Programme of Events
Black Country Geological Society’s indoor meetings will be held during the winter months at the Abbey Room at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
Unless otherwise stated, the Abbey Room will normally open at 7.30pm and lectures commence at 8.00pm.
Updated 16 August 2017. Members please check your email for any last minute changes
Events in September–October 2017
16 SeptemberGeoconservation day - Wren’s Nest
Geoconservation day - Wren’s Nest 10:30 - 2:30
Saturday 16 September (Geoconservation Day): Wren’s Nest. Directed by the reserve wardens. Meet for a 10.30 start at the Warden's office adjacent to the former Mons Hill college. Approach along the access road leading into the new development adjacent to the Caves Pub on Wrens Hill Road. The day will involve scrub clearance and a 'geo-blitz' to record findings. Bring gloves, stout footwear and packed lunch. Wardens will provide tools, hard hats if necessary and a hot drink. Finish around 2.30.Map to Wren's Nest
18 SeptemberOn the move in pursuit of 'black gold'
On the move in pursuit of 'black gold' 7:30 -
Monday 18 September (Indoor meeting): 'On the move in pursuit of 'black gold' - highlights from three decades of international oil and gas exploration'. Speaker: Graham Hickman. Graham Hickman, a long time member of BCGS, graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Geology and Geophysics. He joined BP Exploration in 1981 and has followed an international career in oil and gas exploration. This has involved his living and working overseas in Egypt, Trinidad, Oman and Texas. While based in London he has worked on projects in Angola, China, Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Switzerland and Denmark. He will describe the challenges and highlights from his international career and the challenges facing the industry.Map to Dudley Archives
1 OctoberField visit - The South Malverns
Field visit - The South Malverns N/A -
Sunday 1 October (Field meeting): The South Malverns, led by John Payne. Joint field visit with the Open University Geological Society, West Midlands branch. Start at 10.00. Meet at Hollybush car park (free) on the north side of the Tewkesbury to Ledbury road at the crest of the Hollybush Pass over the Malvern Hills. Grid Reference: SO 759 369.Map to Hollybush car park, Malvern Hills
After a 100m climb we visit a recently constructed earth house to see a thrust fault (an element of the East Malvern fault system). On Raggedstone Hill the scenery, structure and geology will be described, and we will see the first of several volcanic dykes. On the south ridge of the hill is an exposure of the Cambrian/Precambrian unconformity, and lower on the hill is a quarry showing some of the variety of Malvern’s metamorphic rocks. We will visit a small waterfall on a Triassic conglomerate, and a small quarry at Coal Hill showing interleaved Ordovician lava and Ordovician shales. On Chase End Hill, the most southerly of the Malverns, is an exposure of Malvern gneiss. We will pass an exposure of baked Cambrian shale, and a quarry in andesitic lava with a nearby much decorated ancient oak. The final stop will be at the recently cleared roadside exposure at Hollybush, showing two distinct intrusions into the Cambrian Hollybush Sandstone. Tour lasts approx 6.5 hours, length: 7km, finish around 4.30. Some fairly steep sections. No facilities anywhere on this walk. Bring a packed lunch. Wear walking boots and clothing appropriate to the weather.
16 OctoberThe Corsi Collection of decorative stones: where geology meets the arts.
The Corsi Collection of decorative stones: where geology meets the arts. 7:30 -
Monday 16 October (Indoor meeting): 'The Corsi Collection of decorative stones: where geology meets the arts.' Speaker: Monica Price, Head of Earth Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and known to many members as a result of visits to OUMNH. Monica is the author of a major work on the subject: Price, M.T. (2007) 'Decorative stone: the complete sourcebook', Thames & Hudson, London, and she has made a special study of the Corsi collection at OUM. This early 19th century collection made by Roman lawyer Faustino Corsi comprises 1,000 polished slabs, each of a different decorative stone. He first obtained those used by the ancient Romans, and then added Italian stones used from medieval times to his own day. He also included a selection of decorative rocks and minerals from England, Russia, and other countries. In 1827, Oxford student Stephen Jarrett purchased the collection and presented it to the University of Oxford. It is now in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Monica has developed an excellent website documenting the contents and history of the Corsi Collection: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/corsi/Map to Dudley Archives