In date order, the most recent event will be at the top!


James Parkinson is best known as the author of ‘An essay on the Shaking Palsy’ a condition which bears his name. But in his lifetime he was better known as a pioneering PALAEONTOLOGIST after whom the ammonite ‘Parkinsonia’ was named. To celebrate the 200th. anniversary of the essay King’s College London has organised a small exhibition about Parkinson at the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, WC2. just off Fleet Street. The exhibition has one case featuring his major work on Fossils, the wonderfully named ‘Organic Remains of a Former World’ published in 3 volumes between 1808 & 1811, together with fossils lent by the NHM.

It is also well worth visiting to see the spectacular monument in the former chapel, now the Weston Room, where the exhibition is being held.

The exhibition runs until the 16th of December. See for opening times.

Dr. Cherry Lewis of the History of Geology Group of the Geol. Soc. has just published ‘The enlightened Mr. Parkinson: the pioneering life of a forgotten English surgeon’ pub. Icon.

The EAST HERTS GEOLOGY CLUB ( web site ) is having a presentation titled “SINKHOLES” on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm.

Hertfordshire’s ground instability, land use legacy and the impact of historic chalk mining have given some problems when water is added…..

Check out their website for all the details.


Saturday 4th November + Sunday 5th November 2107  


Conference advert with speakers final.jpgThe Ice (and after) in the Eastern Counties

09:00 – Registration and coffee
09:30 – Welcome   –   Naomi Stevenson, Geo-East
09:40 – Session 1: Overview, especially wrt climate
Speaker: Dr Colin Summerhayes, Scott Polar Research Institute
10:25 – Session 2: Ice Age evidence and rivers
Speaker: Prof. David Bridgland, Durham University
11:10 – Coffee break
11:30 – Session 3: Late Pleistocene faunas, and correlating recent finds
Speaker: Prof. Danielle Schreve, Royal Holloway, University of London
12:15 – Session 4: Glacial Drainage of the Fens
Speaker: Dr Steve Boreham, Cambridge Earth System Science NERC DTP
13:00 – Lunch
Demonstration: Making antler tools: John Lord
14:00 – Session 5: The History of Man in the Fens
Speaker: Prof Nick Ashton Senior Curator Palaeolithic Archaeology Dept ;
Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum
14:45 – Tea break
15:05 – Session 6: The opening of the English Channel
Speaker: Prof. Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College, London
15:50 – Closing remarks
 Nikki Edwards – Chair, Geo-East
16:00 – Close
 Titles of talks are subject to confirmation

For conference queries, please contact:



25th NOVEMBER 2017

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The ‘Down to Earth‘ magazine is holding a one day ‘Teach In’ at YHA Lee Valley on Wednesday November 29th 2017, starting 10.30am and ends 4.30pm.

 ‘Reading & Understanding Rocks & Landscapes’

Location: YHA Lee Valley, Windmill Lane ,Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9AJ
200metres from Cheshunt main railway station, easy connections from Liverpool street and Tottenham Hale.  20 minutes from central London.
Cost: £35.00 per person including drinks and lunch.  £30.00 for Club Class members and groups of six or more.
This day school is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about reading rocks and landscapes.
There will be presentations and hands-on practical session with time for Q & A in a first floor meeting room.  Please state if you are of limited mobility.
Bring some writing materials to take notes and the Tutors will be Chris Darmon and Colin Schofield of the ‘Down to Earth’ magazine.
Outline Programme
10.30 – 11.00 Welcome and tea/coffee.
11.00 – 12.30  Practical hands-on session using pictures and rock specimens with opportunity to discuss with your fellow learners.
Buffet Lunch
1.30 – 2.30  Discussion and answers to the practical session.
2.30 – 3.30  Contrasting landscapes: limestones and deserts, ancient and modern – Talk.
3.30 – 4.30  Recognising glacial landscapes in NW Scotland and East Anglia – Talk.
Any Questions?

If interested, contact Chris Darmon.  email:  or Tele: 0114 245 5746 or Fax: 0114 240 3405

You’ve missed them but some of 2016 + 2017  interesting events are listed below:

Wednesday 11th October 2017  

Geotrail around Greenwich Park (during Earth Science Week), led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park.

The walk is free but you will need to book.  Please reserve your place by emailing:

Further details will be sent on registration.


Sunday 20th August 2017  ‘The Rocks On Which We Stand’ – 11.00hrs to 12.30hrs.

Streatham Common, meet by the Rookery Cafe.

A gentle guided walk looking at the geology of Streatham Common – how rocks have shaped, and continue to shape, the local area.  With Dr Iain Boulton –          NO geological experience necessary!

The email address for further information is:

London’s Theatreland & Trafalgar Square – EVENING BUILDING STONES WALK

Leader: Ruth Siddall
Tuesday 20 June 2017 – 6pm

This walk will look at the history of London’s Theatreland and Trafalgar Square through the building stones used. It will also reveal some aspects of London’s geology, discovered through the excavations for new buildings.

Please book your place using the link below:

Members and Non Members – £5

Sunday 9th July 2017  ‘Great Northwood Geology Walk’ – 14.00hrs to 15.30hrs.

Crystal Palace Park, meet at the entrance to the railway station.

A guided walk discovering some of the ‘hidden history’ of the Great North Wood, looking at the rocks, soils and waters that have shaped it’s past and continue to dictate it’s future.  A journey back in time with Dr Iain Boulton to the age of the dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and stupendous earth movements!


International Meeting on Dinosaurs and a unique Exhibition of Exceptional Dinosaur Art.

at: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT.

Conference on Dinosaurs Was on  28th October 2016.  A complete day of Dinosaur related talks.

Check the website:

Geoconservation Day at Riddlesdown Chalk Quarry  

Was on  Saturday 8th Oct. 2016

Organised by the London Geodiversity Partnership in conjunction with the Open University Geological Society.

The large quarry is south of Croydon in the North Downs and is a good location to examine chalk in the London area.

Further details at:

Earth Science Week Geotrail around Richmond Park

Was On  Wed. 12th Oct 2016

Led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership

Their website:

The London Geodiversity Partnership website link is below. Click on this for a wealth of information concerning building stones, geotrails, pavement geology and news of Gilbert’s Pit, a SSSI in Charlton, SE London. An ex sand, gravel and chalk quarry it is now accessible with permanent steps allowing the Woolwich Formation shell beds and others to be closely examined.

The East face of Gilbert’s Pit is located at TQ 419 786. Nearest train station is Charlton. Access to Maryon Park (Gilbert’s Pit) is either via Thorntree Road or Charlton Lane. Free parking in Thorntree Road. Buses run along Woolwich Road close by. Alight at Charlton Road stop.

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South face + Shelly beds + East face with steps for viewing + Blackheath bed on uppermost level.

Pictures R.F.

Close to Gilbert’s Pit is the Green Chain Geotrail and the link is below. Details of a submerged forest in Erith, (London!), Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park, Chislehurst Caves and Nunhead Cemetery building stones are included plus many other fascinating areas.

Another site which may be of interest is GiGL, Greenspace information for Greater London. This is our capital’s environmental records centre. Information is collated and made available on London’s wildlife, Nature reserves, gardens and other open spaces.

London Wildlife Trust website:



If you want more Geological info’ you can do no better than click on the link below…….

Our A.G.S. is affiliated to the Geologists Association.