The UK's Nationwide Geology Club for Children

‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History
Mar30

‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Fascinating ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit.  Briefed in the main hall then off to explore the areas the public don’t usually get to see.  Rockwatchers spoke to real palaeontologists and found out what work they do.  Inspiring!

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Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Mar07

Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford

From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries.  This exhibition in the Weston Library at the Bodleian has eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork charting how understanding of volcanoes has changed over the millennia. Some of the most spectacular volcanic activity is in the exhibition: the 79AD eruption of...

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Call to Students!
Feb21

Call to Students!

Older Rockwatcher may well be interested in a Student Conference being held by the Geologists’  Association (GASS)  at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London on Friday 19 May.  It’s an all day event aimed at undergraduates with talks and posters.  It’s a chance for the public, industry and academia to meet the next generation of geoscientists!  The keynote speaker for the day is Professor Iain Stewart, Director of...

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Adela Breton Exhibition in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Jan24

Adela Breton Exhibition in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

In your latest copy of Rockwatch magazine (Issue 74 pages 8/9) you’ll see the wonderful work of Adele Breton (1849-1923).  She was an unusual Victorian gentlewoman who travelled around Mexico studying the country when most of the women of her day were tied to the home.  Anthropology and the ‘new’ science of geology captured her interest and she spent her time travelling, exploring cultures and landscapes, often...

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Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail
Jan10

Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail

A dinosaur tail complete with its feathers has been discovered trapped in a piece of amber.  Even though these aren’t the first to be found, earlier specimens have been difficult to definitively link to their source animal.  This tail consists of eight vertebrae from a juvenile preserved in 3D with microscopic detail.  Professor Mike Benton from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, former President of the...

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Dippy the Diplodocus is on the move!
Nov22

Dippy the Diplodocus is on the move!

Dippy the Diplodocus is about to begin a tour of the country – visiting a cathedral, a parliament or a community centre near you! Since 1905 Dippy has been living in the main entrance hall of the Natural History Museum and has delighted visitors ever since, but now it’s time to be seen outside the capital. Dippy is a replica of a near-complete Diplodocus carnegii skeleton uncovered in the western USA in 1898. King Edward VII saw...

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