Wroxton History of Earth Sciences Conference Saturday June 8, 2019

Oxford Geology Group adds a new event to its stable.

A select gathering of six excellent speakers from Universities, institutions of research and learned societies.

OGG is pleased to announce the Wroxton History of Earth Sciences Conference will take place on Saturday June 8 at Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, Oxfordshire - UK home of Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Wroxton Abbey is a beautiful Jacobean steely home, located not far from Banbury.  The house has hosted royalty, presidents and prime ministers, and was described by Henry James thus:

"Everything that in the material line can render life noble and charming has been gathered into it with a profusion which makes the whole place a monument of past opportunity."


This conference is for anyone interested in the lives and work of those scientists and philosophers who influenced both the study and the practice of geology and related geosciences.

This part of north Oxfordshire, in the heart of the northern Cotswolds, is particularly picturesque and an overnight stay in one of the many local hotels is recommended for anyone who wants to make a weekend of it.

Dr Jill Darrell 

(Natural History Museum)

'Fossils as Rational Evidence: How William Smith used them to make the first geological map.'

Professor Frank James

(Royal Institution)

'Sir Humphry Davy, geology and the Royal Institution.'

Dr Cherry Lewis 

(University of Bristol)

'The Dating Game: One man's search for the age of the Earth.'

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Dr Brian R. Rosen 

(Natural History Museum)

'Charles Darwin's first great theory: Subsidence theory of coral reef origins – proof and disproof.'

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Dr Conseulo Sendino 

(Natural History Museum, London)

'The Hans Sloane fossil collection at the Natural History Museum, London.'

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Dr Leucha Veneer 

(University of Central Lancashire)

'Specimens and speculations: William Daniel Conybeare's ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.'

With your ticket you will receive tea and coffee on arrival, a cooked or salad lunch, full-access to the event and your conference pack.

A return minibus between Banbury Railway Station and Wroxton Abbey is available for this event.  You may pay for your minibus seat when you purchase your conference ticket.

Doors open 10am

All enquiries to chairman@ogg.rocks

The event is to be held at:-

Wroxton Abbey

OX15 6PU



You don't have to be a member of Oxford Geology Group to attend the conference.


  • Tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable.

  • Tickets are only available online.

  • Tickets must be produced on the day of the event either as a printed document or in digital ticket format.

  • We reserve the right to effect changes to the advertised bill of speakers and the programme.