Wednesday, 3 February 2016

February - Forthcoming events

4th February - Bath Geological Society AGM and 'Cotham Marble'
Further details here

16th February - WRGS

24th February - Bristol NATS - Geology section
Thomas Hawkins and his Sea Dragons – a mad, bad fossil collector?
Stephen Locke 7:30pm, Wednesday 24 February
Stephen Locke will give a talk on the controversial 19th century fossil collector Thomas Hawkins. Thomas Hawkins (1810-1889) was the son of a Somerset Farmer/Cattle Dealer who lived at Glastonbury. He inherited a considerable sum of money with which he was able to indulge his passion for collecting fossil marine reptiles from his local area and Lyme Regis. He was undoubtedly a highly eccentric character and was considered by some of his contemporaries to be mad. He wrote several books on the subject of “Sea Dragons” in a style that has been described as lurid. Stephen’s talk will attempt a reassessment of the life and character of Thomas Hawkins who was a fascinating local naturalist. It will be of interest to a wide range of BNS members and previous knowledge of geology will not be required.

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