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Mining Lectures

The following are a selection of lectures and courses put on by the Universities of Bath and Bristol and available to the general public.  Unfortunately you have missed one of the best, which included an excellent afternoon's guided tour of the workings of Monk's Park underground quarry after a morning session on the geology of Bath Freestone, but here is a selection of the rest.

THE MINES OF SOMERSET AND THE MEN WHO WORKED THEM

A free lecture by Richad Maggs at the University of Bath from 5.15pm to 6.15pmon Wednesday November 5th 1997 in Room 8 West 1.1

Drawing upon contemporary achieves, photographs and artefacts, the lecture will map the rise of the Somerset coalfield and illustrate life in the communities it supported in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Richard Maggs is Chairman of the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Society.

BATH ROCKS AND LANDSCAPE

A Mathieson BSc Wednesday 3 and 10 June 1998 from 7pm to 9pm at Abbey Church House, Hetling Court, Westgate Buildings, Bath and outdoors on Sunday 7 June 1998 from 10am to 1pm

Tel 0117 xxxxxxxx Fee £16 Course reference S97COO5SIA

Bath Stone forms the landscape of the surrounding flat topped Downs of the University, where it was quarried and mined.  Most of the rocks in the Bath originated beneath the Jurassic Sea, but there were also local mines with evidence of earlier rain forests and traces of volcanoes.

FROM PIG LEAD TO COPPER KETTLES: A HERITAGE IN METALS

J M Day FSA 8 meetings weekly on Wednesdays from 7.3Opm to 9pm starting 8 October 1997 at the Faculty of Law, Room 3.33, Wills Memorial Building.

Tel 0117 928 xxxx Fee £32 Course reference B97H002RC.

Mendip Mining of Lead and its use in the Roman Baths is well known, but Bristol methods of lead production pioneered locally and later adapted to copper in the late seventeenth century lack proper appreciation in their history and archaeology.

MENDIP CAVES: FROM START TO FINISH

Joanna L Wright BSc PhD. 6 meetings weekly on Thursdays from 7.3Opm to 9pm starting 15 January in the Department of Geology, Room G25, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol.

Tel 0117 928 xxxx Fee £24 Course Reference B97FOO5S1.

Caves can be very interesting sources of information - they can preserve evidence of ancient climates, they act as sediment traps, with rare fossils, and they are also important in the water cycle, acting as underground reservoirs.  This short course will explain some of their mysteries.

WEST COUNTRY MINERALS AND MINING

Peter Stanier Day-school in Salisbury 29 Nov 1997 Fee £20 Tel. 0117 9287153 Course Reference W97D014SIA Sorry I haven't got any more details at present!

Might see you at one of more or these?

Chris Smart