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
Cretaceous plants! Title to be confirmed.

Franziska Norman, CGS Chair

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”.

Saturday 17th March Local History Fayre at Ely Library

Admission is free. Ely Library Local History Fayre booklet

CGS will have a stand as part of our Fen Edge Trail


NatHistFest : the CNHS 99th Conversazione!

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 Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of April. More information 

Admission free. Location is the Department of Zoology (next to the Zoology Museum).

This really is a great opportunity to find out about local wildlife and natural history, and how you can get involved with a wide range of organisations, visit local sites and enjoy learning about the natural world in a friendly, informal and encouraging way.

Exhibition Cambridge University Library

‘Landscapes Below’   until March 29 2018

A Treatise on Diamonds and Precious Stones, 1813, by John MaweCambridge University Library

A box full of diamonds, volcanic rock from Mount Vesuvius, and the geology guide that Darwin packed for his epic voyage on the Beagle will go on display in Cambridge this week as part of the first major exhibition to celebrate geological map-making.

Admission is free. More details here

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:

Treasures in the Fenland mud 25th March 2018  day school. Fee: £95

Dr Nicholas James

Archaeology in the fens.

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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