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*Behind The Scenes Guided Tour at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History*

Saturday March 10, 2018 | 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

A huge welcome to all those reading the description below for the first organised trip for 2018 by the Stamford and District Geological Society


Saturday March 10th 2018 | 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

We have arranged another fantastic opportunity for a guided behind the scenes tour of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. So with that said I’ve put some information together for this event for all those members going. And to those who are not members as yet, but would like to attend as well.

Its free admission to the museum but by supporting the museum as they don’t charge for guided tours behind the scenes, a small donation would be very much appreciated ,I hope this will be OK for those attending. This helps the museum to meet some of the costs that go towards running their educational activities, and ensuring that they can continue to develop new and exciting sessions for visitors.

Depending on numbers of members going (i.e. a group of 15-20) will be split into two small groups, and each small group will get a 45 minute tour of each collection, and then swap over. After the meeting time of 10.30am the tours will be as follows:

1) Eliza Howlett (Head of Earth Collections) will give a tour of the invertebrate palaeontology collections

2) Rob Knight (Collections Manager, Mineralogy and Petrology) will give a tour of the mineralogy and petrology collections


The Museum:

Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo, and the swifts in the tower.

If you are members of the Stamford and District Geological Society then please email Field Secretary Mr Kenny Nye at the email address below to say you wish to attend.

Email: fieldsecretary {at} stamfordgeolsoc.org.uk

If you are non-members and would like to go then please sign up for membership as soon as possible by contacting Treasurer Ms Sheila Martin at the email address below:

Email: membership [at] stamfordgeolsoc.org.uk

Emails are not instant links; please replace the [at] with @ symbol when you type.

Travel to the Museum: the best way to travel to Oxford is by public transport. The Museum is about 15 minutes’ walk from Oxford city centre and 20 minutes from Oxford Railway Station. There are also five Park and Ride car parks (situated on the A40 at Headington; Redbridge at the bottom of the Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington and Seacourt at Botley. There are limited pay and display parking spaces in the side streets around the Museum.

The Park and Ride don’t drop off at the Museum, although it is by far the best way to deal with parking. You can see details here at the link below:


Printable membership form supplied below as well.

This event can usually cater for 15 to 20 persons.

Members should appreciate that they are responsible for their own safety.

The society’s insurance is against 3rd parties.

The SDGS has the right to cancel or reschedule a event with as much notice as possible. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all registered participants will be notified by email and offered to join alternative events or field trips. If a event is cancelled on the day due to unforeseen circumstances the SDGS will not be able to accept responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience resulting from the cancellation.

“The Stamford and District Geological Society are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE. This brings a great benefit to all members. As members will now receive a free quarterly PDF copy of deposits, packed with superb articles on fossils, rocks and minerals as part of their Membership of the SDGS. With newly signed up members also benefiting from this fantastic offer as part of joining the Stamford and District Geological Society.

More information on the magazine and online back articles can be found at www.depositsmag.com, and geological tools and equipment can be obtained from the link below.”



“Also just a quick note to say there will be many more events and field trips to be added very soon “


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Saturday March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PW United Kingdom
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+ 44 1865 272 950