Fforest Fawr Geopark Talk by Tom Sharpe

Fforest Fawr Geopark tenth year celebrations kicks off with an illustrated talk by Dr Tom Sharpe to mark 200 years since the printing of William ‘Strata’ Smith’s geological map of England and Wales – an extraordinary world-first! Tomorrow evening , Thursday 26th November at 7pm, Elim Hall on Canal Road, Brecon
Admission: £2 on the door price includes refreshments
tom sharpe

Tom was a geologist employed by Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales until 2013 (another victim of the cuts alas) – he now freelances on an international basis and as often as not is to be found in either polar region providing geological commentaries on board Ant/arctic cruise ships.

Tom was also a founder members of the South East Wales RIGS Group (‘SEWRIGS’) and also a former chair (and other roles) etc of the South Wales Geologists’ Association (‘SWGA’) and remains a prominent and active member. Though the Museum was never formally a partner of the Geopark, Tom has always been a friend of the Geopark and indeed gave a keynote talk during our Geopark Festival 2 or 3 years ago.

Tom had made particular studies of many of the greats of British geology of the nineteenth century and has spoken on these ‘great lives’ on numerous occasions. This year 2015 is really William Strata Smith’s year given the 200 years that have passed since he self-published his map which was to earn him the title ‘Father of English Geology’ (sadly Wales is generally omitted from this epithet but the effect was the same!)


Key things re the event:

  • Where: the Elim Hall on Canal Road, Brecon
  • When: 7pm Thursday 26th November 2015
  • How much: £2 on the door (includes refreshments)
  • Put on by: Fforest Fawr Geopark
  • Why?: to mark the bicentennial of a pivotal moment in the history of geology as a science and as part of a season of events to mark the tenth year of Fforest Fawr as a Geopark
  • Medium: illustrated talk in English
  • What else?: display of glass artwork by local artist Sue Thorne (Talybont-based) – inspired by local rocks and the colours of the geological map
  • Anything else?: Facsimiles of Smith’s map will be on display and also available to purchase on the night

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Fforest Fawr Geopark click here

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