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 2.30pm to 4.15pm, 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 2018 is:

9 January

Dave Puxley presented two videos relating to the Charnwood Forest Area:

An interview with Roger Mason about his  discovery of the first Charnia fossil.

A BGS video about the general geology of Charnwood Forest, including views of a lot of sites (some of which do not have public access) and geological structures and samples.

13 February

Gerry Slavin talks about “Geology and Disease” with a particular emphasis on Derbyshire.

13 March

Visit to the Lapworth Museum in Birmingham - organised by Alison Richards and Mary Mellor.

10 April

Material from BBC “Earth Story and/or Open University Geology Videos.

8 May

A walk with Albert Benghiat looking at  limestones in the Manifold Valley - starting off at Ecton and discussing limestone sedimentation (and mineralisation) along the way.                                                        

Easy parking and a level 2 - 3km walk on paved paths. Then short drive to Wetton Mill to look at one or two features there (with toilet and refreshment facilities available).

12 June

TO BE ADVISED – depends on MAU3A plans for a ‘Day Out’ which often clashes with our normal meeting.

10 July

Field Trip to be arranged.

14 August

Field Trip to be arranged.

11 September

Field Trip to be arranged.

9 October

Speaker to be arranged.

13 November

Speaker to be arranged.

11 December

Christmas Lunch and Speaker.

Last updated on 12 January, 2018
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