Guided Walks

I lead 3-4 guided walks each year which are open to the public and organised through bodies such as the Geological Society, the Geologists' Association and London Walks. Upcoming walks are also advertised on Facebook and Twitter in addition to here. If you wish to commission a walk for an event, please contact me via r.siddall@ucl.ac.uk and I'll see what I can do!

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Saturday 1st July
‘Nature Wanders: Urban Geology' A walk for the Wellcome Collection
15.00-16.30 Meet at the Wellcome Collection - more info coming very soon ...
Nature is sometimes seen as rural and remote, but what beautiful, wild, surprising or mundane natural things might city dwellers find closer to home? Join us for a series of walks that will take a fresh look at what nature means. This walk will take in the often overlooked natural history of buildings via building stones. Geology is seen as a field of study that takes place in remote areas but much can be observed in building stones including rock forming processes, minerals and fossils as well as evidence of ancient environments. Take part in this work to discover life in Jurassic seas, the formation of billion year-old deltas in Brazil and the plumbing of ancient volcanoes all in London’s Bloomsbury.

Thursday 6th July
The Stone that Built Hackney
Dr. Ruth Siddall of University College London will lead this walk looking at Hackney through the geology and history of its building stones. From the Medieval building materials used in St Augustine's Tower, through Portland Stone used in monumental civic architecture and Scandinavian granites used to add a touch of class to the classic London pub, a walk along Mare Street reveals a social history of stone use in North London. The walk will end by looking at St Augustine’s Tower, with the opportunity to visit inside and climb the steps to admire the views from the roof. No previous knowledge of geology is required, but be prepared to get up close to stone to spot minerals and fossils!

Free - but please register here.

 

Saturday 21 October 2017
Eastcheap and the Tower: a history of London's building stones
14.30, Meet at Monument Tube Station, Exit on Fish Street Hill for the Monument. London Walks £10/£8


 


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