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William Smith Folded Maps

The Library is now selling folded copies of William Smith's 1815 map of England and Wales

William Smith Online

William Smith Cross-Section

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History's collection of William Smith's maps, papers & diaries, digitised & available online.

William Smith Bicentenary

William Smith (23 March 1769 - 28 August 1839)

In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales.

Smith’s map made a seminal contribution to the understanding of the ground beneath our feet and by showing the location of coal, iron ore, clays and other raw materials quite literally fuelled the industrial revolution. By using fossils Smith was able to establish a relative chronology which allowed him to identify strata of the same age and to show where they occur at the surface.

In his centenary history of the Geological Society, Horace B Woodward, (1908) describes the map as “a work of genius planned and executed single handed” and it would be remiss if the bicentenary of its publication passed unnoticed.

In 2015, a number of organisations are joined together for year-long programme of events celebrating this milestone.


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William Smith Meeting 2014:
The Future of Sequence Stratigraphy: Evolution or Revolution?

22 - 23 September 2014

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference

Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society William Smith Lecture

06 February 2015

Venue: Redwood Centre, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN

  • Lecture
  • Evening meeting

William Smith and his geological advances as expressed through his work in Yorkshire

14 February 2015

Venue: Lecture Theatre B3, The Biology Building, University of Nottingham

  • Lecture
  • Social event

Yorkshire Philosophical Society Lecture: William Smith, Father of English Geology: his maps

03 March 2015

Venue: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, York

  • Lecture

Liverpool Geological Society: The 1815 William Smith Map

03 March 2015

Venue: The World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

  • Evening meeting
  • Lecture
  • Social event

Marking William Smith's birthplace: Plaque Unveiling

22 March 2015

Venue: Spring Cottage, Junction Road, Oxfordshire

  • Field trip
  • Social event

Southern Wales Regional Group Lecture: William Smith (1769-1839): 200 Years of the 1st Nationwide Geological Map

21 April 2015

Venue: Cardiff University, ROOM 1.25 Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT

  • Lecture

William Smith Meeting 2015: 200 Years of Smith’s Map

23 - 24 April 2015

Venue: Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference
  • Field trip
  • Lecture

'Mapping the Earth': Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2015

01 - 03 May 2015

Venue: Lyme Regis

  • Lecture
  • Field trip
  • Social event

The story of the rocks: William 'Strata' Smith's geological map at the Yorkshire Museum

22 - 31 May 2015

Venue: The Yorkshire Museum, York

  • Social event
  • Lecture
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The following organisations came together to celebrate the life and work of William Smith.

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The Geological Society
Geologists' AssociationSomersetshire Coal Canal
National Museum WalesOxford Museum of Natural History
Natural History Museum
University of Bristol
British Geological Survey
Yorkshire Museums Trust
Bath Geological SocietyYorkshire Philosophical Society
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Portrait of William Smith

A bicentennial celebration of the first geological map of England and Wales in 1815, is the largest online collection of Smith maps.

A free education resource, it allows users to view the maps in 3D, compare editions and overlay with modern geological maps.

Visit the William Smith Map

William Smith's 1815 map is on display at Burlington House