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Previously advertised special event for A Level students planned for Wednesday 1 February cancelled.

Sadly, we took the decision to postpone the "Your Resources Your Future" event on Wednesday 1 February because we had confirmation that the teachers' strikes meant that one school could not attend and another might not have been be able to. We are looking for a new date still in this term – and try to avoid strike days as best we can.  Information will be available once this has been resolved. 


Saturday 18 February 2023, St Johns Hall and Queens Hotel, Penzance.  RGSC Annual General Meeting.  Details to follow on the 2023 AGM page.


Saturday 18 February 2023 at 2pm - RGSC Annual Address following the AGM,  Alverne Room, St John's Hall, Alverton St, Penzance TR18 2QW

An Alternative Extractive History of Britain: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of UK Domestic Mineral Supply Andrew Bloodworth, Policy Director, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG https://www.bgs.ac.uk/people/bloodworth-andrew/

Geology, geography and human affairs have combined to give Britain a rich mining history which stretches back several thousand years.  Changing technological, economic and social factors means that the character and scale of domestic extraction have varied enormously over this time span. Although domestic mining has had a profound influence on British landscape, economy and culture, this alternative history is often forgotten.  Tin and lead established Britain as a supplier of critical metals across the ancient world. Norman masons utilised huge quantities of dimension stone to build cathedrals and castles. Wooden ships sheathed with copper from south-west England, Wales and the Lakes secured a global empire for Britain in the 17th and 18th Century.  Co-located deposits of coal, iron and limestone were the basis of the first Industrial Revolution.  Aggregates for road building literally formed the foundation of the post-war 'great car economy'. Through the 20th Century, economic globalisation, together with technological and societal changes, led to decline in domestic output of some minerals, notably metals and coal. The British were content to let the global market provide much of their material needs and to export the impacts of mineral extraction to other countries. However, in the 21st Century growing geopolitical polarisation, accelerating environmental change and increasing population means that global competition for mineral resources is intensifying. In the face of this challenge, can indigenous minerals make an increased contribution to our security and prosperity?


Wednesday 15 March 2023, 7pm in person in the Exchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus, TR10 9FE  

(https://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/penrynmap/, parking is free in the evening)

'The Glaciation of Dartmoor'

Stephan Harrison, Professor of Climate and Environmental Change, Geography, University of Exeter jointly with the South Western Branch of the Royal Geographical Society and the GEMS (Geography, Environmental and Marine Science) student society.

Refreshments afterwards.  All Welcome