Geology and London

Course Dates: 14/04/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Charles Clarke

Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.

Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.


What is the course about?

London has a remarkable geological history and has much to offer to the geology enthusiast. This course highlights the effect that geology has had on the development of London’s landscape and buildings.

What will we cover?

This course will cover the following:
1. The rock types of Greater London

2. The landscape which results

3. Development of London’s urban landscape

4. The buildings and visual results.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. Identify the three key rock types and list their characteristics,
2. Summarise the impact of the rock types on the landscapes and built history of the city and the landscapes within London
3. Identify the stone used in the key buildings selected in the course
4. Compare and contrast some of the qualities of key buildings in London.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all; no previous knowledge or special skills required. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.You will also need an open mind and a willingness to listen to other points of view in order to participate constructively in the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Interactive illustrated lecture; practical examination of rock specimens; group discussion and question and answer.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS130 Science guest lecture by Richard Knight : the geology of Kazakhstan – where East meets West

See also the London studies and walks programmes within Humanities.

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Book your place

Course Code: HS023

Sun, day, 14 Apr - 14 Apr '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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