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 11th September 2017
“The richest and largest known Polyhalite deposit in the world?? It’s in Yorkshire of course!!”
Peter Woods,
Mining Engineer, Yorkshire

Monday 9th October 2017
“Crystal Palace: the first Jurassic Park”
Naomi Stevenson,

Monday 13th November 2017
“Stories from the chalky Fen Edge of Cambridgeshire”
Dr Peter Friend,
Chair of the Friends of Sedgwick, Cambridge

Linking to our Fen Edge Trail    fenedgetrailsmall

Our AGM will also take place during the evening.

Monday 11th December 2017
“Triumphs and Disasters in practical Engineering Geology”
Prof. David Norbury, Sussex University and David Norbury Ltd

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, in search of family history, reveal echoes of British and Irish geology, echoes of both rocks and geologists. Burma has a long and fascinating history of oil, gas and mineral production which continues to the present day and is a significant driver for Burma’s, 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”
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.

Details of the talks from March to June 2018 will be available in the autumn.

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

2017/2018 talks include:

Tuesday 10th October Jack Wright (Open University) on “Mapping geological features on the surface of the planet Mercury”

Tuesday 24th October Dr Ed Tipper (Cambridge University) on “Chemical Weathering in SE Asia”.

Tuesday 7th November Professor Ian Fairchild (University of Birmingham) on “The oldest and greatest glaciation of Scotland”.

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”.

CNHS 99th Conservazione!

We will, again, be participating in the annual Conversazione exhibition on the wonders of the natural world organised by Cambridge Natural History Society. Please come along and see our stand and those of other local organisations involved in the natural world. Entry is free. Date for 2018 is yet to be announced. More information 

Geo-East Events

Geo-East: The Ice (and after) in the Eastern Counties

Saturday 18th November 2017, Hills Road 6th Form College, Cambridge

Geology, Landscape, Life and Man: a one day conference

Geo-East are holding their second conference, moving forward in time from their previous one which focussed on the Chalk and examining the Ice Ages in the Eastern Counties. It will cover a diverse range of topics including climate change, palaeogeography and Ice Age rivers, mammalian biostratigraphy, the Fens and their human history and the dramatic opening of the English Channel.

Speakers include: Prof Nick Ashton, British Museum; Dr Steve Boreham, University of Cambridge; Prof. David Bridgland, Durham University; Prof. Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College, London; Prof. Danielle Schreve, Royal Holloway, University of London; Dr Colin Summerhayes, University of Cambridge

Cost £30 including lunch, places must be booked in advance

Courses at the Institute of Continuing Education of University of Cambridge

The ICE holds many interesting courses, at Madingley Hall near Cambridge. The following can be booked now:

.Undergraduate Certificate in Evolutionary Biology Oct 2017 – July 2018 Saturday day schools. Fee: £2,000

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection changed the way that we view the world and our own position in it. Over 150 years later it is still the very foundation of modern biology; a Rosetta Stone by which the morphological and behavioural characteristics of organisms can be interpreted. Come and learn more about Darwin’s amazing idea and cutting-edge evolutionary discoveries.

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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