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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:
    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