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Here is the full programme of events, colour coded for ease of reference (workshops, fieldtrips, visits, exhibitions and the symposium):

Most activities required registration in advance, and a small charge was levied to help defray the costs of room/vehicle hire, catering and associated organisational costs.

All took place in Ludlow unless otherwise indicated in red.

All information was given in good faith. However, we reserved the right to amend or cancel events in the published programme at any time due to circumstances outside our control.

Exhibition Mon 30 April - Mon 2 July 2007: Rocks Rock: 200 years of geological research in the Marches, in Hereford Museum & Library - organised by Herefordshire and Shropshire county museum services

Fieldtrip Thurs 12 - Sun 15 July 2007: Field excursion on Geology, Landscape and the Picturesque in the Marches, based at Lucton School (nr Leominster) - 3-day residential programme organised by Robert Williams and Andrew Jenkinson in association with the Shropshire Geological Society visiting Church Stretton, Downton Gorge, and Hergest Croft; day participation rate on request

Exhibition Fri 3 Aug - Sat 27 Oct 2007: The ground beneath our feet: 200 years of geology in the Marches - in Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, organised by Herefordshire and Shropshire county museum services

Workshop Fri 3 Aug 2007: A geological collage - help us to make a collage of South Shropshire's geology - organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service

Workshop Fri 10 Aug 2007: Fossil stencils and masks - making fossil stencils and masks and linking these to a local geological map - organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service

Workshop Fri 17 Aug 2007: Fossil moulds, models and painting - make your own fossils and decorate them to take away - organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service

Workshop Sat 18 Aug 2007: Rock and Fossil Road Show, in Leominster - organised by the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Geology Section in association with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust

Fieldtrip Saturday 18 Aug 2007: Field excursion to Wenlock Edge and Titterstone Clee Hill - organised by Geo Supplies Ltd

Fieldtrip Sunday 19 Aug 2007: Field excursion to see the rocks and fossils of the Onny Valley, nr Craven Arms - organised by Geo Supplies Ltd

Workshop Fri 24 Aug 2007: Rock detectives - a chance to be a scientist and investigate the properties of rocks - organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service

Fieldtrip Sunday 2 Sep 2007: Field excursion to The Malvern Hills - organised by Geo Supplies Ltd

Exhibition throughout Sep 2007: Early geological studies in the Marches - in the Castle Square Museum, Ludlow, organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service based on the posters prepared by John Fuller for the Geological Society of London's History of Geology Group meeting

Fieldtrip Wed 5 to Fri 7 Sep 2007: Field excursion to Ironbridge - organised by the Geological Society of London Bicentennial Programme

Fieldtrip Sun 9 Sep 2007: Underground open day at Snailbeach mine - organised by the Shropshire Mines Trust

Visit Wed 12 Sep 2007: Guided tours of the geological collections at the Ludlow Museum Resource Centre - organised by the Shropshire County Museums Service

Symposium Thurs 13 Sep 2007: The ground beneath our feet: 200 years of geology in the Marches - organised by the Shropshire Geological Society and the West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society of London, comprising five sessions of lectures on the themes of:
  * The mark of distinction: local character shaped by landscapes and building stones

  * The Marches in the past: on the edge of a lost ocean
  * Geology in the community: evolving perceptions and realities
  * The Ice Age: on the edge of a glacier
  * The future for geology in the Marches
 

Fieldtrip Fri 14 Sep 2007: An historical re-enactment of a notable Victorian field excursion, starting from Aymestrey - organised by the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Geology Section

Fieldtrip Sat 15 Sep 2007: An overview from Caer Caradoc for newcomers of the landscape and geology of Shropshire, starting from Church Stretton - organised by the Shropshire Geological Society

Fieldtrip Sat 15 Sep 2007: Field excursion to the Malvern Hills contrasting 19th century scientific understanding with 21st century field mapping techniques - organised by the Geological Society of London Bicentennial Programme

Talk Mon 17 Sep 2007: Building Stones of Ludlow, showing why geology is of such importance to the wealth and character of the town, to be held in the Bishop Mascall Centre, Ludlow, 7.15 for 7.30 pm - organised by the Friends of Ludlow Museum

Fieldtrip Fri 21 to Sun 23 Sep 2007: The annual field meeting for professional researchers concerned with the Silurian, studying the area east of the Tywi Anticline between Builth and Llandeilo - organised by the Ludlow Research Group - register before 15 June in order to secure accommodation

Fieldtrip Sat 22 Sep 2007: Fossils and landscapes along Wenlock Edge - organised by the Shropshire Geological Society

Exhibition Sat 22 to Sun 23 Sep 2007: Rock and Fossil Festival to be held at the Concert Hall, Dudley - organised by the Black Country Geological Society

Exhibition Mon 24 to Sat 29 Sep 2007: Land of Our Fathers: a geological history of the Old Welsh Basin from the beginning to the present, drawing attention to the geology of the Central Wales Orefield to be held at the Minerva Arts Centre, High Street, Llanidloes - organised by the Mid Wales Minerals, Fossils and Geology Club, affiliated to the Geologists' Association, in association with the Welsh Mines Society and Central Wales RIGS

Bickfest (one-day symposium) Sat 29 Sep 2007: A Lode of History, drawing attention to the mineralisation and mining within the Central Wales Orefield to be held at Mellington Hall Hotel, Church Stoke, Powys, SY15 6HX, on the border of South Shropshire and Montgomeryshire (Powys) - organised by the Welsh Mines Society in celebration of the late David Bick

Responsibilities and organisation

Each event has been organised by one of the member organisations comprising the Steering Group for the Marches Festival of Geology 2007, as indicated in the above table.

If you wish to make contact with the member organisation concerned, please click here for contact details.