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.
Those wishing to attend field or geoconservation meetings please contact our Field Secretary, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More contact details are available on our Contact us page.
Updated 9 October 2017. Members please check your email for any last minute changes
Events in November–December 2017
Geoconservation day - Barrow Hill
Geoconservation day - Barrow Hill 10:30 - 2:30
Saturday 4 November (Geoconservation Day): Barrow Hill. Directed by Mark Williams. Meet on Vicarage Lane off High Street, Pensnett (A4101), at the top end near to the nature reserve and the church (St. Marks), for a 10.30 start. The day will involve vegetation clearance in the East Quarry. Wear old clothing and bring stout boots and gloves. Tools and safety glasses will be provided. Bring a packed lunch. We will aim to finish around 2.30.
Map to Barrow Hill
Cave Development 7:30 -
Monday 20 November (Indoor meeting): 'Cave Development, at home and abroad.' Speaker: Tony Waltham. Tony Waltham left Imperial College, London in 1968, with a first degree in geology and a PhD in mining geology. A keen caver, he took up a lectureship in the institution now known as Nottingham-Trent University, where he taught miners until Britain’s coal mining industry died. He then moved through civil engineering into engineering geology. The combination of teaching engineering geology, ground engineering and a growing understanding of limestone ground from beneath led to research in the specialised field of geo-hazards, in particular on sinkholes and rock collapse over caves. Tony is recognised as one of the world experts on karst. His long list of published works includes numerous academic papers, accounts in more popular style, and more than a dozen books. Tony has received many awards, and may also be known to members as a result of his editorship of The Mercian Geologist, or as a board member of Geology Today. Tony’s wealth of experience exploring cave systems across the World, coupled with his engaging and enthusiastic style, combine to make an unforgettable evening.
Introduction from Tony: “Most of the world's caves lie in karst terrains that have been eroded out of limestones. Cave passages are polygenetic, developed above, at and below the water table. Current concepts recognise all of these, but also accept significant influence by geology structure. Erosion by through-drainage of rainfall water forms most caves, but a notable type is formed by rising sulphuric acid. Once formed, caves are modified by collapse (which can be on a truly gigantic scale) and by infill of sediments (which can yield a wealth of palaeo-environmental data). The lecture takes an overview of caves and their geomorphology, with numerous examples from Britain and far-flung karst terrains”.
Map to Dudley Archives
Geoconservation Day - Saltwells LNR
Geoconservation Day - Saltwells LNR 10:30 - 2:30
Saturday 2 December (Geoconservation Day): Saltwells LNR (Local Nature Reserve). Meet at the Nature Reserve car park (Grid ref: SJ 934 868) on Saltwells Lane for a 10.30 start. Wear old work clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear or wellies. Please bring gloves and garden tools; loppers, secateurs, forks and spades if you have them. Either bring packed lunch or hot food can be acquired from the Saltwells Inn adjacent to the car park. Finish at 2.30.
Map to Saltwells Nature Reserve
Members' Evening 7:00 -
Monday 11 December (Indoor meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 start): Members' Evening - Christmas Social and Quiz! This is our annual chance for members to share their geological experiences in a sociable atmosphere with a Christmas buffet provided by the Society. This year we are venturing into new pastures with a team quiz (with prizes!) rather than the usual short presentations. But please bring along your specimens for admiration, discussion and identification as usual.
Map to Dudley Archives