Conferences and Meetings

Friday 9 - Saturday 10 October

Building Stones
British Geological Survey, Keyworth


Building Stones in the UK have faced a decline in usage over the last century. Combined with the loss of many quarries to brownfield development this has led to a review of the state and supply of Building Stone in industry.

Presenters from the English Stone Forum, the British Geological Survey, academia and Industry will come together at this conference to discuss the future for the building stone industry in the UK.

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Conference Activities/Timetable

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09:20 Welcome to BGS, H&S + outline by Leanne Hughes

Session 1 - Chair: Steve Parry

09:30 Rocks and stones: curating urban geology by Ruth Siddall 10:15 Local distinctiveness in the building stones of West Sussex churches by David Bone
10:40 The amazing Devonshire marbles: re‐discovering the greatest British ornamental stone by Gordon Walkden

11:05 Coffee

Session 2 - Chair: Emily Tracey

11:40 British building stones and The Geological Survey: 175 years and counting by Steve Parry
12:05 Small blocks of embellishment: using polished stone collections by Monica Price 12:30 The Stone Cycle' ‐ A story of dimensional Stone from creation to creation by Iain Kennedy

12:55 Lunch and geological walkway

Session 3 - Chair: Gordon Walkden

2:30 The Global Heritage Stone Initiative by Brian Marker
3:15 The building stones of the Pennant Sandstone Formation (Carboniferous) of South Wales ‐ an appreciation. By Graham Lott + Rhian Kendall
3:40 Using SIGMA to map building stone types by Emily Tracey

4:05 Tea

Session 4 - Chair: Ruth Siddall

4:30 Raising awareness of geology using town trails by Cynthia Burek
4:55 Maps, Measures and models of building stone use by Tony Brook + Roger Cordiner

5:20 Closing comments ‐ President

Saturday Fieldtrips

The building stones of Nottingham

Local walk and tour, including exclusive access to Nottingham Broadmarsh caves in the morning. These caves are some of the most significant of their kind with Ancient Monument status. In the afternoon we will visit other city centre monuments, churches, halls and buildings with a focus on the building and facing stone used in construction. Led by Tony Waltham and Graham Lott

The Devonshire marbles of Birmingham

This building stones trip including interiors of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - perhaps the best Devonshire Marble interior in Britain. The Town House and Birmingham Cathedral marbles, art and stained glass. Led by Gordon Walkden

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Abstract deadline: 1st June

We would welcome posters.

They must be A1 portrait size and abstracts must be sent to Sarah Stafford by 1st June:


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