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The ground beneath our feet:
200 years of geology in the Marches

 Thursday 13th September 2007

 Ludlow Assembly Rooms

 Hosted by the Shropshire Geological Society in association with
the West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society of London

 

Purpose

The year 2007 saw a number of anniversaries of significance to the geology of the Marches:

The one-day symposium on Thursday 13th September 2007 was the core event of the Marches Festival of Geology, in celebration of these anniversaries.

Symposium Programme

The structure allowed for two 25-30 minute presentations in each session followed by 15-20 minutes for questions and discussion.

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.

9.00-9.15am (setting up from 8.30am)

Registration and setting up

Tea/Coffee available

Venue: Level 2, above Entrance Foyer, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Mill Street

 

9.15-9.45am

Opening Session: Welcome Address: The ground beneath our feet

Chair: Prof Michael Rosenbaum, Chair of the Steering Group for the Marches Festival of Geology 2007

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Marches Geology for All - an introduction to 700 million years of earth history in Shropshire and Herefordshire

Dr Peter Toghill, Vice Chair of the Shropshire Geological Society

Time: 9.20-9.45am

 

9.45-10.45am

Session 1: The mark of distinction: local character shaped by landscapes and building stones

Chair: Colin Richards MBE, Conservation Officer South Shropshire District Council

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Local character shaped by landscapes

Dr David Lloyd MBE, Research Advisor and former Chair of the Ludlow Historical Research Group

Time: 9.50-10.15am

 

 

From the Ground, Up: vernacular building stones in a border landscape

Andrew Jenkinson, Countryside interpreter and Projects Officer for the Shropshire Geological Society

Time: 10.15-10.40am

 

10.45-11.15am

Exhibition and Refreshment break

Poster displays and Exhibition

Tea/Coffee available

Venues: Level 2 Bar (drinks), Rear of Main Auditorium (posters), Museum (exhibition)

 

11.15-12.30am

Session 2: The Marches in the past: on the edge of a lost ocean

Chair: Chris Rayner, Chair of the Shropshire Geological Society

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Palaeogeography of the Lower Palaeozoic

Dr Robin Cocks OBE, former Keeper of Palaeontology at the Natural History Mueum, London, and President of the Geologists Association

Time: 11.20-11.45am

 

 

The Silurian Herefordshire Lagerstatte: a unique window on the evolution of life

Prof David Siveter, Professor of Palaeontology and Chairman of The Micropalaeontological Society, University of Leicester

Time: 11.50-12.15am

 

12.30-1.30pm

Exhibition and Lunch break

Poster displays and Exhibition

Light buffet lunch for those who registered in advance

Venues: Oscars (lunch, tea/coffee), Level 2 Bar (other drinks), Rear of Main Auditorium (posters), Museum (exhibition)

 

1.30-2.45pm

Session 3: Geology in the community: evolving perceptions and realities

Chair: Dr Paul Olver, Vice-President of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Geology in the community: evolving perceptions and realities

Harriett Baldwin, Parliamentary Candidate for West Worcestershire, and Philip Dunne MP, Member of Parliament for Ludlow (in absentia)

Time: 1.35-1.45pm

 

 

Geological pioneers in the Marches: from Robert Townson (1799) to Roderick Murchison (1839)

Prof Hugh Torrens, Emeritus Professor of Historical Geology, Keele University

Time: 1.45-2.10pm

 

 

Challenges for the geoscientist: an international perspective

Prof Rod Stevens, Head of Sedimentology and Quaternary Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Time: 2.15-2.40pm

 

2.45-3.15pm

Exhibition and Refreshment break

Poster displays and Exhibition

Tea/Coffee available

Venues: Level 2 Bar (drinks), Rear of Main Auditorium (posters), Museum (exhibition)

 

3.15-4.00pm

Session 4: The Ice Age: on the edge of a glacier

Chair: Adrian Collings, Chair of the West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

The Ice Age Legacy in North Shropshire

David Pannett, Field Meetings Officer for the Shropshire Geological Society

Time: 3.15-3.35pm

 

 

The Ice Age in the Marches: Herefordshire

Dr Andrew Richards, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust

Time: 3.35-3.55pm

 

4.00-5.00pm

Session 5: The future for geology in the Marches

Chair: Prof Michael Rosenbaum, Chair of the Steering Group for the Marches Festival of Geology 2007

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Future avenues of research in the Welsh Borderland

Prof John Dewey FRS, UC Distinguished Professor of Geology, University of California Davis

Time: 4.05-4.30pm

 

 

The future for geology in the Marches: a BGS perspective

Dr David Schofield, British Geological Survey Regional Geologist for the West Midlands and the Marches

Time: 4.30-4.55pm

 

5.00-5.15pm

Closing Session: 200 years of geology in the Marches

Chair: Dr Paul Olver, Vice-President of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club

Venue: Main Auditorium

 

 

Closing Address

Lawrence Banks CBE, Great Grandson of Richard William Banks who hosted Murchison at Hergest Croft on his epic visits to the Marches

Time: 5.00-5.15pm

 

5.30-6.30pm

Reception

The day ended with a reception in the John Norton Gallery kindly hosted by the Friends of Ludlow Museum.

 

Exhibition

10.30-17.00

The John Norton Gallery in Ludlow Museum hosted a display of items of local geological interest, including the cross sections prepared by Murchison for his lecture to the Ludlow Natural History Society in 1854, delivered at the Mechanics Institute that used to be located nearby. The Museum is located beneath the lecture hall but the entrance is outside, accessed from Castle Square.

Responsibilities and organisation

The Symposium was hosted by the Shropshire Geological Society in association with the West Midlands Group of the Geological Society of London.