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The Friends exists to support and encourage the development of the museum, and promote and publicise the collection to a wider audience.
Membership of the Friends is open to all. Our members benefit from:
- Talks on topics relevant to the museum and its collections.
- Tours behind the scenes at the museum and the conservation unit to see parts of the collections not normally accessible to the public.
- Guided visits to places of geological interest.
- Social events including a garden party and an annual dinner with a reception in the Museum.
- Newsletters to keep members informed about events and activities.
- Exclusive previews of new exhibitions.
- Opportunities to become a volunteer and be involved in the work of the Museum.
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EVENTS AND LECTURES 2013/4
Unless otherwise stated, events will be held in the Department of Earth Sciences
(entry below the Sedgwick Museum). Parking is available on the Downing
Site during these events, with access from Tennis Court Road. At events
held in the Department, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 6:15pm,
and the event will start at 7pm. At most events we will invite donations of
£2/head for members and £3/head for non-members towards expenses and
the support of the Museum.
Contacting the Friends
Some of the events listed require pre-booking or pre-payment. Talks do not normally require this, unless you are thinking of bringing a group. Visits often do require pre-booking so that numbers and logistics can be sorted out.
Please print the Booking Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Pre-payment should be made by cheque made out to the "Friends of the Sedgwick Museum", and sent to the "Friends of the Sedgwick Museum", Department of Earth Sciences, Downing St., Cambridge CB2 3EQ.
Pre-booking and other communications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to email@example.com, or phoned to 01223 333400. The Friends now have a mobile phone on 07754 592439 which will be switched on for 90 minutes before the start of each event, and kept on for 2 hours.
September - December 2013
Committee Meeting, Tuesday 17th September.
Visit to Hereford and Malvern in the Welsh Borders
Tuesday-Thursday, 1-3 October.
Please print the Booking Form
Jean Currie has been planning the arrangements for our visit to this varied area between Hereford and Worcester that has been classic Border terrain in the history of British geology. We shall base ourselves in and around the market town of Ledbury, where an introductory talk will be given by Dr. Paul Olver on the Tuesday evening, and the group Dinner will be held on the Wednesday evening. Paul and local colleagues will lead us throughout, starting on the Wednesday with a visit to see Hereford Cathedral, its building stones, and a chance to visit the Mappa Mundi. In the afternoon we will visit the Woolhope Dome after a pub lunch. On Thursday, we will visit geological localities in the Malvern Hills, where new work has been leading to much greater understanding. Many of the Welsh Borders localities are being managed under a very successful local community-led “Champions scheme”, from which we hope to learn lessons to help conservation efforts in East Anglia. The party will disperse on the Thursday afternoon.
The registrar for this visit is Margaret Sanderson, 157 High St., Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1NL for further contact after initial booking, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please book with Margaret, using the standard booking form that comes with this Newsletter, and enclosing a booking deposit of £10. On booking, people will receive details of possible accommodation, but will be responsible for their booking of it. Other details will be circulated to all who have booked, and further payment will be required to cover the leader’s expenses, hand-out information etc. In the Hereford-Worcester area, we plan to hire one or two small buses to ease parking and navigation problems. Transport to and from the area can be by train from Cambridge (via Birmingham) or by private car. Please indicate on the form if you would be interested in our hiring a bus for people who would prefer not to make the journey from Cambridge by car (c. 3 hours) or rail (4-5 hours with a change)
New ideas about the structure and movement processes of the Deeper Earth.
Tuesday 22nd October 2013, 6.15 for 7.00pm
Dr Arwen Deuss (University of Cambridge
Forensic Geology in the fight against crime
Tuesday 29th October 2013, 6.15 for 7.00pm
Dr Andrew Moncrieff (Hawkins Ltd, Cambridge)
Geologists’ Association “Festival of Geology”, University College, London
Saturday 2nd November 2013
Evolution of the Flora of Western Australia
Tuesday 19th November 3013, 6.15pm for 7.00pm
Dr Ken McNamara (Sedgwick Museum Director) has spent much of his career in Australia and has wide interests in evolution
Friends’ Christmas Party
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 6-8 pm
Varied buffet supper, provided by Sue and Ken Rolfe and Margaret Sanderson, with a background of lively student stories.Friends raffle (please bring contributions). Please use a copy of our booking form (attached and on our web-site) to our registrar Carol Franklin, 273 Wellbrook Way, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0GL email@example.com
to help us get our catering numbers right. Please send a cheque for 7 per head when registering, to cover the cost of the refreshments, or let us have 9 per head at the door, if you cannot register ahead.
January 2014 - October 2014
Committee Meeting, Tuesday 7th January 2014, 6 pm
Talk on “The Shale-Gas Revolution”
Tuesday 14th January 2014, 6.15 for 7.00 pm
Dr. Neil Davies (University of Cambridge)
Experimental Geology Practical Session (Hands-on Geology)
Tuesday 4th February 2014, 6.15 for 7.00 pm
Another of Mike Tuke’s popular classes, this time on the “Dating of Geological events”. Please book ahead by telephoning Mike on 01480-457068 by 27 January.
Talks on “Impact of Climate Change on Ocean Chemistry”
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 6.15 for 7.00 pm
Joanna Kerr and India Weidle (University of Cambridge)
Talk on “What are Ophiolites? Dramatic relicts of plate-scale Mountain building
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 6.15 for 7.00
Dr Alan Smith (University of Cambridge)
Annual Sedgwick Anniversary Dinner, Downing College
Thursday 20th March, 2014, 7.00pm for 7.30 pm
Speaker and costs to be announced, booking from January 2014 onwards. Registrar: Marjorie Veale, 176 Green Drift, Royston, Herts, SG8 5BL firstname.lastname@example.org
Week-long visit to Almeria, South-eastern Spain
Tuesday 1st -8th April 2014
We are proposing to arrange a group visit to an area of unspoilt mountain and coastal scenery in South-eastern Spain that is full of very varied geography, geology, wildlife and history. This area has been visited for many years by student geological parties from the UK, including Cambridge ones, led by Peter Friend. We plan to limit the party to about thirty people who will all stay in Holiday Property Bond’s exceptionally comfortably arranged “Pueblita de Alfaix” near Mojacar.
We estimate that the total cost for the week will be about £600 per person, with flights to Spain costing about £200, ie. a total of about £800 per head. The exact final cost will depend on when we can make the airflight bookings and the exchange rate at the time, but we plan to secure the lowest fares by making our bookings by the end of September. Please secure your bookings by sending the enclosed booking form (which has further information on the reverse) to Paul Rutter (123 Raedwald Drive, Bury St Edmunds, IP38 7DG) sending him a cheque for £200 per head, made out to the “Friends of the Sedgwick Museum”.
Committee Meeting Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, 6 pm
Provisionally: May-October 2014
Dates and booking arrangements to be confirmed in the next edition of the Newsletter (No 28, Spring 2014)
Rock identification, using the building stones of central Cambridge
Sunday, 18th May 2014, 2.30 pm, Sedgwick Museum outside steps
Cars may be parked on the Downing Site, during the tour, entrance from Tennis Court Road, using right-hand barrier gate, pressing “Visitors” button. Led by Peter Friend, who will provide an overall classification of rocks using features visible in the buildings stones. This will complement the “Cambridge Geology Trail” booklet, available in the Museum.
Evening Visit, The early history of the Cam River valley and its first settlements
Tuesday 17th June (date and timing to be confirmed)
Dr Steve Boreham and member of the Cambridge University Archaeology team working on the NW Cambridge Development project. Parking at the Madingley Road, Department Brighton Building, to see Sedgwick Museum archive material on local Quaternary collections and collectors, and visit the Travellers Rest Pit (SSI)
Friends Review Evening and Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 24th June 2014, 6-7.30 pm
Two day visit to South Wales
Excellent bed-rock exposures of Silurian, Old Red Sandstone, Carboniferous and Mesozoic rocks are exposed particularly along the coast of South Wales. South Wales midweek, two-night trip weekend in late September or early October, meeting for talk on Friday evening, having 1 ½ days of field visit, with Dinner on Saturday night, and dispersal of group on Sunday.
Details and registration will be circulated in Spring Newsletter 2014.
Committee Meeting, Tuesday 7th October 2014, 6 pm
The Friends visit Cwm Idwal in North Wales (Summer 2003), retracing the steps of Sedgwick's field trip with Darwin in 1831.