Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Mike Gibson
CT Sampson

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Geology section meetings

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Thu, 21 Dec 2017, 14:30
10 things to know about crystals in rocks
Sue Barker, with appropriate examples, introduces us to crystal habits and how crystals attain those shapes, the formation of crystals from melts, finishing up with a comparison of good and bad crystal structures in a mystery igneous rock!
Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 14:30
bedfordshire’s geology
An Introduction to Bedfordshire’s Geology, a view from across the county boundary by Bev Fowlston MSc from the Bedfordshire Geology Group with examples of rocks and fossils making up the Bedfordshire landscape, bringing that landscape to life.
Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 14:30
scratch, fizz and streak
Minerals are the building blocks on which geology is built. Bob Purser will lead a practical introduction to mineral identification, using examples from our extensive mineral collection. No previous experience necessary. Bring a 10x lens if you can.
Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 09:30
visit to oxford museum of natural history
Visit To Oxford Museum Of Natural History to see geological exhibits from Northamptonshire including William Smith’s unfinished geological map of Northamptonshire. We will be leaving from the Humfrey Rooms at 9.30am. Please sign the list in the Rooms by 14th September or contact Bob Purser 01604 785836,
Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 14:30
fool's gold?
by Sue Barker. An exploration of the role that iron pyrite has played in the evolution of the Earth and its systems and in the development of civilisation. Does this mineral really deserve a name that implies it is intrinsically worthless?
Thu, 18 May 2017, 14:30
the building stones of northampton.
A gentle walk starting at Castilian Terrace visiting the Drapery and Market Square, identifying some of the building stones used over the centuries in Northampton town centre, returning for a cup of tea at the rooms.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 14:30
beeby thompson–the overseas years
In this second talk on the life of the Society’s journal editor for 50 years, we will explore Beeby Thompson’s overseas journeys to Argentina, Peru, Jamaica and Trinidad, and the work of his son Arthur.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 14:30
geological maps – function and beauty
Geological maps tell the story of the ground under our feet. The challenge is how to unlock that story! This talk, illustrated by maps from the British Geological Survey, will introduce some of the principles of geological mapping and celebrate the skill and dedication of the mapmakers.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 14:30
geology section agm and bring and show
A short Section AGM followed by Bring & Show / Help session. Please bring some items or photographs to show us or ask for help with identification? Anything with a Geological connection is welcome. Pebbles from the beach, fossils, rocks, minerals, equipment, maps, photos?
Thu, 19 Jan 2017, 14:30
geological wonders
Some More of “The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders”. Two videos, shown with the permission of the publishers, showing some spectacular Geological sights and sites.
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