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William Smith Fact Sheet

William Smith Factsheet

Find out more about William Smith and his 1815 map in our Fact Sheet

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.

Events

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Field Trip: William Smith's Last Resting Place

06 September 2015

Venue: St Peter's Church, Marefair, Northampton NN1 1SR

  • Field Trip

Commemorating William Smith: 200 years of Geomodelling

08 September 2015

Venue: TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg Saxony, Germany

  • Conference

Yorkshire Fossil Festival

18 - 20 September 2015

Venue: Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

  • Workshop
  • Social Event

Rotunda Museum: Rock, Rascals and Resolution

26 - 27 September 2015

Venue: Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

  • Social Event

Yorkshire Philosophical Society: Back to the Future of William Smith's Map - Meeting Modern Needs for Geological Knowledge

29 September 2015

Venue: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

Yorkshire Philosophical Society: Public Presentation of Walk-on Geological Map

29 September 2015

Venue: Museum Gardens and Yorkshire Museum, York, YO1 7DR

  • Evening Meeting

The Geologists' Association Dorset Group & Wessex Cephalopod Group: William Smith Meeting

30 September - 03 October 2015

Venue: Sherborne Castle

  • Field Trip
  • Lecture
  • Evening Meeting

William Smith Bicentenary 2015: Visualising Landscapes & Geology, Past, Present & Future

07 - 28 October 2015

Venue: Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

  • Lecture
  • Social Event

Late Night Poetry at the Museum

08 October 2015

Venue: National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff

  • Evening Meeting
  • Social Event

Minerals, pigments and William Smith

10 October 2015

Venue: Brighton Building, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge

  • Workshop
  • Social Event
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Organisations

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

Strata-Smith.com

Portrait of William Smith

A bicentennial celebration of the first geological map of England and Wales in 1815, Strata-smith.com 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.

William Smith Map Project

A joint project between the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and Yorkshire Museum Trust to design and install a walk-on representation of the Yorkshire part of William Smith’s 1815 Geological Map.

Visit the William Smith Map

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