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 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 17 July 2024.

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 July–August 2024

  • 3 July (1 event)
    Evening Field Meeting, Glacial Boulder Trail 2 'Around Bournville and Cotteridge Park'

    Evening Field Meeting, Glacial Boulder Trail 2 'Around Bournville and Cotteridge Park'   6.30 - 8.30

    Wednesday 3 July (Evening Field Meeting): Glacial Boulder Trail 2 'Around Bournville and Cotteridge Park'. Led by Julie Schroder. Joint meeting with Geological Society, WMRG. Meet at 6.30 on Bournville Lane, Birmingham, outside Bournville Station, SP050811. Parking available on Bournville Lane west of the railway. Learn how Louis Barrow, Cadbury's chief engineer in the early 20th century, saved numerous glacial erratic boulders found during excavation of the factory site, and created Birmingham's finest and most comprehensive collection of erratics from the Arenig Mountains in Wales. Finish around 8.30. Possible pub social afterwards (but not in 'dry' Bournville!).

    Click here for a Google map of the location.

  • 28 July (1 event)
    Field Meeting : Tardebigge, Bromsgrove

    Field Meeting : Tardebigge, Bromsgrove   2.00 - 4.30

    Lead by Mike Allen, meeting at the Church car park at St. Bartholomew's Church, Tardebigge, Bromsgrove, B60 3AH (NGR: SO 9964 6914) at 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm start. A circular 2-3 hour walk in an area underlain by Triassic Mudstones and Sandstones (c.250-210Ma), there will be several glacial erratics from the Anglian ice advance (c.450,000 years ago). Walking mainly on level field footpaths, towpaths, tracks, a short section on a narrow road, some steeper gradients.

    The walk includes part of the celebrated Tardebigge flight of 30 locks on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal (the longest in the UK) and includes several fine viewpoints (weather conditions permitting!). A separate exposure of the sandstone in a small, overgrown, roadside quarry can be included (10 minutes by car, limited parking for 3 vehicles) at the end of the walk.

    Please note: there are no facilities on-site or throughout the planned route.

    More information can be found within our latest Newsletter

    Click here for a Google map of the location.

  • 17 August (1 event)
    A Geology Walk around the Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire

    A Geology Walk around the Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire   12.00 - 3.00

    Led by Andy Harrison. Joint event with the Geological Society WMRG. Meet at the
    Severn Valley Country Park main visitor centre: WV15 6NG (GR: SO7536 8398) ready to start at 12.00. This meeting coincides with the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark's 'Geofest' – specimens and geocraft event hosted at the Severn Valley Railway Engine House (17 - 18 August) Learn about how this Carboniferous landscape has been shaped by Ice Age processes, human mining heritage and conservation. Aim to finish around 3.00. This is a chance to visit the Geofest event and see a fine collection of steam locomotives.

    More Information on the Geofest can be seen within our latest newsletter.

    Click here for a Google map of the location.