The Summer Programme for 2018



.In the warmer months, from April to September, we hold a number of field excursions, usually monthly, involving visits to working quarries, or natural exposures, that may be of restricted access to individuals, where Members can add to their collections, absorb new knowledge of our diverse science, or maybe just enjoy the great outdoors. The excursion Leaders are geologists with specialised knowledge of each particular locality.


This year, our season will start on the weekend that immediately follows on from the AGM in March.


On Saturday 28th March



Colleyweston Slate Mine, Lincolnshire


The Section will be hosted by Nigel Smith, who is the co-Owner and Manager of the recently rejuvenated exploitation of the eponymous Slates.
The Colleyweston Slate is a sandy limestone horizon, above the Lower Estuarine Series, at the bottom of the Jurassic Lower Lincolnshire limestone.

On Saturday 5th May



Alderley Edge, Cheshire


The Section will be advised by Dr Geoffrey Warrington; and led by Members of the local Mine Society.
We will visit two of the mines in the area, each exhibiting different styles of mineralisation of the Cheshire Basin.
Copper-dominated polymetallic ore deposits, in the uppermost part of the Wilmslow Sandstone, but mainly in the Helsby Sandstone, were mined in the Alderley area.


On Saturday 19th May



Must Farm Quarry, Kings Dyke, Whittlesey, Cambs


The Section will be hosted by Andrew Mortlock in the Forterra quarry by Must Farm.
We shall hunt for fossils in the Oxford Clay of the Jurassic Anholme Group