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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A Geologist’s Christmas Carol

Back in the depths of the Little Ice Age, lived a cruel, cold-hearted man called Professor Ebenezer Lapworth. Ebenezer owned a geotechnical engineering firm called ‘Scrooge’s Slope Stabilisation’ and employed a significant workforce. However, his employees worked for pittance; they had no holidays for fossiling and defiantly NO coal in their stockings! The Black Country [...]

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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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The life and times of Dr Fossil

  This weeks blog is an extract from the newsletter of the Black Country Geological Society entitled ’The Dudley Bug’ in which we have produced a special edition world exclusive report. Little has been known about this man of science…that is until now! Over the past few months we have tracked down the elusive Dr Fossil to explore his [...]

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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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Stuck in the Mud!

On Saturday 28th January the Black Country Geological Society headed south for a chilly fieldtrip to two fossil rich quarries in the Cotswolds. The geologists gathered excitedly at the first quarry, where Dr Neville Hollingworth was waiting to brief us about the local geology and what wonders we may find. Finally everyone arrived and I anxiously listened [...]

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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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A rollercoaster day of geology

This is a light hearted extract from the newsletter of ’The Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 208 August 2011. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. Dr Nick was a geologist by trade; wherever he went he studied the rocks surrounding him. One day his [...]

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The Black Country Geological Society Needs You!

For geology enthusiasts in and around the Black Country, the local Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) is a great way to get involved with current geological issues. The BCGS hold indoor meetings once a month (October to April) at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional geologist, a student [...]

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Local Geology Societies

Most areas across the UK have got some form of geology society, whether it is a field group who go on regular field excursions or a group which holds both indoor and field meetings. Joining one of these societies is an inexpensive way of gaining more geological knowledge through the organised talks and events and [...]

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