Monthly talks in Cambridge

We have a programme of 10 talks running from September to June, held on the second Monday of every month. All talks (unless specified otherwise) are at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm). Everyone welcome, free to CGS members, £3 for non members.

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.

Bartolome, Galapagos - Wildlife Travel


Monday 8th April 2019

“Monster Jurassic Fish  Jamie Jordan, Fossils Galore, March

In 2012 Jamie Jordan discovered a new species of big fish dating back to the Jurassic, Jamie will explain how he discovered, excavated and started to prep this fossil find as well as explain what the fish would have looked liked and how it lived.

Jur fish JJ 2Jur fish JJ

Monday 13th May 2019

“Rapid erosion in the Arctic impacts the modern cycling of atmospheric carbon-dioxide”
Dr Emily Stevenson from the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

Emily Stevenson

Saturday 25th May 2019 Friends of Sedgwick excursion

Bus trip to explore aspects of the Brecklands of Norfolk and Suffolk More info.

Led by Tim Holt-Wilson, author of ‘The Brecks Earth Heritage Trail‘- download from the website.

Monday 10th June 2019

Basalt, Beasts and Béates – geological (and other) stories from the Haute-Loire in the Massif Central”
Martin Evans, Cambridgeshire Geological Society

The Massif Central is Europe’s largest volcanic region and the Haute-Loire department’s geology is rich and varied, including several different forms of (extinct!) volcano and other igneous extrusion. The talk will provide an overview of the key features, including setting Haute-Loire’s geology within that of the Massif Central overall. It will also make mention of notable aspects of Haute-Loire’s human history in this remote and wild part of France, such as the havoc wreaked in the mid-18th century by the terrifying Bête du Gévaudan, the remarkable community support services provided from the 17th to the 20th century by the women known as Béates, and the internationally-recognised protection of refugees during WWII. Martin has travelled extensively in the Haute Loire for many years.

Haute Loire

Monday 9th September 2019


Monday 14th October 2019


Monday 11th November 2019

Talk (TBA) and AGM

Saturday 23rd November 2019      Conference: ‘Jurassic East’

Venue: Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, CambridgeFull details will be available summer 2019

Monday 9th December 2019

“The effect of mass extinctions on Cephalopods” Prof Paul Rodhouse, British Antarctic Survey

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.

Geo-East Events

Saturday 14th September 2019     Excursion to Upware

To see the Jurassic ‘coral’ limestone. Led by Dr Simon R A Kelly


Saturday 23rd November 2019      Conference: ‘Jurassic East’

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

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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