystone walling demonstration alongside our display about the Thousand Years of Building with Stone project. Free parking – visit http://www.kingtonshow.co.uk/ for admission charges to the showground.

Start: 9.00 am Finish: 6.00pm

 

• Thursday 17 September: Guided Walk ‘Secrets of the Stones’

As part of Kington Walking Festival, Elliot Carter of EHT will lead a walk around Kington town centre and you can discover the stories that the building stones tell. From tropical oceans to quarrymen and architects every stone has a secret history. The 3 mile walk will be on pavements and footpaths around the town.
Suitable for all, please book a place through http://kingtonwalks.org – adults are charged £5. The meeting place is Place de Marines, Kington.

Start: 10.30am Finish: 1.30pm

 

• Friday 25 September: Guided Walk ‘The Building Stones of Ross’

Meet at the Market House, Ross-on-Wye for a gentle 2 mile walk around Ross town centre to look at the different stones used in the
construction of the buildings, learning a little about how the stones were formed and stories about extracting and using the stone. Led by a member of the EHT Building Stones team.

Book your place at http://rosswalkingfestival.co.uk/ – adults are charged £4.

Start: 2.00pm Finish: 4.30pm

Talk – China’s Cambrian Lagerstatte – November 17th

On November 17th the Teme Valley Geological Society will be hosting Professor David Siveter, Emeritus Professor of Palaeontology at the University of Leicester, who last year spoke so memorably on the Silurian micro fossils of the Herefordshire Lagerstatte.

This time his topic is the Chinese Cambrian Lagerstatte from Chengjiang. This site presents an exceptional record of the rapid diversification of life on Earth during the early Cambrian period, 530 million years before present. In this geologically short interval almost all major groups of animals had their origins. The property is a globally outstanding example of a major stage in the history of life, representing a palaeobiological window of great significance.

The meeting in Martley Memorial Hall, commences at 7.30pm, but it is to be preceded by TVGS Annual General Meeting to which members only are invited.

Please come along and bring even your slightly interested colleagues–it will be good!

For details of further TVGS events and talks visit their Events Page.

What’s on this summer – Geofest 2014

GeoFest is back and it’s better than ever! Guided Walks, Tours, Children’s activities, Field Trips, Workshops, Exhibitions and much more! Highlighting and celebrating the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark

 

We have an exciting summer ahead of us, GeoFest returns again and GeoFest 2014 looks set to rival the great success of GeoFest 2013.  As you will see from the programme there are lots of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

 

The programme can be viewed here or alternatively, paper copies will be available from the EHT offices and at various locations across the two counties.

Building Stones Spring Training Workshops

 

The Building Stones team are very excited to announce our Spring 2014 Programme of training and workshops for our volunteers.

All events are free for volunteers on the Building Stones project but booking is essential. To book please email building.stones@worc.ac.uk or phone: 01905 542014.

If you would like to volunteer on the project you can sign up here or contact us at the above email or phone number.

 

Spring 2014 Training Workshops

Friday May 9th, 10.00-1.00pm

Describing Building Stones

Join Kate Andrew for a practical session looking at Building Stones in Ledbury.  This short session will involve looking at the different building stones to be found in Ledbury and using them as examples to fill in our new Building Stone Recording Forms.

Where: Burgage Hall, Ledbury.

 

Friday 16th May, 2.00-4.00pm

Tool Marks on Building Stones

Meet Chris Guy, Worcester Cathedral Archaeologist, for a fascinating look at the different styles of tool marks on building stones found around Worcester Cathedral and what these marks can tell us about dating worked stone.

Where: Worcester Cathedral.

 

Wednesday 21st May 1:00-5:30pm

Reading the Landscape

Join Archaeologist, Rob Hedge and discover the secrets of the landscape, spot the tell-tale marks of quarrying and learn how to identify the remains of them within the landscape.

Where: Hartlebury Common.

 

Thursday 5th June, 1.30-4.30pm

Building with Stone in Worcester

James Dinn, Archaeological Officer with Worcester City Council, will guide you through the history of building within Worcester, and sources available for study, followed by a visit to some of the city centre buildings as well.

Where: Worcester Guildhall.

 

Tuesday 10th June 10.00-1.00pm &

2.00-4.00pm

Using the Building Recording Forms

If you would like a hand using our new “In the Field” recording forms or using our spreadsheet then come along to our drop in session on filling in the forms.  Elliot and Beth will be on hand to go through the sheets using samples and examples and will offer any support we can.  No booking needed, just pop in for a chat.

Where: Geological Records Centre, Woodbury Building, University of Worcester.

 

Wednesday 18th June, 1.30-4.30pm

Resources for historic building research – Worcester City Historic Environment Record

Using case studies of buildings in Worcester, Sheena Payne-Lunn the Historic Environment Record (HER) Officer at Worcester City Council will demonstrate how the HER can be used to research the history of buildings.

Where: Worcester Guildhall.

Magnificent Minerals and Fossil Fun for families at Worcester City Museum!

Earth Heritage Trust and Museums Worcestershire are working together with Eek Batik this half term to deliver a four-day Rock & Fossil Roadshow of family fun for the BIG DRAW at Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery.

Thanks to funding from ‘Grants for the Arts’ and ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’, families can enjoy four days of free drop-in activities from Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November.  The sessions will run from 11am to 4pm each day.

Minerals make brilliant building stones! Come along and find out what makes a good stone for building, marvel at the magical colours of minerals under a special microscope and find out how you can tell all this from a very thin slice of rock. Touch rocks, minerals and fossils to discover how they were made. Make a fossil reincarnation, an imprint in clay or dig up a treasure to take home.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, work in charcoal to draw fossils from the museum collection, create an erupting volcano and make a badge to take home.

On Thursday and Friday– help Eek Batik create a giant geology banner by painting in wax and dye. Make a small batik to take home or turn it into a unique badge and draw the minerals that make rocks!

Come on down, it will be lots of fun for all the family!

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

www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

www.lostquarries.wordpress.com

Sponsored Walk is a Great Success

On 20th October 10 teams walked various sections of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way, distances varied from 5.5 miles to 12 miles. Between all the teams on the day, we walked 74.2 miles! The weather was anticipated to be wet and wild however we were lucky to have some sunshine in the morning and only occasional heavy rain showers in the afternoon(interspersed with rainbows – see photo left).

This was in order to raise money to support the post of a Geopark Manager.  We were aiming to raise £2,000 and we are well on our way to reaching this target.  If you want to donate any money, please email Nina on eht@worc.ac.uk

The Geopark and the Earth Heritage Trust would like to thank all those who undertook the walks and all those who have sponsored the walkers.  Both organisations would not be here were it not for the dedication of their volunteers.

 

A Hive of Information

We still have a few places on our A Hive of Information course this Thursday (10th October). This is a wonderful opportunity to have an experienced member of the archive staff show you round and show you the ropes of archival research at the Hive. Book online, by email or by phone on 01905 542014. The course will run 2:00-5:00 pm with tea and cake provided.The Hive, Worcester

Building Stones Autumn Training Courses

Martley Rock field trip, Aug 2010

The Building Stones team are very excited to announce our Autumn Programme of training and workshops for our volunteers.

All events are free for volunteers on the Building Stones project but booking is essential. To book use the form below or alternatively, email: building.stones@worc.ac.uk or phone: 01905 542014.

If you would like to volunteer on the project you can sign up here or contact us at the above email or phone number.

Update: due to unforseen circumstances the date of the Intergenerational Learning course has had to be moved to Tuesday October 15th.

Course Details

Thursday September 26th, 2.00-5.00pm
Tour of Worcester Archive & The Hive
Come along and discover all of the wonderful resources available at The Hive. This session includes “behind the scenes” tour of the archives and will get you buzzing about the opportunities for research that will help bring together our wonderful buildings, the quarries they came from and the people who made them.
Where: At the Hive, Worcester

Thursday 10th October, 2.00-5.00pm
A Hive of Information
This afternoon session based at The Hive in Worcester will give you all the information you need to get started on your journey of discovery into our stone built heritage.
Where: The Hive, Worcester

Tuesday 15th October, 10.00-1.00pm
Intergenerational Learning
This half-day session is aimed at people who want to learn more about how we run outreach events and how to engage with the public, with particular emphasis on the rock and fossil roadshow activities we will be running during October half-term.
Where: Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery

Wednesday 16th October, 10.00-13.00pm
The Sensational Census
As well as tracing our relatives the census can tell us so much more about people. It can give us information on employment, the growth of villages and towns and hopefully tell us the history of a building through its many residents.
Where: Goodrich Village Hall

Wednesday 23rd October, 10.00-13.00pm
Where do I find it?
If you don’t know where to start with your building or quarry research then this session is for you. Come along and discover the joys of maps, or the unearth the lost secrets in minute books or the scandals in local newspapers and how this can help you discover the history of the buildings around us.
Where: Burgage Hall, Ledbury

Saturday 26th October, 10.00-4.00pm
Introduction to Geology and Building Stones – Worcestershire
This whistle-stop session is going to give you the basics, to help you understand the 700million years of geological history that has shaped Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Designed for beginners to help them get to grips with the wonderful rocks that built our towns and villages.
Where: Bredon Norton Village Hall

Sunday 10th November, 10-4pm
Beginners Guide to fossils – Fossil Casting
This practical workshop is a chance to meet some of the fossils found around Herefordshire and Worcestershire, help you identify them when out and about and understand what life was like in the past. Weather permitting we will also try out some fossicking within Whitmans Hill quarry, for treasures to take home. There will also be a mass fossil casting session to replenish our fossil supplies after a busy summer of events.
Where: Storridge Village Hall

Thursday 14th November, 10-4pm
Introduction to Geology and Building Stones – Herefordshire
This whistle-stop session is going to give you the basics, to help you understand the 700million years of geological history that has shaped Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Designed for beginners to help them get to grips with the wonderful rocks that built our towns and villages.
Where: Forbury Chapel, Leominster

Friday 22nd November, 12.30-17.00pm
A Beginners guide to Building Recording
Muddled by Mullions? Can’t tell your Ashlar from you attic? Then this half day practical session looking at historic buildings is for you. This beginners guide to Building Recording is Designed to give you an introduction to building styles and terminology with a hands on session on recording the beautiful Pershore Abbey.

All events are free but booking is essential. Book using the form above or alternatively email: building.stones@worc.ac.uk or phone: 01905 542014

Introduction to A Thousand Years of Building with Stone

Why not come along to our introductory session and meet the Building Stones Team, discover what the project is about and how you can get involved?

When: Wednesday 12th June

Where: Meeting Room 3, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester

Time: 10:00am – 12noon. Coffee and cake will be provided

Spaces are limited so booking is essential: Call 01905 542014 or email building.stones@worc.ac.uk

GeoFest 2013 – What’s on!

GeoFest is back and it’s better than ever! Guided Walks, Tours, Children’s activities, Field Trips, Workshops, Exhibitions and much more! Highlighting and celebrating the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark

We have an exciting summer ahead of us, GeoFest returns again and GeoFest 2013 looks set to rival the great success of GeoFest 2012.  As you will see from the programme there are lots of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Hard copies are available from the EHT offices and can also be found at various locations across the two counties. Alternatively you can download a pdf of the programme of events here.

Textile Workshops at Bewdley Museum

Saturday 17th August – ‘Experimenting with Textile Art Techniques – an Introduction’

Explore a range of exciting techniques to produce individual pieces inspired by the
landscape, scenery, rocks and fossils found in the Geopark.

Times: 10.15am – 3pm Venue: Bewdley Museum, DY12 2AE Cost: £25.00

Monday 19th August – ‘Textile Art Techniques – Moving On’

How to create, from textile art samples, useful objects such as book covers, decorative
bags, covered boxes, framed art prints and many other possibilities! Can be linked to
the workshop on the 17th August, or be independent of.

Times: 10.15am – 3pm Venue: Bewdley Museum, DY12 2AE Cost: £25.00

To book a place on either workshop contact Bewdley Museum on 0845 6035699

 

Past Events

Wye Valley geology and landscape walks

The Trust lead two walks around the beautiful Wye Valley as part of the Wye Valley Partnership Project supported by Defra and Natural England.

Hampton Bishop Loop Walk

Saturday 9th March.

Grid Reference SO5506 3809

The walk took us around the flat land between the River Lugg and the River Wye, around the villages of Hampton Bishop and Mordiford. We discovered how geology has shaped the landscape, the effect of the Ice Age on the area, modern day flood defences and also how the rivers are eroding the land today. We also saw the wide valley cut when the River Teme joined the Lugg before the Ice Age.

The walk is was 5 miles and will finished around 3.30pm. Lunch was at the Bunch of Carrots.

 

Wye Gorge Walk

Saturday 16th March 2013

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The walk explored how geology has shaped the landscape of the Wye Gorge in the Biblins and King Arthur’s Cave areas.  We discovered how the River Wye has cut a spectacular gorge, with cliffs of limestone formed when the area was covered by warm tropical seas, and crags of red sandstone and conglomerate formed in ancient deserts. We saw caves cut into the rock when river levels were hundreds of metres higher than present day.

About the Project

The Wye Valley Partnership has been re-invigorated from an unsuccessful Nature Improvement Area (NIA) bid, situated on the lower catchment of the River Wye in an approximate triangle between Monmouth, Hereford and Hay-on-Wye. The partnership project boundary will mirror the original NIA boundary.

The project aims to protect, maintain, enhance and restore biodiversity and geodiversity of the Wye Valley, by creating a high quality ecologically functioning landscape that will help wildlife, land managers and our communities to adapt to climate change while balancing the needs of sustainable food production with the needs of the natural and built environment.

 

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Bewdley’s Stone Heritage – an exhibition at Bewdley Museum

A joint venture between the Earth Heritage Trust and Bewdley Museum featured the fascinating story of the building stones of Bewdley. The exhibition ran from 30th June to 12th August.

Geology has had a significant impact on civilisation. Rock provided the caves to shelter early man, the stone for masons to build our great cathedrals and the building material for a vast range of structures.

In and around Bewdley the use of local sandstone is ubiquitous. Sometimes red, sometimes grey, brown or even green, these rocks have been quarried nearby and at places along the River Severn. The river played a pivotal role in the development of quarries and transport of stone. The sandstones have been complemented by the import of limestones and other rock types.

The Guildhall entrance, St Anne’s church, the old gaol, the river bridge, the quayside, the railway viaduct, Wribbenhall and Ribbesford churches as well as the cottages, memorials, pavements and walls of the town – all provide a wonderful outdoor museum to explore.

During the exhibition Derek Martin of DJM Stonemasonry Ltd was present at the Museum to discuss his work and gave a demonstration of his skills. Also Dr Peter Oliver conducted a two hour guided walk looking at some of the stones featured in the exhibition and John Stocks ran a photographic workshop to discuss techniques involved in photographing geological features.



 

Geopark President launches Geofest 2012

Chris Darmon the President of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark launched GeoFest 2012 at Martley on Sunday 3rd June.

For the third successive year three months of events and activities are underway. From 2nd June to the end of August the Geopark Partners will be promoting the Geopark with a programme containing something for everyone. The annual GeoFest programme over the summer months highlights the geology, landscape and associated heritage of the Geopark and is made up of guided walks, exhibitions, talks and roadshows. In all there are over 100 days of events plus many weeks of exhibitions.

There are events at venues throughout the Geopark. Click here to view and download the programme.

The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark is a forum of 15 partners including major landowners, councils, educational establishments, museums, geoconservation groups and major tourist and leisure organisations. Dr Peter Oliver, Chairman of the Geopark Partnership said ‘This year we have a bigger programme than in previous years with events to stimulate the interests of children and adults. The range of activities is considerable, from a photography workshop, through geology and landscape walks, ‘fossil making’ and museum geology displays, to nature studies in the country parks and forests. GeoFest is a great way for the public to participate in all things geological’.

Enjoy your summer with some great geology.

 

Despite the very wet weather, Chris Darmon opens GeoFest 2012 at Martley Rock on 3rd June