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Join us at this year’s Festival of Geology – 4th and 5th November

FESTIVAL OF GEOLOGY - Saturday 4 November 2023The Festival of Geology Returns to London!

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the depths of time as the Geologists’ Association’s Festival of Geology returns to University College, Gower Street, London. The annual highlight of all things geological is back, promising a weekend of excitement and discovery for geology enthusiasts of all ages. With free admission and a myriad of captivating exhibits and activities over the course of the weekend, this event is a must-visit for anyone intrigued by the Earth’s rich history and the fascinating world of rocks, fossils, and minerals.

Fun for All Ages

The Festival of Geology is a family-friendly event. The Rockwatch Team will be running hands-on activities catering to both children and adults, making it the perfect opportunity for a day out with the whole family. Whether you’re a budding young geologist or simply curious about the Earth’s history, there will be something to capture your imagination and help bring geology to life.

Diverse Exhibitors

One of the highlights of this festival is the diverse range of exhibitors who will be present. Museums, universities, and geological societies will be showcasing their collections and expertise. You can expect to find fascinating displays of fossils and minerals, a treasure trove of geological books and maps, stunning entries from a photographic competition, and even the works of talented geological artists, ceramicists, and jewellery makers.

Historical Treasures: Smith and Greenough Maps

This year, the festival boasts a truly special exhibition: two original copies of some of the most important maps in the history of geology—the Smith and Greenough maps. These maps played a crucial role in shaping our understanding of the Earth’s structure and history, and you’ll have the rare opportunity to see them up close.

A Magical Twist: The Geology of Hogwarts

For all the Harry Potter fans out there, you’re in for a unique treat. The festival will feature a special talk on the “Geology of Hogwarts.” This enchanting presentation will explore the geological wonders of the fictional school of witchcraft and wizardry from the beloved Harry Potter series, providing a magical twist on the science of rocks and minerals.

Field Trips to Local Geological Wonders

On Sunday, November 5th, the festival offers the chance to take guided field trips to places of local geological interest. Explore the geological history of iconic landmarks such as the Albert Memorial and the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. These field trips are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Earth’s history in a real-world context. Be sure to book your spot on these trips ahead of time.

How to Join the Festival

To be a part of this year’s Festival, head over to University College, Gower Street, London, on the 4th of November. Remember, admission is free, and the event runs from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you’re interested in joining one of the field trips, make sure to book in advance. For more information and to book your field trip, visit the Geologists’ Association website.

The Festival of Geology promises a weekend of discovery, learning, and fun for the whole family. It’s a unique opportunity to explore the Earth’s geological wonders, learn from experts, and even delve into the magical world of Hogwarts. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!





Author: Helen Connolly

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