The Murchison Symposium, Dudley visit 7th April 1989
In recognition and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Sir Roderick Murchison’s book ‘The Silurian System’, an international conference on the Silurian System was held at the University of Keele. After the formal lecture programme lasting 4½ days, there was a post-symposium programme of ‘Historical Excursions’ across Wales and the Welsh borderland to visit a number of localities made classic by Murchison’s studies. This concluded with about 100 participants from 15 countries (some as far afield as China, Australia, USSR and the USA) paying a visit to the Black Country Museum. The BCGS had the honour of helping to organise and participate in this part of the celebrations.
The highlight of the evening was a trip by canal narrow boat underground to the Singing Cavern in the Much Wenlock Limestone Formation, where a life-sized working model of Murchison impressed everyone with a brief exposition on the geology of the area. Then Mr John Thackray also gave an outline of Murchison’s visit to the area including the famous occasion in 1849 when, following a lecture to a large audience at Wren’s Nest, he was hailed as the ‘King of Siluria’. The following set of photos were all taken on the boat trip to and from the Singing Cavern.
See also BCGS Newsletter no.76.