Monday 20 January 2020 (Indoor Meeting): 'Jurassic Brain Teasers'. Stephan Lautenschlager (Lecturer in Palaeobiology, University of Birmingham). Fossils represent physical evidence for the existence of extinct organisms and have vast potential for the study of ancient life. However, the majority of fossils are preserved in the form of hard-tissues (e.g. bones and teeth), while soft-tissues, such as muscles and internal organs, have withered away. Using modern computer technology and digital visualisation techniques, it is now possible to reconstruct some of these soft-tissues in fossils. The anatomy of the brain is of particular interest, as it can reveal information about extinct animals' behaviours and how they might have sensed the environment around them.
The Impacts of Future Climate Change on Industrial Landscapes: recent work in The Derwent Valley Mills WHS and its relevance to the Black Country
The Impacts of Future Climate Change on Industrial Landscapes: recent work in The Derwent Valley Mills WHS and its relevance to the Black Country 7.30 -
Monday 17 February (Indoor Meeting): 'The Impacts of Future Climate Change on Industrial Landscapes: recent work in The Derwent Valley Mills WHS and its relevance to the Black Country'. Speaker: Dr Andy J. Howard ('Landscape Research & Management', and Honorary Fellow, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham). The availability of coal, limestone and metal ores together with water for power, was critical to the development of the heavy industries that kindled the Industrial Revolution. Paradoxically, many of these advantageous characteristics, also create environments where geomorphological processes are most sensitive to future climatic and environmental change. This talk by Dr Andy Howard describes a 'landscape' approach developed to manage the built and other historic assets of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site along the River Derwent between Matlock Bath and Derby. As we move forward into the Anthropocene, the applicability of this study to other industrial landscapes such as that of the Black Country is considered.