Open University Geological Society (London Branch)


Welcome to LOUGS! Feel free to browse around, find out who we are, or even register for Geological Events.

Geologist's Association Festival of Geology

The Annual GA Festival of Geology takes place on Saturday 5th November at UCL, with field trips on Sunday the 6th.

LOUGS always has a stall there, joint with the National Society, and you can expect many other local groups, societies, sellers, speakers and more. See the flyer here for more details. Hope to see you there!

London Building Stones App now available - it's free!

The "London Pavement Geology" App is now available to download free from the iTunes App store for iPhone & iPad, and from GooglePlay for Android. It archives well over 1000 building stone localities within the M25. You can view these from the App and also submit new locations. Please do spread the word – and please do submit new locations!

Both can also be downloaded from the website via the links: londonpavementgeology.co.uk/mobileapp/

New access at Gilbert’s Pit, Charlton unveiled on 18th May 2016

Gilbert’s Pit SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) at Charlton in Southeast London is one of a number of former quarries worked in this area for their sand, gravel and chalk. This pit was primarily worked for the Thanet Sand used for moulding at the Woolwich Arsenal foundries and glass manufacture. Notified as an SSSI in 1953 it represents the only permanent exposure in the Woolwich area of the Woolwich Formation.

Steps have been built up the east side of the quarry face, LOUGS members assisted in preparing the area on our Conservation Days in 2013 and 2015. Click here for futher details, and photos.

International Students

The Open University have recently launched a new website for international students, hopefully making it as easy as possible for overseas students to find all of the information they need about OU courses, including the BSc (Hons) Environmental Studies and BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences. This can be found at the following web address:

Building Stone in England

The BGS have recently completed the first phase of a project with English Heritage to find Building Stone in England. [Apologies to those in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe!] The background to the survey may be seen here.

You can download some guides to the stones used in your area, together with the free data files here. There is a webGIS using this data here, where you can see the coverage to date.

The data and information has mostly been provided by local consultants, employed by English Heritage, who are familiar with the area. If, however, you spot something you want to amend or add, please let them know, addresses are on the webpages. Constructive criticism welcomed!

For Northern Ireland, see www.stonedatabase.com for another approach.

Archive Online

The archive of event reviews appearing in London Platform between 2007-10 is now online. You can use it to get a better impression of what we do, to get ideas for self-led days out, or simply browse. You will find the Archive in the Events Section.

Content from 2004-06 will come online eventually. If you need to access any of this content urgently, please email info@lougs.org.uk and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

OUGS Central Website - ougs.org

Take a look at the OUGS Central Website for more news, society business and events both Nationwide and International

OUGS Sales

Through OUGS Sales, it is possible to order all your requirements for field trips and residential school, including notebooks, hand lenses, field guides & items of clothing, etc. Orders can be e-mailed, phoned or posted via the downloadable order form. ougs.org/sales

Find us on Facebook!

Click here for the OUGS Facebook group. It is a closed group, you will need your Facebook login and OUGS Membership number to access it.


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