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 8th January 2018
“Clock of ages: using climate and orbits to tune geological timescales”
Simon Crowhurst,
Senior Research Technician at the Sedimentary Laboratory in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Monday 12th February 2018
“A mystical cave in Myanmar”
Steve Thompson, Exploration Geologist, Cambridge
Recent travels into the Shan States of Burma (Myanmar), in search of family history, reveal echoes of British and Irish geology, both rocks and geologists. Myanmar has a long and fascinating history of oil, gas and mineral production which continues to the present day and is a significant driver for Myanmar’s recent development as it moves forward (?) politically. However, far removed from the country’s financial hubs and tourist traps, there is a Mystical Cave, a geological gem that reveals the social and religious core of this fascinating nation..

Monday 12th March 2018
“Isostasy – the ups and downs of the crust”  Dr Mike Tuke
This talk will include practical demonstrations and will cover: the structure of the crust and upper mantle, the principles of isostasy, the isostatic effects of ice, sedimentation, and volcanic activity.

Monday 9th April 2018
“The geology of Madeira”

Dr Sergio Marques Teixeira from Madeira Fauna and Flora
This talk follows on from the excellent trip that some of our members took to Madeira in 2017 which was led by Sergio. We are pleased that he can visit us to describe the very interesting geology of this spectacular volcanic island, also known for its sub tropical gardens and exciting walks.

Monday 14th May 2018
“Dinosaurs – do they need some relationship counselling?”

Dr David Norman from Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Recent thoughts on the dinosaur family tree.

Monday 11th June 2018
The Mesozoic in your garden!”

Franziska Norman, CGS Chair

We know a lot about the dinosaurs, but we rarely seem to think about the plants that lived alongside them and were eaten by them. This talk will feature the Mesozoic plants that have survived into our time and are suitable for cultivation in UK gardens. You will even meet some of these ancient lifeforms “in person”, as the presentation will include live plants. So come and learn how to make your garden dinosaur-friendly!

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)

Other Events

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

2018 talks include:

Tuesday 6th February Charlotte Jackson (Cambridge) “Researching Mantle rocks in Botswana, Africa”.

Tuesday 20th February Dr Emily Mitchell (Cambridge) “Using Lasers to illuminate the Start of Complex Life”

Tuesday 27th February Varied talks by Dr Ruth Siddall (University College, London), Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University), and Mr Euan Furness (Cambridge University). The evening will cover the way that the collection and display of Building Stones has evolved through history, how the Sedgwick Museum’s Watson collection was formed, and how it may be further developed in the future.

Tuesday 13th March Professor P.R. Sheldon (Open University) “Trilobites, microevolution and environmental change”.

Geo-East Events

Wednesday July 11th 2018

The Pliocene Forest, Sutton, and Bawdsey, Suffolk coast

Hosted by GeoSuffolk

Next conference: Saturday 23rd November 2019

‘Jurassic East’ (to be held in Cambridge)

Full details will be available late 2018

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 and archaeology..

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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