Our aim is to have meetings with a varied format, so as to provide something of interest to a wide range of members. These include:

Study the geology of Derbyshire and beyond through field trips and walks.

Visits to places of geological interest, including mines, quarries and museums.

Indoor meetings, to include topics such as mineral and fossil identification, structural geology, elementary stratigraphy and rock types.

Members examine a Pre-Cambrian outcrop in Charnwood Forest close to where fossils were found over 50 years ago.

Image courtesy of Peter Knowles

The experience of our members is varied; some have a wide range of knowledge and background in related industries, whilst others have geological knowledge ranging from beginners to those with extensive knowledge built up pursuing geology as a hobby. The only requirement to join our group is an interest in geology!

Meetings will generally, but not always, be held on the second Tuesday in the month, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, at The Studio, Audley St Elphins, Darley Dale. Walks and visits will generally depart from Darley Dale (Whitworth Car Park) at 10.00am.

The group’s coordinator is Peter Hume who can be contacted by e-mail, by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 823337.

Our programme for 2017 is:

10 January

Meeting in the tudio, St. Elphins we viewed and discussed an episode of the BBC’s "Earth Story"

14 February

Nottingham University walk postponed due to weather conditions - see below.

Small group met at Elm Croft for an illustrated talk about tunnelling and dam construction in Malaysia. 

14 March

Gerry Slavin gave the first part of his talk “Time and Time Again” explaining the influence of Geology on the age of the earth.

11 April

Dave Puxley talked about Mount Vesuvius.

9 May

Gerry Slavin led a visit, originally planned for October 2016, to the Crich Inlier which has some entertaining features, including an exquisite (but inedible) Carboniferous seafood display. Plus lunch at Whatstandwell.

13 June

No meeting of Geology Group in June as this is the date for MAU3A trip to Hull - UK City of Culture 2017

11 July

Dave Puxley led a walk from Willersley Castle along the Derwent banks to Matlock Bath.  The completion of the walk to the Big Hole of Starkholmes, Giddy Edge and High Tor was abandoned due to the deteriorating weather.

8 August

Ray Essen's walk on the Bonsall Miners’ Trail was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

12 September

'Rock around the Campus’ - A group walked round The University of Nottingham Geological Trail, ied by Gerry Shaw who compiled this walk. After lunch members attended a lecture relating to the Chinese Dino Exhibition at Wollaton Park.

10 October

Group meeting cancelled so that members can attend the MAU3A’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations at the Crich Tramway Museum.

14 November

Meeting at St Elphins when Dr Don Mackenzie will give a talk.

12 December

Christmas Lunch meeting. Reservation made at the Fishpond as last year and Chris Darmon has agreed to give us a talk.

The second part of Gerry Slavin's talk “Time and Time Again” which he started at our March meeting, and a second talk "Geology and Disease" with particular emphasis on Derbyshire, will be carried forward to the New Year's programme.

Last updated on 16 October, 2017
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