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Patrick Boylan - President 2012-14

The Society's President for 2012 - 2014:  Professor Patrick Boylan


Introducing the Yorkshire Geological Society: get involved in geoscience in northern England

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From the high Pennines.....
- Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park..... (photo: Alison Tymon)

..... to the coast
- Ravenscar cliff, looking towards Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park (photo: Alison Tymon)

Publications: one of the Society's very popular field guides

Find out more about the exciting geology of the region and internationally important developments in the Earth Sciences by joining the Yorkshire Geological Society. You will find a warm welcome at the YGS, and we are actively seeking new members to become involved with the Society.

Benefits include:

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A field meeting at Stainland, W. Yorks.: examining the different Carboniferous sandstones on the moor. Members hear lectures on the latest research: a reconstruction of "fire fountains" of gigantic lava eruptions in Siberia around 250 million years ago, which may have cause the mass extinction of 90% of the world's species.  (Presidential Address of Prof. Paul Wignall, December 2010).  A Yorkshire Geology Month walk in Haworth, West Yorks., for the general public,   identifying and explaining the origins of the many different building stones seen in the village. 


The Society:

YGS Publications:

YGS Geological Information Service:

Membership details and link to application form Proceedings from 1837 Geological and Local Web Links
Officers & Council for 2014
Other Publications and Field Guides Circulars: Index and full texts in PDF from 2003
Presidents and other Officers from 1837 Book and Map Reviews from YGS Circulars Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorks. (full texts)
The Society's Medals, Awards and Honorary Members  



Next Society Meeting: Saturday 11th October, 9.15am to 5.30pm: Full day joint event with Hull College of Art and Design and Hull Geological Society:
Hull College, Queen's Gardens, Hull:

Regarding Dynamic Processes: Shifting Relations between Geology and the Visual Arts, including the opening of the one month exhibition of geological photographs: The Aesthetics of Geology"

Gordale Scar - John Piper

Gordale Scar - John Piper 1943

Download Format and Programme from here (in .pdf)

Download Aims of Symposium and Abstracts from here (in .pdf)

Hull College - Queens Gardens Campus Map (.pdf)

Outline Programme for the rest of 2014:

Saturday 8th November: Afternoon meeting in York (University of St. John): "Geotechnical Engineering Projects in Northern England - a review of current projects and problems)
Saturday 6th December: Afternoon meeting and early evening (Weetwood Hall, Leeds): Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address: "The continuing value of historic palaeontological collections to contemporary research" by the retiring President Patrick Boylan, followed by the President's Reception and buffet dinner.

A new Award marking the 175th anniversary of the Society:The Dr W S Bisat FRS Medal

At the December 2013 Council it was reported that a potential donor who wishes to remain anonymous had come forward offering to fund a new Society award in celebration of the Society’s 175th Anniversary. The Council has agreed that this should be named the Dr W S Bisat FRS Medal in honour of W.S. Bisat, a leading member of the Society for 53 years and President for 1938-40.  Dr. Bisat was a civil engineer by profession who made major contributions of international importance to Carboniferous palaeontology and stratigraphy research as well as to the understanding of the Yorkshire Quaternary.  He was one of the very few amateurs elected as Fellows of the Royal Society during the past century or more. In 1960 he endowed the Society’s first Medal, which the Council of the day proposed to call the Bisat Medal, but this proposal was vetoed by Dr Bisat, and the name the John Phillips Medal was adopted instead.
Council agreed (1) that the new award should have a distinct identity that would not appear to compete or overlap with existing YGS awards and (2) that the Bisat Medal should recognise distinction in the area of applied geology – broadly drawn - and with particular reference to our own area of special interest, i.e. northern England.

After some consultation it was agreed that the terms for the Bisat Medal might be best modelled on those of the Sorby Medal, and the following have been agreed:

“The Dr W S Bisat FRS Medal is awarded by secret ballot of the Council of the Society not more frequently than biennially as:

Council wishes to make the first award of the Bisat Medal at the 2014 AGM in Leeds, and all members of the Society are invited to submit suggestions and nominations of possible candidates to the President, Prof. Patrick Boylan (email: P.Boylan@city.ac.uk postal address: 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF no later than 1st November 2014 so that these can be considered by the Council at its 8th November meeting. Recommendations should be in writing (single side of A4 maximum please) and in accordance with Society practice the name of the proposer should be included in the accompanying email or letter, not in the text of the nomination itself.

Latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 60 Pt. 1 April 2014) on line on the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/current


  • John K Wright, Lewis Bassett-Butt & Margaret Collinson: Fatally bitten ammonites from the Lower Calcareous Grit Formation (Upper Jurassic) of NE Yorkshire, UK

  • Christopher R C Paul: Did Dactylioceras eat fish?

  • M A Whyte and M Romano: First record of the pterosaur footprint Pteraichnus from the Saltwick Formation (Aalenian) of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK

  • C N Waters, D Millward & C W Thomas: The Millstone Grit Group (Pennsylvanian) of the Northumberland–Solway Basin and Alston Block of northern England

    Obituary (Martin Andrew Whyte)


Officers and Council elected at the 7th December 2013 Annual General Meeting

Officers of the Society:

President                                                      Professor Patrick Boylan
Vice-President/President Elect:                    Dr. John Knight
Vice-President                                              Dr. Noel Worley
General Secretary                                        Paul Hildreth BSc
Treasurer                                                     John Holt MSc
Programme Secretary                                 John Knight PhD
Editor                                                           Stewart Molyneux PhD
Web Editor                                                   Professor Patrick Boylan

Officers appointed by Council:

Circular Editor                                              Keith Park BSc
Membership Secretary                                 Christine Jennings-Poole BSc

Other Members of Council:  

David Blythe
Claire Dashwood PhD
David Hill BSc
Dr Earl Haworth TD FRCS
Andrew Howard PhD
Trevor Morse PhD
Camilla Nichol
Bill Paley MSc
Richard Saville BSc
Michael Squirrell BSc
John Varker PhD


Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 5 with free online access to individual YGS members

Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2011 in the Lyell Collection
This notice contains important information that will enable you to access the online.  Please make sure that you retain the address label from the envelope containing your latest YGS Circular– this contains your YGS membership number, which you will need to activate your subscription.
Following the launch of the Proceedings in the Lyell Collection, individual members who subscribe to the journal can now view the entire archive from Volume 1 (1839) online.
Before you can access the Proceedings online, you will need to activate your subscription. To do this, go to the YGS Proceedings subscription activation page:
http://www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic and enter your subscriber ID number in the bottom right hand box.  Your subscriber ID is your YGS membership number,
which is the four digit number shown in the top left hand corner of the address label, with the prefix YGS (e.g. YGS9999). (Ignore the reference to "Institutional Subscription
Access" at the top, and to "payment confirmation letter) "on the bottom line: just put your YGS membership number in the box on the bottom line and press the "submit" button.)
Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B.  In part B, you will need to set your own user name and password, which you will use when you next login
to the Proceedings site in the Lyell Collection. Once you have activated your subscription, you will be able to browse the PYGS archive.
For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
The links to both the subscription activation page and your regular login are live on this YGS Home Page and/or can be copied and pasted into your web browser.


Stewart Molyneux
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society


 Some British Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorkshire to download

In a major new development for the Society, the British Geological Survey (BGS) had made available to the Society's website full facsimile copies (in PDF format, including all illustrations) of some earlier Geological Survey Memoirs, listed below. These are now available for downloading for personal, academic, educational, non-commercial research and other non-commercial use, from the Yorkshire Geological Society website http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/ only. All users must agree to the BGS terms and conditions before downloading each Memoir.
Go to Geological Survey Memoirs index page

Searchable Indexes to 138 years of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (1837-1995) now available on line

The Society has been publishing its Proceedings since 1837, and its many thousands of pages contain a great deal of original research and other unique material relating to the earth sciences, especially in respect of Yorshire and adjacent regions, both also nationally and internationally.  Complete reference sets of the PYGS are held by many leading regional and national libraries including the British Library, the Geological Society LIbrary, and the Society's own library, now part of the University of Leeds Library (which members of the Society can apply to use as a benefit of membership via the General Secretary of the Society).
Over the years the Society has published three cumulative indexes to the Proceedings, but it has been an aim of the Society's Council to make these indexes available on line via this website to help members and others to search and explore the rich resources available in the Proceedings
We are delighted announce that thanks to the generous help of Pinpoint Digital of Winsford, Cheshire, which has undertaken the necessary scanning of the published indexes free of charge, these are now available as searchable PDF files as follows:
Index to PYGS volumes 1 to 25 (1837-1946)
Index to PYGS volumes 26 to 37 (1947-1970)
Index to PYGS volumes 38 to 50 (1970-1995
To access each index click on the appropriate link above to open or download the file. (Each is very large - over 2Mb - so unless you have a fast broadband connection it is advisable to download the files onto your own hard disk, and then search from there.  Whether using an index on line or from a downloaded file simply open the file in  Adobe Acrobat and then use the normal Acrobat "Search" (or "Find") facility.  Any geological term, placename or author name can be used to search each index: Acrobat will then give you a list of occurences in the subject or author indexes, and each occurence is highlighted in colour within ePDF (facsimile) image of the index page. 
Very many thanks to Pinpoint Digital Document Management and Storage Systems for their sponsorship,and particularly John Hatton for his advice and practical assistance.

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Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapethe popular YGS Field Guide, Third Edition

Yorkshire, famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most interesting geology and scenery in England , from the moors to the coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. The influence of the geology on the landscape and on the industrial development in the region is profound.  

This book is a stimulating field guide to twenty-one locations selected to give comprehensive coverage of the geology, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms of the area. Excursions vary from easy half–day walks to longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines; others cover the Dinosaur Coast, famous for its rugged beauty and natural history, and coalfields adjacent to the major cities.

  Aimed at beginners and more experienced geologists, the book includes a general introduction to the area’s geological history, detailed location maps, a full glossary of terms, and details of local museums.

  Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape will be used and enjoyed by all those interested in the geology and natural heritage of this exciting and diverse region, especially the links between landscape and the underlying geology,

 About the Authors: The field guide, edited by Drs. Colin Scrutton and John Powell, has contributions from knowledgeable academics, professional geologists and dedicated amateurs, many of them members of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Together in this book they provide the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to the geology of Yorkshire and surrounding areas currently available.  

Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22 figures.  Price 9.99, plus postage and packing 3.35. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

  Also available at indoor meetings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (no p&p) and from selected bookshops.

Click here for more details, including the full Contents List

A major Yorkshire Geological Society Publication!

Carboniferous Hydrocarbon Geology: the southern North Sea and surrounding onshore areas

edited by

John Collinson, David Evans, Doug Holliday & Neil Jones, 2005

Click here for full details and samples of the full colour illustrations!
Price now reduced to 10 plus 5 p. & p. Cheques should be made payable to Yorkshire Geological Society. Please send your order form to: Dr J H Powell, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG

Important Notice to Members and others:Short Communications: Proceedings and Circular/Web Site

Rapid publication of short papers is common amongst journals, particularly those published weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, as a way of disseminating information quickly on topical or contentious issues, exceptional new discoveries or major developments.   Given its publication schedule, the adoption of such a publication strategy is not appropriate for the Proceedings.  Nevertheless, as a way of encouraging the membership to make more use of the Proceedings, and for that matter the Society’s other vehicles for publication, the Circular and web site, Council would welcome more short communications. Short communications submitted to the Proceedings might include anything for which it would be worth having a permanent published record, for example descriptions of new and/or temporary exposures.  Those intended for the Circular or web site could include more topical or newsworthy items, including brief reports of field meetings, new fossil/mineral occurrences, photographs of interesting geological features with a brief description or the work of RIGS groups. Short communications to the Proceedings should not exceed two published pages, approximately 2,000 words (or equivalents including figures) and will be subject to the normal review and editorial procedures, although a Summary will not be necessary. Please send your contributions in the usual manner to the Editors (see ‘Instructions to Authors’ in the PYGS as a general guideline).

For the A5 format of the Circular (and web site), contributions should be 300-400 words, but can include colour photographs and figures; these will also be subject to editorial review. These items should be sent to the Circular Editor in the first instance (see back page of the Circular for details).

Stewart Molyneux, Principal Editor PYGS
Keith Park, YGS Circular Editor
Patrick Boylan, YGS Web Editor

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New Edition 2004 with minor revisions: price 9.99 plus 3.35 postage and packing

Price £9.99, plus £3.35 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

Click here for further details

Corresponding Societies

(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information)
CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: paul_kabrna@hotmail.com or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria, phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: rosevidler@freeuk.com; http://www.cumberland-geol-soc.org.uk/
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: sec@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Lecture Theatre B3, Biological Sciences Building, University of Nottingham)
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: David Boon, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, daba@bgs.ac.uk
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0272, e-mail: kmgo@bgs.ac.uk. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise, These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
THE GEOLOGISTS' ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/: The schedule of field meetings for 2012 includes the following in the wider YGS region: (For further details and to book places please e-mail or telephone Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Department of Geography, University of Hull, at 7.30 pm. N.B. for security reasons the door is locked at 7.40pm). The Club Nights are open to members of the Society, University Students and interested members of the public. At the end of each of these meeting we will choose the topic or topics for the following meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bring some appropriate specimens, photographs, models or texts to contribute to the evening. The Club Night meetings start at 7-45pm. For further information 'phone 01482 346784. Hull Geological Society Website - http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Anthea Brigstocke (General Secretary). Tel: 01904 626 013: E-mail: lga@brigstocke.myzen.co.uk Field Meetings: Judith Dawson Tel. 0113 270 1069 e-mail: dawsonemail@tiscali.co.uk or http://www.leedsgeolassoc.freeserve.co.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm.
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Joanne E. Norris, 0116 283 3127, j.e.norris @ ntlworld.com; Website: http://www.charnia.org.uk/ Usual meeting place for indoor lectures (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester at 7.30pm, refreshments from 7.00pm.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: secretary@mangrolassoc.org.uk; programme enquiries: lectures@mangeolassoc.org.uk. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: g.r.foulger@durham.ac.uk. Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Room, Science Laboratories Site, University of Durham. See website for more details: http://www.northeast-geolsoc.50megs.com
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com; website: http://www.neyorksgeologytrust.com/: Kathryn Brown,North East Yorkshire Geology Trust, 5 Station Workshops, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO22 4TG Tel. 01947 881000
NORTHERN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Secretary: Dr Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, e-mail: m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Eileen Fraser Tel: 01260 271505 email: fraser@fraserco.co.uk http://www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga/ (usual meeting place for indoor meetings: William Smith Building, University of Keele at 7.30pm
ROTUNDA GEOLOGY GROUP (SCARBOROUGH): contact Sue Rawson, tel. 01723-506.502, email: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk (usual meeting place Room CG7, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough):
SORBY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Ken J Dorning, Geologists Group Secretary, e-mail: geology@sorby.org.uk; website: http://www.sorby.org.uk/
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk http://westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Kendal.
YORKSHIRE MID-WEEK GEOLOGY GROUP: West Yorkshire based informal mainly amateur and retired group that organises monthly field meetings or museum visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Details in regular Newsletters and on the Group's website: http://mwggyorkshire.webspace.virginmedia.com/. Contact: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Alex Keech <yorkshireregionalgroup@gmail.com>

2014: Yorkshire Geological Society c/o Patrick Boylan, 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF, UK.  E-mail: P.Boylan @ city.ac.uk Last updated: 21st August 2014

Web Editor: Patrick Boylan, 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF, e-mail: P.Boylan @ city.ac.uk

(With thanks to Paul Kabrna, the YGS's first Web Editor, for photographs, and the present banner heading and other images, and to Clare Gordon, Librarian, Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, for assistance in maintaining the YGS archive site on the Leeds University server from 1999 to 2007).