Monthly talks in Cambridge

All talks are at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm). Everyone welcome, free to CGS members, small charge for non members.

Monday 10th September 2018

“Discovering Geology: from rivers to rocks and fens to fossils”
Enjoy an informal evening with short talks, getting up close with rocks, fossils and Mesozoic plants and hearing from local experts to answer all your geology questions! Plus bring along any finds for identification. Includes short presentations on: “The Fen Edge Trail comes to life – walk with us through the 1st two sections (Ramsey to Wistow and on to Warboys, and Stow cum Quy to Swaffham Bulbeck)” And there’s another chance to meet close up some real,live, dinosaur age plants. There may even be cake!

Entrance free to all. It will also be an opportunity to renew your membership or to join if you are new to us!

Monday 8th October 2018

Feathered lives – the fascinating world of dinobirds” Franziska Norman, CGS Chairman

“This talk will explore what we know about the ancestors of modern birds: their lifestyles, feather colours, what they used those feathers for, and the possible reasons why birds were the only dinosaurs to survive the great extinction.”

Monday 12th November 2018

“An exhibition of Ice Age Cambridgeshire” Dr Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum

A look at the wonderful new Ice Age display in the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. NB This talk is at the Meeting House, Hartington Grove as usual, not actually at the Sedgwick Museum.

Monday 10th December 2018

“Bob Dylan and the Bone bed: A sideways glance at the Rhaetic (aka Penarth Group) exposed in Aust Cliff, S. Gloucestershire” Reg Nicholls, Cambridgeshire Geological Society

The period that used to be known as the Rhaetic forms a thin ribbon between the Triassic and Jurassic running NE across the spine of Britain. It is a time of halting marine transgressions and holds the evidence of a major extinction period affecting many groups of marine life. The cliffs exposed under the English side of the 1st Severn Bridge allows an excellent view of these rocks as well as an opportunity to search for a wide range of fossils – including vertebrates. Just search amongst the Rolling Stones.

Monday 14th January 2019

“Ediacaran microfossils”  Peter Adamson, PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

More information on the fossils of this enigmatic time, a period that is a ‘hot topic’ in evolutionary research.

Monday 11th February 2019

“Close encounters of the third (geological) kind….”  Steve Thompson, Exploration Geologist, Cambridge

The geology of Sao Tome & Principe, islands in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Learn about the Cameroon Volcanic Line, the Pico do Cão Grande, and other features of this archipelago that forms the second smallest state in Africa.

Monday 11th March 2019

The explosive history of the Galapagos Archipelago    Matthew Gleeson, PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most volcanically active regions in the world with eruptions occurring approximately every 2-3 years. This volcanic activity is spread over a large geographical area resulting in a wide range of magmatic processes, which will be explored in this talk.

For more information on our talks programme please contact our Programme Secretary Franziska Norman on

Friends Meeting House

Friends Meeting House

91 – 93 Hartington Grove,

If possible please use the Hall car park otherwise please park in Coleridge Road or Hartington Grove towards Hills Road.

Please note the Meeting House is on the north side of Hartington Grove (shown as Quaker Meeting)

Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

The Friends organise a series of lectures in Cambridge (doors open, 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm in the Department of Earth Sciences)  during autumn and winter and field trips during the spring and summer. They also organise overseas field trip in the UK and overseass. More information

Upcoming Friends of Sedgwick events

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Diagnostic properties of Common Minerals  

Another of the popular “Experimental geology” classes run by Dr Mike Tuke.  Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Birdwatching through geological time 

Talk by Dr Daniel Field, new University of Cambridge Lecturer. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Glacial Mars: Ice and Water on the Red Planet 

Talk by Frances Butcher, PhD student, Open University. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Two legs or four? How did reptiles evolve into dinosaurs? 

Talk by Luke Grinham, PhD student, University of Cambridge. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Geo-East Events

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Conference: ‘Jurassic East’

Venue: Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge. Full details will be available early 2019

Courses at the Institute of Continuing Education of University of Cambridge

The ICE holds many interesting courses, at Madingley Hall near Cambridge, including some on geology, local landscape, evolution and archaeology.

Rocks, minerals and fossils: an introduction to geology June 2019

Fossils and the history of life May 2019

Evolution: unravelling the meaning of life April to June 2019 – online

Other Talks

For details of many other talks and societies in the Cambridge area see the CONDUIT publication issued by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. It gives contact details for the many organisations working to promote interest in history, particularly that of Cambridgeshire. The latest issue of CONDUIT can be downloaded from their website.


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