'Mr Smith's Remarkable Maps'

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Mr Tom Sharpe FGS Geologist Lyme Regis Museum and Cardiff University
Type Lectures & Talks
When 30 Nov 2015, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price No tickets are required
For Bookings Contact Diana Thurston 0116 259 7471

William Smith, son of a blacksmith, worked at one of the older mines on the Somerset coalfield. As he observed the rock layers (or strata) at the pit, he realised that they were arranged in a predictable pattern and that various strata could always be found in the same relative positions. In 1815 he published the first geological map of Britain. It covered the whole of England and Wales and parts of Scotland. Mr Sharpe will talk about William Smith's life and the difficulties he had with the recognition of his work. This is a joint lecture with the Geology Section. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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