Geology in victorian Bristol: curating the Bristol Institution, 1823 - 1872

Date: 19 October 2017
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

Geology in Victorian Bristol: Curating the Bristol Institution, 1823 - 1872 - Deborah Hutchinson

The early nineteenth century was an extremely important and exciting time in the history of geology. The museum of the Bristol Institution for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts officially opened on Monday 6 January 1823 in a purpose built building on Park Street with some of the great pioneers of early geology directly involved in setting it up.

Many other pioneers of the subject were either frequent visitors or provided astonishing specimens, some that were yet to be described by science. Not so widely known are the first curators, all geologists of note. Who were the men given the important task of caring for and developing the geological collections in the newly established Institution during such a pivotal time in the establishment of the discipline of geology?

This talk will explore Bristol's important role in early geology and palaeontology during the time of the first four curators of the Bristol Institution and the legacy they left behind.

Deborah Hutchinson is Geology Curator at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
E-mail: rhc@uwe.ac.uk

Back to top