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 (courtesy of Peter Knowles)

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 (usually sharing cars) will generally depart from Darley Dale (Whitworth Car Park) at 10.00am.

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!

The group’s coordinator is Peter Clook who can be contacted by e-mail.

Our programme for 2020 is still being decided

Some reading matter during our enforced shutdown

The Medals of Creation”  by Gideon Mantell

Gideon Mantell was one of the pioneers of geology and this huge book, published back in 1844 was just one of his publications.  Note that Charles Darwin did not publish his Origin of Species until 1859.  It is worth a look just for the quality of the illustrations.  However in particular, have a look at Chapter XXV and XXVI.  You might find some amusing descriptions of places you know…

The Big Hole of Starkholmes” by John Jones (Mercian Geologist; (2008) 17 (1))

An amusing account of a chapter of Starkholmes’ history.  We have visited on a field trip but not much left to see now, although th sough still exists near the base of the cable car.

“Strata” by John L Morton

How William Smith drew the first map of the earth in 1801 and inspired the science of geology.

Happy reading…


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