YGS LogoYorkshire Geological Society: Membership

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Brimham Rocks - a popular Millstone Grit (Carboniferous) outcrop
(Photo: Paul Kabrna)

The Society and the geology of Yorkshire and the North of England

Few regions of the world have contributed as much to the geological sciences as Northern England. Here the combination of classic geology and an active scientific community promotes vigorous geological enquiry and debate.

Foremost among the region's scientific societies is the Yorkshire Geological Society which, since 1837, has been, and continues to be, an internationally recognised scientific organisation with an interest in all aspects of geology, principally in Northern England and adjacent areas. Whilst its findings are mainly of national and interest, many have had major repercussions across the geological sciences.


Our members have a very great range of training, interests, expertise and age and come from the whole spectrum of society. Though the membership includes leading academic and professional earth scientists and institutions interested in our region, including many overseas members, we welcome and value equally everyone with an interest in our field, or who wish to learn about it, including active amateur geologists and mineralogists, teachers, students and anyone else who wants to find out more about the geological history and conservation of our region.  We regard our diversity and friendliness as our principal assets.  The members annually elect the Officers and Council which runs the Society between annual general meetings.

No qualifications are required for membership and there is no entry fee.

In addition to our meetings (see below) members enjoy the use of the Leeds University Library, where the Society's 175 year old library is housed, receive discount rates on publications (including those of other societies) and have the opportunity to contribute to specialist groups and fieldwork projects.  The Society also has close links with a number of local geological societies and groups across northern Engand, and regularly works with these in its programme of scientific and field meetings.


The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society is a twice-yearly scientific journal which communicates the findings of a wide range of geological research of either general geological interest or (especially) relating to the North of England region. The Proceedings are distributed free to all but Associate members, and both Ordinary and studnet Members have free online access to the complete run of the Proceedings from 1839.  All members are also informed of the Society's programme and   business, the programmes of associated organisations, and more general geological news, through regular Circulars, and through the Society website at: http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/  The Society also publishes books and booklets on relevant topics from time to time.


We operate through a programme of meetings at venues across Northern England. These are attended by members and visitors alike and are used to disseminate the findings of recent research or to review important subjects of current interest.

In winter months our monthly meetings are held indoors and usually consist of lectures given by members or invited guest speakers. They cover a wide range of subjects from mineralogy or palaeontology to planetary geology. A varied summer field meeting programme ranges from excursions designed specifically for beginners to those demonstrating the latest scientific research in our area. .

Periodically we convene conferences on a topic of relevance to Northern England. This is often done in conjunction with one of a number of other societies with whom we work closely.


Categories of membership and annual subscription, due on the 1st January for 2014, are as follows:

ORDINARY........................................... 33.00

ORDINARY (over 65).............................23.00

STUDENT.............................................. 15.00

ASSOCIATE.........................................  13.00

To cover administrative expenses a surcharge of 2 is levied if renewals are wholly or partly in arrears after the end of February. (This surcharge does not, of course, apply to new members applying after that date)

Though payment by cheque or international bank transfer are possible, the preferred method of payment is Direct Debit, as this greatly simplifies administration and costs for the Society and is simpler for members as your subscription is automatically renewed unless you cancel this. The first subscription payment by new members is normally by cheque, but on admission to membership you will be sent the appropriate form in the hope that you will complete this for use in future years.

Gift Aid:

Providing you are a United Kingdom income tax payer it would help the Society if you would also sign a Gift Aid declaration. This enables the Society to recover the tax you have paid in earning the money you have used to pay membership subscriptions at no cost to yourself. (Indeed there can be a modest tax advantage to the member in some circumstances.)

How to join:

The Society's Membership Secretary is: Ms Christine Jennings-Poole, 6 Wolsey Drive, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1SY, tel. no. 01642 365 316 e-mail:  chrisjpoole@hotmail.co.uk

Click here to download an application form (in .rtf format)

Last revised 26th October 2013