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An introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils

05 - 08 November 2020
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Event type:
Endorsed CPD Course, Field Trip
Organised by:
Higham Hall College
Higham Hall College, Cumbria
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The course provides a thorough but basic introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • Practical sessions to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps, with lots from the UK plus many other samples from around the world
  • A morning visit to Keswick Museum to examine a selection of their rocks, minerals and fossils from the UK and specifically the Lake District, as well as John Ruskin’s private geological collection, all of which will be brought out of storage especially for course participants. Although Ruskin is best known as a Victorian philanthropist and patron of the arts, he was also an avid geological collector and writer. He was a close friend of the leading geologist and natural theologian William Buckland, a true, if quirky, pioneer of his day

After the museum visit, the course includes a short afternoon trip through Borrowdale, or another locality close by, to have a brief look at small- and large-scale geological features in the landscape.

Date and time

6.30pm on Thursday 5 November 2020 to 4.00pm on Sunday 8 November 2020


Higham Hall College
Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9SH

Cost and booking information

Course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £345. The non-residential course fee is £244, which includes lunch and evening meal. 

Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course.


Dr Annette McGrath

Venue contact

Convenor Contact

Higham Hall College

Tel: 017687 76276

Dr Annette Mcgrath