Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society
Welcome to the HHGS Web Site
Last updated 15/05/15 9:20 AM
The Society was formed in 1973 by a number of enthusiasts who had met at local evening classes. The aim of the Society is to advance public appreciation of geology by observation, discussion, field studies, research, illustrated talks and exhibitions.
Membership has grown steadily to about 100 and embraces all age groups from 16 years upwards, regardless of gender or race, and includes those with widely diversified interests.
This picture is from our field trip to Languedoc, France in 2003.
THE SOCIETY ALWAYS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS, WHATEVER THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT. VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS AND YOU CAN JOIN THE SOCIETY THERE.
We have a lively program of Meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Cavendish Pavilion, Eastcote, Middlesex. Expert speakers give illustrated talks on all aspects of geology, and answer all our questions afterwards. The evening finishes with refreshments and informal chat.
Member's children, aged 14 upwards, can attend meetings when accompanied by an adult. Visitors are welcome for a small donation to the society.
This picture is from our lecture on Ocean Drilling
We also have a good Field Trip program to suit all tastes. These vary from one day trips to a weeks holiday in congenial company. We have even organised very successful trips to Europe.
Members also have the opportunity to participate in field trips, at home and abroad, organised by the Geologists' Association, the Natural History Museum, London University Extra-Mural Department and other Societies and organisations.
This picture is from our field trip to Hampstead Heath.
Children of Members are allowed on some field trips when accompanied by a responsible adult.
Exhibitions at locations throughout the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon, and elsewhere, give members an opportunity to display aspects of their particular interests and their collections. Displays of the Society's activities and 'hands-on' tables are also set out. These events attract many visitors from the general public and from schools.
This picture is from our Organic Gems collection.
A substantial and growing library of books, maps and periodicals is available at the monthly meetings for loan to members.
The Society assists in the clearance and preservation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) eg the SSSIs at Harefield and Harrow Weald, and of Regionally Important Geological sites (RIGS). HHGS also gets involved in 'emergency rescue' collection when a geological site is about to be lost to quarrying or burial.
HHGS has published Building Stones Trail Guides for Harrow, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Eastcote and Pinner and, also, a guide to the Pinner Chalk Mines. These are available from the Society.
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