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szeraertWellington Arch exhibition

A lithograph of Joseph Prestwich from the Geological Society Library collection is currently on loan to English Heritage for its new exhibition at the Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch: ‘The General, The Scientist & The Banker: The Birth of Archaeology and the Battle for the Past’ (6 February to 21 April). Wellington Arch, Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7JZ

Can you help the Archivist?

Caroline Lam writes: I have recently been cataloguing the ‘Merriman Collection’, an album of 412 glass lantern slides, primarily dating from 1880s-1910s, donated to the Society by Mrs Mary Merriman in 2002 after languishing in a garden shed for decades. Around half of the slides relate to Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy FGS (1877-1947), an Anglo-Ceylonian who later abandoned geology (he discovered the mineral thorianite) to devote himself to the history of Indian and Ceylonese art, culture and philosophy.

erereThere are 73 slides, such as this unknown hill, for which we have little or no information. Can Geoscientist readers help identify them?

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Library shop!

Watch the space to the right of the library counter: the Burlington House Bookshop is coming soon! From spring, we will be offering for sale a selection of recently published and bestselling publications from the Geological Society and a select few other publishers. To find out more, sign up to the e-newsletter by emailing [email protected].

New e-journal available

Fellows of the Society now have offsite online access to Island Arc via the Library’s Athens login facility. This journal focuses on the structure, dynamics and evolution of plate convergence zones and topics which are fundamental to understanding them. Visit the Virtual Library for details of how to apply for an Athens login and a list of all the Library’s e-journals.

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