IGNITE! Christmas Geology Event at Museum

Ignite Christmas Geology Event at Dorset County MuseumOn Wednesday 9th December, the Museum is hosting ‘Ignite’, an evening of short geology talks by local geologists. Come and join us and enjoy a free glass of warm mulled wine or mulled apple juice and a secret recipe mince pie!

The talks will be:

  • Doreen Smith, ‘Geology of a Railway’
  • John Whicher, ‘New Insights on Sherborne Building Stone’
  • Dr. Trelevan Haysom, ‘Trev’s Shed’ – a tale of curiosities and a chance to guess the identity of some unusual objects from a Purbeck quarry.

This is a lovely opportunity to have a chat and refreshments with the speakers, and newcomers will be more than welcome. The talk starts at 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm) and is FREE of charge, although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.

For further information and other forthcoming events contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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IGNITE! Christmas Geology Event at Museum

Fossil FishA lively Geology group meets monthly at Dorset County Museum throughout the year. In December the meeting will take the form of four quick-fire lectures from well-known local geologists accompanied by a range of seasonal refreshments.

Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to the Christmas event, Ignite! which takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10th December in the Museum’s Victorian Hall.

Speakers on the night include Richard Edmonds, Jurassic Coast Earth Science Manager, Alan Holiday, Doreen Smith and Purbeck stone expert Dr Treleven Haysom. The talks will cover topics from recent storm damage on the Jurassic Coast to the contents of Trev’s Shed.

Free mulled wine or hot apple juice will be provided together with mince pies made from a top-secret recipe. Everyone is welcome – this is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the group in a welcoming and informal setting.

The event is FREE of charge but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

IGNITE! Christmas Geology Event at Dorset County Museum

Geology Display at Dorset County MuseumDorset County Museum has a thriving Geology group meeting once a month for a varied programme of lectures and events. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to the Christmas event, Ignite!, which will take the form of four quick-fire lectures from well-known local geologists accompanied by seasonal food and drink.

Speakers on the night include Richard Edmonds, Sam Scriven, Doreen Smith and Giles Watts; the talks will cover topics from Fantastic Fossils to Shale Gas Extraction.

The talks start at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11th December, but doors are open from 6.30pm to allow time for mulled wine and mince pies. Everyone is welcome – this is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the group in a welcoming and informal setting.

The event is FREE of charge but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs. For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

Prestigious archaeology awards presented in Bridport

Sandsfoot Castle

The Runner-up certificate was awarded to the Friends of the Sandsfoot Castle and Rodwell Trail, for their inspired commitment to conserve the castle and open it for public access.

The Town Hall, Bridport, was the venue selected by the Dorset Archaeological Committee for the presentation of its 2013 awards, given every two years since 1988. The awards were presented on Friday 11th October by the eminent archaeologist Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, of Oxford University.

Maureen Putnam. Chairman of the Judging Panel, summarised the eight nominations, saying that ‘it has been an extremely difficult exercise making our decisions, as all of the entries were for interesting and important projects in Dorset’.

The major award, a wooden bowl made by Cecil Colyer, based on a 12th-century bowl found in Charmouth in 1979, was presented to St Mary’s Church, Puddletown, for a major conservation programme involving the relocation of the important monuments in the Athelhampton Chapel.

The Runner-up certificate was awarded to the Friends of the Sandsfoot Castle and Rodwell Trail, for their inspired commitment to conserve the castle and open it for public access.

For his on-line study of the lost torpedoes of Weymouth and Portland, Ed Cumming was highly recommended.

The Ian Horsey Memorial Award (given in memory of the distinguished Poole archaeologist), was given to Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford, the TV presenter Julian Richards, and Claire Ryley, for leading the archaeological project ‘What’s Under Your School?’

As part of this project, the Young Archaeologist’s Award, was presented to Spetisbury (Hall and Slopers) C.E., V.A., Primary School. The school was given a certificate and a framed map of Dorset, drawn by the author J. L. Carr.

Laurence Keen, OBE, Chairman of the committee, and former County Archaeologist, remarked that ‘I am delighted that eight excellent nominations were submitted. The judges have had to make very difficult decisions. The remarkable fact is that all of the projects came from non-professionals, demonstrating the enormous amount of interest and work being carried out, making sure that Dorset’s superb archaeological heritage is properly examined and appreciated for the benefit of us all. It is especially pleasing that this year we have been able to recognise the involvement of a Primary School. So it should be’.