2019 Events

Sunday 5 October

Geoconservation Day at Riddlesdown Chalk Quarry

Organised by the London Geodiversity Partnership in conjunction with the London Branch of the Open University Geological Society and City of London Corporation. Liam Gallagher will guide on the geology.

The large Riddlesdown Chalk Quarry south of Croydon in the North Downs is the best location to examine chalk in the London area. Rory Mortimore drew up conservation plans some years ago and the City of London Corporation, who own the site, have implemented them very constructively including building steps up the spoil heap to examine one of the faces in detail.

Inevitably vegetation tends to take over, despite employing goats, and rock falls from the cliff face have made the steps unusable. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 the London Geodiversity Partnership made the quarry the focus of its geoconservation efforts and will do so again this year in conjunction with the London branch of the Open University Geological Society. We will be advised and assisted by the City of London rangers. As before there will be an explanation of the geology of the site.

The day will start promptly at 10 am and finish about 4. We will ask you to bring a packed lunch, stout gloves and boots and visi-vest if you have one. City of London Corporation will supply tools and tea/coffee.

If you are interested, register with Alan Wilson at LOUGS and he will send full details nearer the time:


Oct 8
AGS Meeting:
The Geology of Norway: Fjords, Fossils and Larvikite Chris Darmon (Editor: Down to Earth magazine)
7.30 pm (talks begin at 8 pm) in Church End Baptist Church Hall, 1 Stanhope Ave (off East End Road). Finchley, London N3 3LX

Monday 14 October 10.30am
Earth Science Week Geotrail along the anomalous ‘River Neckinger’ led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership 

The geowalk will be along a crescent shape beginning at the Oxo Tower and finishing at St. Saviour’s Dock, both on the South Bank of the River Thames. The route has been described by some as the ‘River Neckinger’ but in reality it is only the final portion from Bermondsey Abbey to St. Saviour’s dock that can lay claim to the name. Along the way we will examine the evidence for the various water ways that have been joined together in the past to make a semi- circular route.

Meet by the River Thames next to Oxo Tower at 10.30am (TQ 3132 8058). The walk should finish by 4pm at the only remaining inlet relating to London’s ‘Lost Rivers’, St. Saviours Dock. We will stop for lunch at Elephant & Castle where there is a choice of cafés. The route is flat and almost entirely on pavements.

No need to book, just turn up.
Any enquiries:


Nov 2
Geologists’ Association Festival of Geology
University College London

Free event for everyone interested in the Earth and its origins. More details.

Nov 3
GA Festival Geowalk along the Thames towpath from the Barrier to Greenwich.
More details.

Nov 12
AGS Meeting:
Magnificent Minerals in Thin Section (Dr Anne Padfield)
7.30 pm (talks begin at 8 pm) in Church End Baptist Church Hall, 1 Stanhope Ave (off East End Road). Finchley, London N3 3LX


Dec 7
North London Mineral, Gem & Fossil Show
10am-4pm at Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 7NN
(Junction of A598, A1000, A1003) near Tally Ho Pub and Arts Depot

Dec 10
Famous Women Geologists Dr Chris Duffin (NHM)
7.30 pm (talks begin at 8 pm) in Church End Baptist Church Hall, 1 Stanhope Ave (off East End Road). Finchley, London N3 3LX