Following the Cruise of the Betsey, September 2014
Geological Societies of Glasgow and Edinburgh are offering unique opportunity
for young Earth scientists to follow the journey of Hugh Miller in "The Cruise
of the Betsey". On 6 September 2014 Leader, a wonderful old Brixham Trawler built
in 1892 (www.trinitysailing.org/vessels/leader/), will set sail from Oban heading
north for the Small Isles in a one-week voyage in homage to Hugh Miller and his
Hebridean tours, described in his classic book "The Cruise of the Betsey". The
boat sleeps 19 people including 4 crew members, and will be filled with an inter-generational
mix of geologists, geographers, artists, writers, ecologists, storytellers and
historians (including a Gaelic speaker).
The voyage will take the form
of a mobile conference during which each participant will apply their own talents
and interests in celebration of the achievements of Hugh Miller, and the landscapes,
seascapes and cultural history of the Hebrides. The reward for the successful
applicants will be to broaden and deepen their appreciation of Hebridean geodiversity,
but also to gain new and probably unexpected perspectives on the geology, landscape
and people of this beautiful sea-bound realm. The Geological Societies of Glasgow
and Edinburgh will fund up to four berths on the boat for young people (aged 16-30)
studying Earth science, who have a research interest in the area or in a subject
related to Hugh Miller, and a passion for sharing and communicating geology, landscape
and/or Hebridean culture to a diverse audience.
information and application form.
Publications News - March 2014
wide variety of publications are available from the Society, including excursion
guides, leaflets and books of interest. Recent additions include Paraffin Young
and Friends by Mary Leitch and an excursion guide to Gigha published by the Geological
Society of Glasgow. We have just printed the second edition of the very popular
"Assynt - The geologists' Mecca" and it is now available. You can view
a complete list on our website here and it is possible
to order and pay online. However if you live in Edinburgh or are going to a lecture,
it is worth contacting the Publication Sales Officer first to arrange delivery,
Appeal for donations - could you support the work
of the Society?
EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to
ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities.
This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like
particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy
of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional
financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).
year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough
and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred
pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the
amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile
fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting
out on their careers.
We have in the last year organised a project to give
free Rock Boxes to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens
of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing pupils to carry
out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers greatly appreciate access to
these boxes which are now enabling teaching about Scotland's geology to take place
within the new Curriculum for Excellence. So far in 2011-12, over 100 boxes have
been distributed, through generous sponsorship by Senergy, an energy services
company based in Aberdeenshire and indivduals. Each box costs £50, and we
would like to continue to offer them to schools for free. Could you help by giving
a donation - perhaps in lieu of a present this Christmas?
If you would like
to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information
to the Scottish Journal of Geology & Transactions of the Society
archive copies of The Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society 1868-1963
and the Scottish Journal of Geology are now available online at the Lyell Collection
website. The collection is fully searchable and the indexes are free to browse.
Access to the full content of the Journal and the Transactions is available to
members of the Edinburgh Geological Society for free. This involves a one-off,
free subscription activation where you select a user name and password. Note that
this access is available to all Ordinary, Life, Honorary, Distinguished and Corresponding
Fellows; but not to Senior Fellows, Family Fellows, or Associate Fellows (Junior
or Glasgow). Glasgow Associates can get access via the Geological Society of Glasgow.
Go to the subscription activation page (www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic)
and enter your subscriber ID number. This is your four-digit EGS member number
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recent SJG mailing, or you can contact the Membership Secretary - see contact
2) You will then need to select a username and password which
you will use to login and view the journal. Once you've completed the subscription
activation, you will be able to access the SJG site here sjg.lyellcollection.org
or using the link from the main Lyell Collection webpage here www.lyellcollection.org/.
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Family Fellows £10.00; thus
Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
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