Dayschool - Local Geology

Ref: C3125132

The pioneer researches by Murchison and his fellow border squires, clerics and doctors in the early 19th Century will lead us into an examination of the principal rock types in the county and their contained fossils. The effects of the various phases of the last Ice Age and of later river erosion on the local scenery will also be covered. The day will also include practical work on local rocks and fossils including corals, trilobites, graptolites and freshwater fish.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the main Herefordshire rock types and to highlight the early 19th century development of geology as a science in the county.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the principal rock types in the county and appreciate their geological age in terms of the total age of the Earth.
  • Appreciate that in Herefordshire many of the key principles of geology and geological mapping were first established in the early 19th Century.
  • Understand that each geological horizon has its own unique assemblage of contained fossils.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be useful to bring a reading glass or a small magnifying glass (x10) for examining the fossil specimens. A notebook and pen/pencil would also be useful.,

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Course will be based partially on the new book 'Herefordshire's Rocks & Scenery' published by Logaston Press (2017). Purchase is optional and it is probably best read after the study day.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Dayschool - Local Geology


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