Manchester Geological AssociationFounded 1925
Newsletter - December 2009PDF version (2 Mb) of this newsletter
EditorialThis should reach you in time to say Happy Christmas. I hope that this year has been good for you. We certainly have had a rich programme of geological events, and these continue in the New Year thanks to the efforts of our various organisers, speakers and leaders.
In January we have an afternoon in the Precambrian, February brings the AGM and our President’s lecture, “Various Volcanoes” and our last indoor meeting is a joint one with the Geographical Society.
January is also time to pay your subscriptions.. Please help Fred Owen by paying promptly. If you sign a standing order you won’t forget!
The proposed visit to Newfoundland with Joe Macquaker is postponed till 2011, but in the meantime John Nudds has offered to take a group to North Germany, in May. Contact Marjorie Mosley if you are interested in going, ASAP.
The Herdman Symposium in Liverpool , the Shell lecture and GEMS Seminars in Manchester are all aimed at students, but MGA members are welcome and will find them very interesting.
Most of you will already know that our very dear friend and Honorary Member, Fred Broadhurst, died in October. He will be greatly missed by many. many folks; Derek Brumhead has written a lovely tribute to him.
With all good wishes for the festive season and 2010.
Mary Howie, MGA Newsletter Editor
MGA visit to North Germany
Greater Manchester RIGS GroupFor the past few weeks, Sue and I have been compiling a spreadsheet containing brief details of each of the 700 geological site records held in the Manchester Museum. This list was requested by Greater Manchester Geological Unit and will be circulated by them to all ten Greater Manchester Authorities and any other interested parties.
Research on the Victorian geology trail in Rochdale Cemetery is progressing very well.
Marjorie E. Mosley, Secretary, Greater Manchester RIGS Group
In Memoriam - Fred BroadhurstDerek Brumhead has written a tribute to Fred.
The Building Stones of Manchester UniversityMarjorie Mosley has written a report about the field trip to see the Building Stones of Manchester University and its environs
Matthew Jones (aged 13) is now a regular on our field trips and at our meetings (he makes his Mum and Dad come along too!) He has sent us his account of the Building Stones day.
Study Tour to the Swiss AlpsProfessor Paul Selden and a swiss colleague, Danny Stockli, are leading a study tour to the Swiss Alps from 22nd May 2010 to 5th June 2010 centred on Luzern, Zermatt, Wengen & Locano.
Details are on Paul's website
Geology Courses in Lyme RegisThe Natural History Museum is joining together with the Field Studies Council, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and Lyme Regis Development Trust to offer a range of natural science courses operating from the town in February and March 2010.
Check out their website for details of some super courses. (I can personally recommend FSC courses as being very good value for money. Ed.)