Members may be interested to know that former Society Hon. President Roy Starkey will be Bryan Swoboda’s guest on next week’s episode of Mineral Talks Live at 18:00 hrs BST, on Wednesday 3 August. If you are interested in watching the programme please register in advance using the link in the advert.
Archives for July 2022
Field Trip to Dolyhir Quarry
There are a few places available on the Central Branch visit to Dolyhir Quarry on 30 July. Please contact Neil Hubbard if you would like to join us. Neil’s contact details can be found in the Member’s area of the website.
Geology & Natural History Information Boards at Clevedon
The Society have been pleased to help fund and to provide technical support enabling information boards to be erected on Clevedon sea front which highlight the unique local geology. Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust has just issued the following press release:
Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust are very pleased to announce the installation of three public Information Boards on Wildlife, Geology and Minerals. Each Board is supported by a more detailed account of the subject on the Piers web site which can be accessed directly by a QR code on each Board. The Boards highlight the rich landscape, geology and coastal ecology which can be viewed from the Pier and along the beach, including the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) adjacent to the Pier’s toll house.
The Boards were generously funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Geologists Association and the Russell Society and were supported by inputs from Roy Starkey and David Green (The Russell Society), Jonathan Larwood (Natural England and the Geologists’ Association’s Curry Fund) and Mark Ward (Somerset Wildlife Trust). The Geology Board features artwork by Bob Nichols. The Mineral Board was manufactured and designed by Querceus. The Wildlife and Geology Boards were designed by Emily Moran, featuring her original artwork, and manufactured by CE Signs Clevedon. North Somerset Council supported the project and installed the boards.
Further information can be found here.
Inspired by the geology information board local author Peter Gibbs has written the following poem:
Really, Really Old Clevedon
A long, long, long, long time ago
Before we all were here
You would have found our Clevedon
In Southern Hemisphere
But not as we would know it now
No bouncing kangaroos
No surfers out on Bondi Beach
Not somewhere you would choose
Although the sea was warmer then
An ocean tropical
Forming Mendip limestone
Which we see now so tall
Then continents collided
With an almighty crash
I’m sure from many miles away
You would have heard a splash
Mountains formed, then wore away
The climate took its toll
Our place it headed northwards
Towards another pole
The water turned all salty
Our ocean now a lake
Where dinosaurs on holiday
Could take a welcome break
Two-twenty million years ago
Our beaches they enjoyed
Before they were extinguished
By mighty asteroid
Devonian rocks beside the pier
They have a tale to tell
Our time is oh so fleeting
So we must use it well.
Worrying News from the Royal Cornwall Museum
The Society has received the following email from the Directors of the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro to say that the Museum’s major source of funding is to be cut. Many mineralogists will have visited the Museum to see its superb collection of Cornish mineral specimens, including those of the Philip Rashleigh collection.
I am sorry to say we are having to write to share some devastating news with you. We were informed last week that Cornwall Council has cut all its funding to the museum.
This decision will directly lead to the imminent closure of Royal Cornwall Museum and the Courtney Library.
We are still in the process of understanding why, and the decision is even more disappointing considering the great successes we have had over the past two years. You can read more about our recent work here.
We need you to take action and voice your support now more than ever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out. We have drafted an email/letter template you can download here for you to send to your local councillor and/or the MP for Truro and Falmouth, Cherilyn Mackrory You will need to replace anything in square brackets with your own details. If you are unsure who/where to send it to, you can find out who your local councillor is and how to contact them here – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/my-area/
You can also help out if you use social media by posting messages of support, making sure you copy in Cornwall Council and the museum by using the following tags:
Facebook: @CornwallCouncil @RoyalCornwallMuseum
Twitter: @CornwallCouncil @Cornwall_Museum
Instagram: @CornwallCouncil @Cornwall_Museum
This should hopefully only take 10 minutes of your time but it could make a huge difference so we would really appreciate if you could do this for the future of the museum.
Bryony and Jonathan
Bryony Robins, Artistic Director
Jonathan Morton, Executive Director