Alan Dawn 1923 – 2010

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Alan Dawn, President of the Stamford and District Geological Society.


Alan was born into a farming family near Sheffield in 1923. He was educated at the local school and gained a place at Sheffield University to read geography. The second world war, and a call up to the Royal Navy, interrupted his degree, which he gained once peace returned. Alan went into teaching, a career which brought him to Stamford in 1961. His first post was in Stamford and he then moved to Bourne.


A chance meeting in Stamford aroused his interest in geology and he joined W E A classes. His quick grasp of the subject and enthusiasm led to him being asked to take classes himself. Out of this grew the idea of forming a local Geological Society which he and his wife, Pauline, did in 1982. With their interests in Geology; to arrange activities to further such interests; to raise awareness of the sciences in the public generally.


On retiring Alan became involved with Peterborough Museum recovering and conserving fossil remains from the area. Many of these are now on display at the museum at least three of which have been named after him.

His work has been recognised nationally. In 1990 he became the first recipient of The Palaeontological Association’s Award For Amateur Palaeontologists and in 1994 he was awarded the Foulton Medal from the Geological Association.

Alan never forgot that he was a teacher and could always be approached to identify and explain people’s fossil finds, especially children’s.He was regularly asked to give talks to other organisations.


Alan will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Here are a few links you may find of interest giving a brief insight into the life and times of Alan Dawn.

An Introduction to the Oxford Clay – Part 2 : A blog written by Mark Wildman featuring Alan Dawn.

VALE Alan Dawn MERCIAN Geologist VOLUME 17 PART 4 AUGUST 2011

Middle Jurassic Sequence at Ketton by Alan Dawn.

Leedsichthys problematicus Report by Alan Dawn.

The Stamford and District Geological Society photo archives :


Here is a rare insight into some of the work performed by Alan Dawn and various members of the Stamford and District Geological Society .Depicting some behind the scene photos taken in the old workshop at the Peterborough museum and from various digs around the Peterborough area. They are currently being reproduced from slides with quite a few still yet to do. With permission they have been kindly loaned to the society for us to show on our website.
Hope you enjoy them.
If you should have any other slides that are associated with Alan Dawn and the Stamford and District Geological Society. Then I’m more than willing to convert them into photos for our website for all to see and admire.



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