100 Years of the Geology at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

When its doors opened on Wednesday 12th December 2012 the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery (DMAG) celebrated 100 years of geology being on display. For centuries geology has played an important role within the Dudley area and to the local community. According to current DMAG Keeper of Geology, Graham Worton, ‘The 100th anniversary will kick [...]

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Memories of the Dudley Earthquake, Part 2.

Over the past ten years there have been several rock and fossil fairs in Dudley, but no more events like that of September 2002. So what do people remember about it? Readers of the BCGS newsletter were asked to send in their memories of that night. Many of these were similar to the accounts the [...]

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Memories of the Dudley Earthquake, 22nd/23rd September 2002

I had not been a member of the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) for long and was enjoying my first Dudley rock and fossil fair on the weekend of the 21st / 22nd September 2002. However, what happened as Sunday night passed into Monday morning made the weekend most memorable. During the night I sensed [...]

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Open Hertitage Day tour – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Heritage Open Day tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery was given in three parts, the first part was led by the Collections Manager, Rachel Lambert-Jones. Rachel took us down to the Resource Centre where they hold some of their stored collections of approximately 1800 objects including fine art, sculpture and their weird and wonderful items [...]

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The language of the quarryman

At the same time that scientists were beginning to differentiate and name rock units, the quarrymen working deep in the mines underneath Wren’s Nest would have developed their own naming system for the rocks they encountered. Working by candlelight, their names would have been based on basic features and the look of the rock. Experienced [...]

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Dudley down under

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society newsletter, October 2010. Sorting out the loft turns up some interesting things, and in my case files of old geological leaflets, notes and letters. One email I recently discovered related to my interest in the final destinations of superb Silurian fossils originating in Dudley, mostly [...]

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Erratic ice of the Black Country

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Newsletter 210 December 2011. In many of the articles I have read about local glacial erratics, there arise the problems related to age; which glaciation was responsible for their transport and deposition. I thought that with a few days concentrated research I might throw [...]

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We are the Champions!

In 2008 the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust (H&W EHT) received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund the Community Earth Heritage Champions project, an initiative to select key geological sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and involve local people in their ongoing maintenance and promotion. Additional funding was also obtained from [...]

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Birth of the Black Country

Why does geology matter to the Black Country? In this blog we investigate the historical importance of the area in relation to the mineral wealth below the ground, and the early pioneers who began the industrial development. The Black Country is an area located just to the northwest of Birmingham right at the heart of [...]

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BCGS set the standard for Style

Join the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) and you too can look as cool as this! Last year the BCGS had an extremely interesting lecture by Dr Imran Rahman of the University of Birmingham entitled ‘Seeing inside the stones’. This talk revealed the new cutting edge techniques using hospital CT scans of fossils (mostly very [...]

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