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The Society was founded in 1888 and is now an educational charity No. 229147.

Like many similar societies, the Hull Geological Society offers its members a variety meetings and activities.

Formal status of the meetings

         General Meetings – Society business may be conducted at “General Meetings” that have been called by the General Secretary posting a notice to members in the Summer or Winter Programmes. Meetings called by e-mail or other means are not “General Meetings”. Meetings of specialist groups are not “General Meetings”.

         Meetings are normally chaired by the President, Vice- President or General Secretary. Meetings of specialist groups are normally chaired by the convenor or leader of that group meeting.

         We do not have “standing orders” for the conduct of meetings because they are not too formal. If there is more formal business require a vote of members the Chair should ensure that there is adequate opportunity for members to speak in favour or against a proposal before the vote is taken.

Lectures - A lecture by guest speaker or member of the Society about a specific topic. Winter lecture meetings start at 7-30 p.m. and are held in the Department of Geography, University of Hull (unless otherwise stated). Non-members are welcome to attend but please arrive before the start of the meeting.

Annual General Meeting - A lecture by guest speaker or member of the Society about a specific topic, usually held at the University of Hull, preceded or followed by the Annual General Meeting usually held in March.

Committee Meeting - There is usually only on main Committee Meeting per year, usually in the winter. Occasionally there might be short Committee meetings after a General Meeting. Some Committee business may be conducted by e-mail consultation: a meeting will be called if a decision is not reached by consensus. Financial business should be conducted at a Committee Meeting called with that item on the agenda.

Public Lecture - Lecture by guest speakers aimed at a wider audience. These may be on a Saturday afternoon at a more central venue such as theFerens Art Gallery or the Friends' Meeting House..

Members' Evenings - where members are able to give short talks, slide shows or exhibitions of their own geological interests. These are usually held once every two years.

Field meetings - which concentrate on the local area of East Yorkshire, the north Yorkshire coast and North Lincolnshire. These are usually led by members of the Society and often lifts are available from the University. These include visits to coastal exposures, visits to quarries, countryside walks and boat trips.

Public walks and field meetings - special events for Society members that are suitable for beginners and members of the public who wish discover more about our science. These include Urban Geology Walks, Graveyard Walks, countryside walks and Fossil Fossicks on the beach

Club nights - a sort of geological "book club" where members bring specimens or publications related to this month's topic. These were started in 2013 and are very popular.

Quiz Night - Quiz Nights are for members of the Society and their guests. Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in the Geography Dept., University of Hull, starting at 7-50 pm prompt. The doors to the building will be locked at 7-55 pm and we may not be in the usual room, so do not arrive late if you wish to attend! There will be prizes some of which might be geological. Members are welcome to donate prizes.

Microscopy evenings - informal evenings when members study microfossils or thin sections of rocks. These were started by alumni of University of Hull Centre of Lifelong Learning classes.

Roadshows - members of the Society display specimens from their collections and identify specimens that members of the public bring with them. We have held these events at the Treasure House in Beverley, Hornsea Museum. and Holy Trinity Church.

Joint meetings and conferences. We usually have one joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society each year.

Conservation - The Society adopted Rifle Butts SSSI and works closely with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to keep the site tidy and accessible to geologists. The Society also works closely with the East Yorkshire RIGS Group to identify and protect Regionally Important Geological Sites.

Research projects - members of the Society can participate in group research projects. At present there are two active research projects - the Flamborough Quaternary Research Group and the Bisat Project. There also occasional meetings of the East Riding Boulder Survey (our "citizen science")

Workshops - occasional daytime meetings in the laboratory on specialised topics.

Affiliations - the Society is affiliated to the Geologists's Association and Yorkshire Geological Society. We also subscribe to "Down To Earth" and copies are distributed to members at meetings.

We try to make our meetings as accessible as possible; this does of course depend on the nature of the meeting and the venue. We occasionally cannot allow children on quarry visits for safety reasons.

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Registered Educational Charity No. 229147