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Geological society celebrates its first 200 years in Penzance

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

Geological society celebrates its first 200 years in Penzance

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THE 200th anniversary of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall (RGSC) was celebrated at the Union Hotel, Penzance last week with a dinner for members and friends.

The president, Neil Plummer, related historical events such as the formation of the RGSC in 1814, the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1818, the Royal Polytechnic Society in 1832 and Camborne School of Mines in 1888.

The formation of the RGSC saw learned papers and transactions published and this led the society to be the oldest geological society publishing papers in the world.

The president announced plans to publish a Bicentennial Transaction to be launched at the society’s next geological event at Penwith College on Saturday, April 12.

The Transaction contains a paper on the life of geologist and scientist, Elizabeth Carne, of Penzance by Dr Melissa Hardie and also The Ecology of Metalliferous Mine Sites in Cornwall by Dr Adrian Spalding.

This geological weekend in April will also feature visits to various sites, spread over the three days with evening lectures including a key note lecture by Professor Ian Stewart of Plymouth University, well known for his television programmes on Geology .

There will also be the premier of an Alan Kent play, written to celebrate the bicentenary of the RGSC.

The dinner culminated in a fascinating lecture by Professor Colin Bristow with illustrations drawn from his life’s work around the world.

The president introduced Professor Bristow by outlining his achievements and announced the award of the William Bolitho Gold Medal, the highest award the society can present for Geological Study and achievement.

The medal was instigated by William Bolitho of Ponsandane in 1895 and was presented at the dinner by Lady Elizabeth Bolitho.

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