Monthly CGS 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.

To help make up for our missed talks in spring 2020, we have an additional talk on Monday 10th August – see below. Thus will be by Zoom. It is free to watch and open to everyone (you just need to register to get the link).

Our programme for the Sep 2020 – June 2021 season will start on Monday 14th September 2020 with an online talk (using Zoom) that is free to watch and open to everyone (you just need to register to get the link).

The monthly talks from October onwards (probably by Zoom for the time being) will be announced over the next couple of months – contact us to be notified of their details.

Additional talk!

Monday 10th August 2020

(by Zoom – please register by contacting us)

The Geology of Islay’

David Webster, resident of the island and co-author of the book ‘A guide to the Geology of Islay’ – with Whisky recommendations!

The geology of Islay is very varied with two billion-year-old gneisses, late Precambrian glacial deposits together with rocks and structures testifying to the opening and closing of the Iapetus ocean. The talk will visit some key localities and also explore geological connections with the island’s history, archaeology and whisky. 



Monday 14th September 2020

(by Zoom – please register by contacting us)

Birdwatching through Geological Time’

Dr Daniel Field, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr Daniel Field is a Lecturer in evolutionary palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge, and a Fellow of Christ’s College. He also holds a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship. Originally from Canada, Daniel obtained his PhD from Yale University, and his research focuses on using the fossil record to understand how modern bird diversity and biology came to be.

“An asteroid impact 66 million years ago may have wiped out the giant dinosaurs, but it also resulted in the rapid diversification of birds. From this point onwards, avian evolutionary history was changed forever, eventually giving rise to nearly 11,000 living species. Daniel Field explores the evidence for the early evolution of modern birds, and sheds light on how, when, and where modern bird diversity arose.”

Archaeopteryx-Feathers Dr Daniel Field

(by Zoom – please register by contacting us)



Friends Meeting House

Talks Venue

Friends (Quaker) 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.

NB The Friends Meeting House is on the left if coming from the direction of Hills Road and on the right if coming from Cherry Hinton Road (opposite side to the marker shown on the map).

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.

Cambridge Natural History Society

CNHS organise a series of talks (winter) and excursions (all year). Talks are usually held at the Attenborough Building next to the Zoology Museum. Visitors welcome (small charge) More information.

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 e.g.  Extinctions: crises in the history of life  with Peter Sheldon

Free online courses

Future Learn has a number of short, online courses on geological and related subjects. These courses are free and very easy to follow. Ideal for introductions to many subjects. Courses include Extreme Geological Events, developed by Cardiff University, The Earth in my pocket: an introduction to geology and Extinctions Past and Present.

U3A Geology groups

There are a few local geology groups run by U3A: Cambridge    Peterborough

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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