The Geology of Mordor

Lapworth Museum of Geology - Earth Sciences Building (R4 on campus map)
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Friday 19th (17:00) - Sunday 21st October 2018 (17:00)
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Jon Clatworthy; Museum Director


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The Geologists' Association Annual Conference 2018

'The Geology of Mordor'

Exploring the incredible geology and mineral wealth of the Black Country, that powered the ‘workshop of the world’ and inspired iconic art and literature.

Provisional Programme:

Friday 19th October - Pre Conference - Arrivals
Tours of the recently redeveloped Lapworth Museum of Geology,
University of Birmingham & an Evening informal get together with
the conference team, at a convenient Birmingham Pub

Saturday 20th October:
In the Noble Room, Staff House, University of Birmingham

Lectures & Topics/speakers to date:
Speaker (tbc): People and rocks in the landscape of 'Mordor'
Graham Worton (Dudley Museum): The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark
Dr Lil Stevens (Natural History Museum): Carboniferous flora of the Black Country
Colin Knipe (formally Johnson Poole & Bloomer): Mining and industry in the Black Country
Ben Evans (National Museum of Wales): Conserving Geoheritage in a coalfield - urban area
Dr Will Tattersdill (Univeristy of Birmingham English Litrature): The influence of the Black Country's geological and industrial heritage on literature & art
Professor Paul Smith (Oxford Museum of Natural History): Exceptional fossils, geology and geoheritage inspiring current research
Conference Dinner: At the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Sunday 21st October:
Range of excursions to include:
The limestone geology and fossils of the Black Country (Wren's nest
National Nature Reserve), including a canal trip into the limestone caverns
The Coal Measures geology of the Black Country Coalfield
The Building Stones Tour of Birmingham City Centre

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Registration opens 1st April 2018

Venue: University of Birmingham, The Lapworth Museum of Geology & Dudley Museum