Welcome to the official website of the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group (DGAG).

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.

Get involved! For geoconservation work parties, see the Dorset’s Important Geological Sites (DIGS) events list.

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October 2019

Earth Science Week 2019

12th October 2019 - 20th October 2019

Earth Science Week is an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. Through public events like geowalks, hands on activities, talks and open days, organisations and individuals aim to raise public awareness of geology and how it affects our lives.

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Holiday Rocks

26th October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Broadmayne  Village Hall. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Please consider telling us about your 'geology on holiday' memories. Let Kelvin or Alan know if you can help.

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November 2019

Dangerous Minerals!

13th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Dangerous Minerals! Lecture: Dr Giles Droop   (University of Manchester, Rtd.) Wednesday 13 November 7 p.m. Dorset County Hall, Admission £5 Please note that this is a change to the original lecture programme. We hope to reschedule 'Sarsens: Troublesome Stones of Dubious Origin' by Dr Stewart Ullyott (University of Brighton, Rtd.) to a later date.

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DGAG Annual Dinner

16th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Hotel Rembrandt, Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU United Kingdom
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DGAG Annual Dinner at the Rembrandt Hotel, Weymouth. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Murden of Dorset County Museum. 7.00 p.m. Booking forms in the Newsletter or contact Kelvin

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December 2019

Telling the Stories of the Jurassic Coast

11th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5
Duria Antiquior

Talk by Sam Scriven, Head of Heritage and Conservation at the Jurassic Coast Trust. Effective engagement is a cornerstone of environmental conservation but the geological stories that can be derived from the Jurassic Coast are seemingly endless in number. Making sense of such a vast and varied repository is a significant challenge - we can't include everything and we certainly can't satisfy all audiences. The Jurassic Coast Trust publication 'Fossils of the Jurassic Coast' and the interpretation framework for the…

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Xmas workshop

14th December 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Saturday December 14th: Xmas workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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January 2020

Offshore wind farms: the importance of geology for renewable energy

8th January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Offshore wind farms: the importance of geology for renewable energy Talk by David Shiston (Atkins) Welcome to the next decade of the Anthropocene and the first DGAG lecture of the year.

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DGAG AGM

11th January 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Saturday January 11th: DGAG AGM, Broadmayne Village Hall. 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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February 2020

From South Georgia to the South Downs

12th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

From South Georgia to the South Downs. Lecture by Professor Rory Mortimore (University of Brighton, retired). The geology of Chalk is likely to feature at some point!

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March 2020

Mid-Palaeocene Hebridean Igneous Province

6th March 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Janet Watson Lecture Theatre, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1V 0JU United Kingdom

Environments and Landscapes during the development of the Mid-Palaeocene Hebridean Igneous Province, NW Scotland. By Dr. Ian T. Williamson If you cannot make it in to London you can live stream through this link geolsoc.adobeconnect.com/ga2003/     This will be live from 6 pm. View/Download  

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The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet

11th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet. Lecture by Dr Joel Davis (ExoMars, Natural History Museum)

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DGAG Events and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

19th March 2020 - 31st March 2021

As the National restrictions begin to relax, we hope to restart many of our planned events, including field trips. All events will be compliant with the relevant COVID-guidelines.  Geologists' Association Coronavirus Action Plan

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Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton

29th March 2020
£2.50

Lower and Middle Triassic Rocks. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders Prof. John Mather and Dr. Jenny Bennett Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events

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April 2020

CANCELLED Portishead

25th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip to Portishead. Leader Alan Holiday. Meet at 10.30 am at the western end of the esplanade at Portishead. Nearest postcode to rendezvous: BS20 7HU.   Then walk SW along the Severn Estuary foreshore looking at Devonian Old Red Sandstone (ORS) sediments with interesting sedimentary structures before seeing a fine example of an unconformity with Triassic breccia over the ORS sediments.   Later, look at the eastern end of the section (Woodhill Bay) where Lower Carboniferous sediments show…

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May 2020

GeoWeek 2020

9th May 2020 - 17th May 2020

Active GeoScience. GeoWeek is a new initiative, launched in 2018, that aims to promote 'active geoscience' via a 'week' of field trip activities taking place across the UK and Northern Ireland between 9–17 May 2020. GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal field trips.

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June 2020

Chichester Harbour

14th June 2020
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader David Bone. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events

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July 2020

Studland

5th July 2020
£2.50

Dorset geology, archaeology and history. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader Kelvin Huff. Further details and booking from Wessex OUGS Events.

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September 2020

CANCELLED Horn Park

6th September 2020
£2.50

Horn Park Quarry, National Nature Reserve and surrounding area. Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leader Dr Bob Chandler. For futher information and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.

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CANCELLED Lyme Regis: Geology and Fossils

20th September 2020
£2.50

Wessex OUGS Field Trip. Leaders: Sam Scriven and Chris Readman. For further details and booking see Wessex OUGS Events.

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October 2020

Sidmouth Science Festival ONLINE

9th October 2020 - 18th October 2020
Sidmouth Sidmouth, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Visit the 2020 Sidmouth Science Festival online for talks and competitions which you can do from home. Learn about fossils, dinosaurs, stars, energy, light, weather, boats, rockets and much more. Race a rubber band car.  Visit the gallery of schools’ art. Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with a female speaker. We aim to excite curiosity in people to explore Science in their lives. There will be family friendly events which are educational as well as fun. Something for all abilities and…

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