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A Building Stones Guide to Central Manchester
Third Edition (2014)
Four self-guided walks through the city centre
Now available to purchase

Programme of Indoor Meetings 2017 - 2018

Further information regarding speakers and lecture titles will be announced later in the year.

Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 19:00

Protecting the Geological Heritage of Greater Manchester - Dr Christine Arkwright

Most people have heard of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), which have legal protection as nationally important biological and geological sites, but perhaps not as many know about Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGS). Although not as legally binding as SSSIs, a RIGS designation does give some protection in planning law to examples of the local geology, thus helping to conserve the geodiversity of that area.

Within the Greater Manchester area there are huge depths of sedimentary strata from Carboniferous to Triassic in age, including many examples of plant and animal fossils, sedimentary features, tectonic structures and surface geomorphology, all of which is your local geological heritage. This talk will explain how the GMRIGS Group is trying to protect that for future generations, our progress up to now and plans for the future.

There is also an associated field trip on Saturday 1 April

Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 19:00

Title tba - Prof Ernie Rutter

Saturday 18 November 2017 at 13:30 - The Broadhurst Lectures: Deep Earth Matters

Saturday 9 December 2017 at 13:30 - Some Aspects of Planetary Geology in the Solar System

Saturday 13 January 2018 at 13:30 - Flying Fossils

Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 19:00 - AGM followed by Presidential Address

Date and speaker tba - Joint meeting with Manchester Geographical Association

Unless otherwise stated, all lectures are in the Williamson Lecture Theatre, Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester.