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Celebrating Hardstoft

GJonathan Craig hails the forthcoming conference to commemorate the first producing oil well on the British mainland.

The Geological Society will celebrate the Centenary of the Hardstoft Discovery – Britain’s first Oil Field – in May 2019. The celebration will start during a special conference next month on ‘European Oil & Gas Industry History’ at Burlington House (3, 4 March), convened by Petroleum Group, History of Geology Group (HOGG) and the Petroleum History Institute. 

A fieldtrip to the East Midlands Oil Province following the conference will include a visit to the Hardstoft No. 1 well site.  Further details are available on the conference event page.  To coincide with this conference, next month’s main Feature article in Geoscientist (written by me with co-authors Gluyas, Laing and Schofield) will tell the story of how the UK got its first producing well.