Upcoming events of general geological interest in Dorset, and the surrounding region, are listed below.

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group (DGAG), Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire.

For geoconservation workparties, see the DIGS website.

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October 2018

Jurassic Coast Art Exhibition

October 21 @ 10:00 am - October 24 @ 5:00 pm
The Tithe Barn, The Tithe Barn
Symondsbury, Dorset United Kingdom
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Colin Bentley returns with the second year of his three-year artistic collaboration with the Jurassic Coast Trust. This exhibition will be held across four days in October (Sunday 21st – Wednesday 24th) at the beautiful Symondsbury Tithe Barn, just outside of Bridport, and is proudly supported by Symondsbury Estate. Colin will be showcasing a stunning selection of landscapes drawn from the middle section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site between Axmouth and the Isle of Portland, encompassing Lyme Regis,…

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Explore Ebbor Gorge Family Fun Day

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, Ebbor Gorge National Trust Car Park Somerset United Kingdom + Google Map

Fun packed family day of sand pit 'fossil digs’, story-telling, guided walks to gorge and caves and much more to reveal the reserve’s unique geology and rare archaeological finds. With Mendip Hills AONB, SESC, The Mendip Society and Natural England. Family activities/rocks and fossils. Refreshments. Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, ST 520 484. Car park on Priddy to Wookey road. No need to book. An Earth Science Week Event

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Crack Lane Quarry conservation

October 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Crack Lane Quarry, Crack Lane
Langton Matravers, Dorset
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An opportunity to study a geologically and historically important site. In the morning we shall carry out conservation work on this exposure of Purbeck Limestone of the Lower Cretaceous.  This is a shelly limestone (Broken Shell Limestone or Burr) used for building and the famous Purbeck Marble was extracted. Lunch will be taken in Worth Matravers where Mr Charlie Newman will demonstrate how he recreates replica oilshale decorative armlets of the Bronze Age and Iron Age using a pole lathe…

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Festival Finale at Wells Museum: Geo resources in our lives

October 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wells and Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green
Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE United Kingdom
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£15.00

A day of inspiring talks and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks 2018. Speakers include: Prof Chris King “Mining for Diamonds” Doug Robinson (Bristol University) – “Wells City Building Heritage – a 350 million year old story” Other speakers tbc Also: Local fossil collections on display and view the “Mendip Rocks! Box”. Raffle £15 to include ploughman’s lunch, tea and cake. Booking

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November 2018

Bowleaze Cove: An Introduction to Geology

November 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bowleaze Cove Dorset United Kingdom + Google Map
£2.50

This annual visit with an excellent teacher gives a superb introduction to new geology students, and a valuable refresher to the rest of us. This part of the Jurassic coast is of interest for its stratigraphy, fossils, and environmental features. Field Trip (Day) Leader: Alan Holiday Booking

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DGAG Annual Dinner at the Wessex Royale Hotel

November 17 @ 7:00 pm
Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UP United Kingdom
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DGAG Annual Dinner at the Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester. A three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints. Meet at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm. Guest Speaker: Robert Chandler. There is limited parking on site but there is free parking across the road at the County Hall car park. A licensed bar will be available. Menu and booking form is in the Autumn Newsletter or use the online form below. The cost is £27.50 per person. Payment should be made by…

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December 2018

Fossil book signing in Charmouth

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane
Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6LL United Kingdom
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Book signing by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Steve and Craig will be on hand to answer questions about their new book “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the West Dorset Coast”. Authors’ profits go to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre charity.

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Hyoliths: where they fit in

December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Janet Watson Lecture Theatre, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1V 0JU United Kingdom
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By Dr Martin Smith, Durham University. Join us for an interesting and informative evening! Non-members are welcome free of charge. For over 250 million years, the conical shells of hyoliths littered the fossil record, but at the End Permian Mass Extinction they entirely disappeared. In the absence of living descendants, the identity of these enigmatic shells has been a problem. Recently, sites of exceptional fossil preservation have yielded partial impressions of the soft bodies of these organisms. These insights point…

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Christmas Workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Christmas Workshop with buffet lunch at Broadmayne Village Hall. 10.00am-3.00pm Booking required for display tables and/or lunch (£3). If you just turn up you'll still be very welcome but we can't guarantee there'll be lunch for you! It's also an opportunity to renew your DGAG membership at a bargain £12 for 2019.

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Winter Watch: Lunch and walk at Otterton Mill

December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Otterton Mill, Otterton Mill, Otterton
near Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7HG United Kingdom
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With the shortening days comes the first of the annual series of “Winter Watch” days out for Jurassic Coast Ambassadors and partner organisations. The plan is to have lunch at the Mill, a brilliant historic site in its own right and also one of the newest JCT Business Partners  From past experience it is an excellent place for lunch and there will be a space reserved upstairs. You can have a look at their website to whet your appetite! This lunch is a chance…

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