Come and join us at the

virtual Festival of Geology
6th and 7th November 2021

Come along and explore the exhibitions, discover geological shops, meet local groups and take part in a virtual and real field trips. We will have live talks from leading scientists and there is lots more to discover in the 2021 Virtual Festival of Geology.

Sunday 7th November at 11am

GA Real Urban Geology Walks

Booking Essential £5 per person

1. The City of London Cemetery: stories in the gravestones

Led by David Cook and Wendy Kirk

The City of London Cemetery came into being in 1856 because of severe overcrowding in the graveyards of the city. The 200-acre site shows the changes in funerary culture from magnificent Victorian monuments in granite, marble, or limestone, to the modern municipal lawn grave system. Some of the most notable monuments are those where the occupants of 38 City churchyards have been re-interred here in Manor Park.

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2. Geology & Urban Geology in Walthamstow Forest

Led by Ruth Siddall

This walk looks at the bedrock geology and building stones of Walthamstow Forest. It examines the geology of the London Clay and the overlying Woodford Gravels and their importance in the brick making industry. The route then goes south to Hollow Ponds to examine the ochreous sandstones and gravels on the Boyn Hill Gravel Member. The walk will also take in some of the monuments and memorials scattered through this southern end of Epping Forest.

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3. Kensal Green Cemetery: in search of famous Geologists and Engineers

Led by John Henry (HOGG) and Diana Clements (LGP)

2020 was the 200th anniversary of the Geological Society’s first geological map of England & Wales, and part of Scotland, masterminded by George Bellas Greenough, and rivalling William Smith’s earlier 2015 map. His tombstone is in Kensal Green Cemetery. The graves of the John Rennie and Karl Konig, first President of the BGS, Henry De la Beche, and the engineers, Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel will be included in the route with the vFOG theme of Climate Change, weathering of tombstones will be addressed.

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Sunday 7th November at 11am

Real Urban Geology Walks are also being organised around the country by some of our local societies.

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10.30 - 11.30 Professor Michael Benton from University of Bristol "The Permian-Triassic Hyperthermal Crisis: How Heat Kills

11.30 - 12.30 Eur Ing Brian RL Catt "More Powerful Than We Imagined? - Can Submarine Volcanoes Change Climate?"

14.00-15.00 Dr James B. Riding " What has pollen ever done for us? (or palynology in the service of man)"

You only need to book one festival talks ticket per household and it will be valid to attend any or all of these exciting lectures.

Take part in the live Break out Rooms and find out more about the GA, meet the members and catch up with colleagues. Plus we will be discussing geoconservation issues and identifing your fossil finds.


  • Coffee and Chat with the Geologists Association
  • Fossil Identification
  • Geoconservation Issues and Quaternary Research

This is a separate ticket to the festival talks. You only need to book one Break Out Rooms ticket per household and it will be valid to attend any or all of these interactive meeting spaces. Timings to be announced nearer the event.

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Venture into our interactive Discovery Room. With the much anticipated return of the Rockwatch Challenge and live activities throughout the day, this is sure to inspire the next generation of geologists!


10.00 – 11.00 Pebble Spotting with Clive Mitchell of the British Geological Survey.

Clive will be running this activity live and linking it to his new book where appropriate. “The Pebble Spotter’s Guide” by Clive Mitchell.

11.00 – 12.30 The Geological Collectors’ Workshop with Caroline Butler and Colleagues of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

14.00 – 15.00 ‘Exploring the Ice: Climate change in the Arctic’ a live activity from the UCL GeoBus with Amy Edgington

The Discovery room tickets are separate to the festival talks. You only need to book one discovery room ticket per household and it will be valid to attend any or all of the activities.

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