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Projects

Every year, in addition to the review of LGS sites, Cumbria Geoconservation gets involved in or leads other local geological projects.

2022 - 2023

Geoweek 2022 May 7 - 15th:  Co-ordinated in Cumbria this year, by the geology team at Tullie House Museum Carlisle and Nationally by University Geoscience UK.

Cumbria hosted a wide range of Geoweek events this year, many led and organised by Cumbria Geoconservation and other local groups.


2021 - 2022

BGS promoted GeoWeek 2021 nationally, including online events, although this year no specific Cumbrian events were organised due to the pandemic.

However the group have been busy reviewing sites that might not have been visited for some time and working with Westmorland Dales on various geotrails.


2020 - 2021

Although GeoWeek was cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic, the draft programme had expanded and has rolled over to 2021. The group was invloved in undertaking some reviews of geological SSSIs for Natural England, and The Westmoralnd Dales Heritage Lottery geology project made signicant progress with 13 new LGS approved, many on publically accessible land. Further work involves new geotrails and web information.


2019 - 2020

GeoWeek 2019: Various events took place all over Cumbria in May 2019. Thank you to Westmorland & Cumberland Geological Societies, Arnside & Silverdale AONB; Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society; Kendal Museum; Tullie House Museum Carlisle; and the many volunteer event leaders.

Radio Cumbria did a spectacular 3 hour session on geology with Geocons Chair John Lackie and Cumberland Geological Society President John Rogers.


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Geocaching for Families at Trowbarrow.

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Rocks of the Auld Grey Town (Kendal)

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Fire and Ice Borrowdale.

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Coppermines industrial and geo-history.

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Tullie House Museum: Designated Outstanding Collection

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Tullie House Museum: Geoweek rock on.

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Kendal Museum: Geology resources.

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Kendal Museum: Explore the collection.

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Kendal Museum: New display cabinets funded by GA Curry Fund.


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Information Board Project at Brown Howe Quarry: Awarding of Certificate of Excellence by the Curry Fund Geologists Association, June 2019.

Certificate of Merit for Cumbria GeoConservation 2019

Geologists Dr Haydon Bailey and Dr Nicholas Pierpoint, President of the Geologists’ Association (GA) of London travelled north to present an Award of Excellence to Cumbria GeoConservation, for their geology project at Brown Howe quarry, Blawith, near Coniston.  An interpretation board clearly explains the geological background to the quarry which once worked a pink rock which appears to be an offshoot from the Shap granite. The board would not have been possible without a generous donation from the GA Curry Fund.  Dr Bailey, Chair of that fund, said that the Cumbria GeoConservation Brown Howe geology project was top of the list of projects that they had funded in 2018. He presented the Certificate to Dr John Lackie, Chair of Cumbria GeoConservation. The certificate will be placed at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust HQ at Plumgarths.


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Certificate. Now displayed at Cumbria Wildlife Trust headquarters at Plumgarth.


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Award presentation, Dr Haydon Bailey, right presents the certificate to  Dr John Lackie, left.


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Brown Howe information board.
Eycott Hill LGS. Explanation of the geology by John Rodgers from Cumberland Geological Society.
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CGC visited Sandside Quarry 2018
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CGC with Marshalls unveiled the information boards at Birkhams Quarry 2017
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CGC visited Storth and related LGS sites 2019