Stanway in Colchester

Fossils - Before the Deluge

The 'Before the Deluge' Group looks at fossils from the earliest formations to those that are more recent.

Understandably, having collected for about sixty years I have quite a range of material for members to look at, from micro fossils to a Mammoth molar! From time to time I link in with the fossils an outline biography of leading pioneer palaeontologists, both those that were professional, as well as those described as 'amateur' whose work was often highly significant.

The meetings (which I hope are not too heavily academic and which aim to be both friendly and fairly informal) usually commence with me covering the subject of the day, such as 'fossil plants'. Currently I use an overhead projector but will be changing over to a laptop/TV combination soon. Group members are encouraged to bring along their own finds for (hopefully) identification/discussion. Later on in the session we look at examples from my collection which helps to illustrate the topic of the morning. Where I can I like to include a 'mystery object' for the group to unveil.

The occasional field trip is arranged. One of our last trips was to the Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge to see its famous collection of fossils, and we hope to visit a local gravel quarry fairly soon to see what we can find.

The monthly meetings are held on Mersea Island on Wednesday mornings with due account being taken of the Strood tide levels!

If you would like to know a bit more about this Group please use the Bluebird contact button at the side of the page to send an email to the Group Leader.

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Books - Non-Fiction Books - Readers Digest
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History - Military Indoor Games - Backgammon
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