Geology and London

Course Dates: 26/04/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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.


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. You are welcome to bring in sample rocks/stones for discussion and identification.

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?

HS165 Science guest lecture: Dr Richard Knight - the geology of the Arabian peninsula
HS024 Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils
HS117 The geology beneath British landscapes

See also the London studies and walks programmes within Humanities.


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Review by Nigel Andrew / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
This course will make you stop, look and think as you walk around London. You will start to see how London has been shaped by its geology and people. You will also understand why there are so few tube lines in South London.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
Great course
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Review by Peter Kennedy / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
Come on this course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/04/2019)
It is interesting as it combines geology with archaeology.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/04/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Charles Clarke Tutor Website

Charles Clarke grew up in the midlands of Ireland and currently resides in Central London. He became interested sciences from an early age, eventually pursuing a career in archaeology, human evolution and the geological sciences. He successfully comleted a B.Sc. in Applied Archaeology at the Sligo Institute of Technology in 2011 and graduated with a M.Sc. in Palaeolanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University College London Institute of Archaeology in 2012. Over the years he has conducted work in Spain, France and Germany on various Late Pleistocene archaeological sites ranging in age from 120,000 years of age to 23,000 years of age. He began work as a commercial archaeologist in the UK in 2017 and has continued in this field to the present day. He still finds time to teach a number of courses at City Lit and enjoys talking about all aspects of archaeology, geology, palaeontology and palaeoanthropology.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HS023

Sun, day, 26 Apr - 26 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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