Sunday 31 March 2013

Easter 1916, Bourton, Dorset. Geologists' Association Excursion.

Geologists' Association Excursion Easter 1916 - a page from a GA photograph album.

The image is a page from one of the many GA photograph albums now on deposit at the National Geological Records Centre, British Geological Survey and currently undergoing digitization and cataloguing. The GA 'Carreck Archive' is an amazing resource. It consists of a large number of photograph albums/scrapbooks and many loose photographs and ephemera relating to the GA excursions from the 1890s to the 1970s.

Unlike many other geological organizations of the time ‘Ladies’ were eligible for membership of the Association from its formation in 1858, and as a consequence, many of the early women geoscientists are represented in photographs and signatures. There was also no age limit so children were allowed to join, today a highly popular junior club called Rockwatch carries on this tradition.

Bob McIntosh

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