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 and Zoom meetings 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 address on the Contacts page).
Any non-members wishing to attend our virtual meetings should contact our Meetings Secretary for instructions (email address on the Contacts page).
Other contact details are also available on our Contact us page.
Updated 14 October 2022.
Members please check your email for any last minute changes.
Recordings of some of our virtual talks can be found on our YouTube channel.
Events in October–November 2022
8 October (1 event)
Geoconservation Day at the Wren's Nest
Geoconservation Day at the Wren's Nest 10.30 - 2.30
Saturday 8 October (Geoconservation Day): Wren's Nest. Directed by the reserve wardens. Meet at 10.30 at the wardens' office at the end of Fossil View, off Wren's Hill Road (GR: SO 93699 92118). Park along Fossil View. The day will involve scrub clearance. Bring gloves, stout footwear and packed lunch. Wardens will provide tools, hard hats if necessary and a hot drink. Finish around 2.30.
Geoconservation Day at Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
Geoconservation Day at Saltwells Local Nature Reserve 10.00 - 2.30
Sunday 6 November 2022 (Geoconservation Day): Saltwells Local Nature Reserve. Directed by the reserve Wardens and the Friends of Saltwells NR. Meet at the Wardens Hut adjacent to the Nature Reserve car park (Grid ref: SJ 934 868) on Saltwells Lane for a 10.00 start. Wear old work clothes, waterproofs and stout footwear. Please bring gloves and garden tools (hand brushes, trowels, loppers, secateurs, forks and spades if you have them. Bring a packed lunch, or hot food is available from the Saltwells Inn adjacent to the car park. Finish at 14.30. (N.B. the earlier starting time of 10.00)
Bilston Stone Quarries - Digging up the Past 7.30 -
Monday 21 November (Indoor Meeting): 'Bilston Stone Quarries - Digging up the Past'. Speaker: Graham Hickman (President of the GA and member of BCGS). Graham wrote about his family connections to these quarries in December 2010 (Newsletter 204). Combining his genealogical and geological research, this talk will explore the geology where his ancestors dug a living for themselves alongside the historical documents and evidence they left behind.
Graham writes: "As a small boy my father often told me about a sandstone quarry in Bilston that my great grandfather had owned. It was not until recently, however, that I managed to research the subject more fully. The quarry known as the 'Bilston Stone Quarries' had been worked from the late 17th century. It came into my family’s ownership in about 1830 and was operated by Job Hickman (1783 – 1855). He was the first of a line of my ancestors who worked the quarry for the next 4 generations.