Reading Museum - William Smith Bicentenary Display

Tue 19 May - Sun 26 July

BGG celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of William Smith's geological map.
William Smith is known as the 'father of English geology', and this display looks at his revolutionary maps as well as local sites of geological interest.

Sinkholes and Crown Holes

BGG Chairman Clive Edmonds talks about the spate of sinkholes and crown holes that occurred during the wet winter weather this year. To listen to this short talk follow this audio link.

Next Event

20 June 2015
Newtown Road Cemetery, Newbury
Meeting point: The entrance , Newtown Road, Newbury. SU 4703 6615

This is an opportunity to look at the gravestones and environment of the extensive Newtown Road Cemetery in Newbury. This was consecrated by the then Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, in 1850 after the existing burial areas had become full. The cemetery lies just to the south of the town centre and on the junction of the sandy Reading Formation and the London Clay. The cemetery was closed except for accompanied access in 2000 and since 2009 the ‘Friends’ group have been a partner in the documentation of the site and recording the monuments and wildlife.

About us

Chalk MicrographThe Berkshire Geoconservation Group is a volunteer group which works with local authorities, landowners and the general public to safeguard our special landscape for future generations and to promote understanding of its geology and geodiversity.

We designate sites of significance within the county so that these can be conserved and enhanced where appropriate. We also produce a Local Geodiversity Action Plan which identifies actions to be taken over a five year period. Blackwater Gravels This aims to guide the conservation and interpretation of the geological features of Berkshire.

If you are interested in any aspect of geoconservation please consider joining BGG. Even if you do nothing else with the group, by simply becoming a member you will be making a big difference. Membership is free and all members receive news and information about our activities.

Over the year we have a regular programme of walks to areas of geological interest and anyone is most welcome to join us. If you would like to suggest a walk of interest then please do so. We are always happy to give talks to local groups about the geology of the area.

Contact us if you would like more information.