Foundation of Geological Time

Celebrating William Smith’s famous geological map, ‘A delineation of the strata of England and Wales’

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith’s iconic work, and the recent ‘rediscovery’ of the University of Canterbury’s original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.

Open day exhibition – This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury’s incarnation of Smith’s map, significant related geological works from the university’s Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it’s relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.

Public Lecture – Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to science through research and teaching’. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.

Smiths Maps

Event: Open day exhibition
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)
RSVP: No RSVP required

Event: Public Lecture
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by replying to events@canterbury.ac.nz

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