A Geological Anniversary in Churchill

The Churchill Heritage Centre is celebrating a big anniversary this month. 200 years ago, Churchill-born geologist William Smith published the first geological map of England and Wales.

This feat, a result of extensive travels on his own and with his nephew, led to Smith being recognised as the Father of English geology.

His achievement, and life, is being marked on 22 March, at 12pm, with a grand unveiling of a plaque commemorating Smith’s birthplace.

The plaque will be placed on the wall in front of Spring Cottage on Junction Road by Professor Hugh Torrens, the foremost expert on William Smith.

There will also be a Bicentenary Exhibition at the Heritage Centre, curated by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The university is loaning original maps, diaries and letters, and there will be specially commissioned audio recordings giving the background to the story of the famous map and explaining how the William Smith collection came to be archived in the museum in Oxford.

For more information, go to the Churchill Heritage Centre website.

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