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Library Events

The Library holds a number of special events throughout the year which are open to both Fellows and members of the public alike. Each event is inspired by items from our important historical collections and brought to life by an invited guest speaker, generally a Fellow of the Society who is an expert in that field.

Follow the links below to find out about our past events.

Fossil Woman

Mary Anning and the Men of Learning, with author Tom Sharpe

Our first virtual event was a talk by Tom Sharpe FGS, author of The Fossil Woman: A Life of Mary Anning

Tuesday 9 March 2021

GSL Library  

Courtyard Late 2019: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Library

A chance to see rooms of the Library not normally open to the public

Friday 19 July 2019

Carbon drawing class at Geological Society Library  

Carbon on Carbon: Carboniferous Drawing Class

Two charcoal drawing classes led by artist and geologist Emma Jude

Wednesday 3 April & Thursday 9 May 2019
Gold Rush Library Event  

Gold Rush! A geological time-travelling treasure hunt

A fun treasure hunt around our building to learn about the geological timescale

Friday 27 July 2018


The Colours of Geology

Three special talks as part of the Burlington House Courtyard Late 2017

Friday 11 August 2017

GSL Library Event - F is for Fake  

F is for Fake

An evening celebrating two of history's most infamous geological hoaxes

Thursday 6 April 2017
Poster - Military Geology  

Cross Channel Invasion! Military Geology in 1940 & 1944

Colonel Edward P F Rose returned to talk about the work of geologists during WW2

Thursday 29 September 2016

GSL Library Courtyard Lates

Maps, Meteorites, Mary Anning & the Missing Link

Our geological salon as part of the Burlington House Courtyard Lates evening

Friday 15 July 2016

SIBERIA! Geological adventures in 19th Century Imperial Russia  

Siberia! Geological Adventures in 19th Century Imperial Russia!

A talk by Nick Fielding, with Russian tea and an archive display

Thursday 28 April 2016
Delineation poster

Delineation of the Stratification of Rocks

Vis à vis an elementary class on the expediencies of a proper understanding of geological sections

Thursday 3 December 2015

Moon Poster  

First Geologist on the Moon

A special screening of Harrison Schmitt's "Apollo and the geology of the Moon"

Friday 23 October 2015

Bedford street 300   

The Geologists' House

The remarkable work of William Smith, 'Father of English Geology'

Thursday 9 July 2015

Smith Map enhanced   

William Smith Bicentenary 2015

Find out what the Library did to celebrate 200 years of the first nationwide geological map

Ghosts of Museum Poster   

Ghosts of the Museum

An Elementary Class on Fossils and How to Draw Them

Thursday 6 November 2014

Geology Wester Front Poster   

Restaging Lt Col Tannatt Edgeworth David's 'Geology at the Western Front'

A lecture on geology and warfare by Colonel Edward P. F. Rose

Thursday 10 July 2014



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