18 June 2015

Building Stones of Cambridge. A geological walking tour

Organised by:

SCI's Cambridge and Great Eastern Group and RSC

Cambridge, UK

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The buildings of Cambridge are world famous, both for their architectural splendour and for their historical record of university and town development over 750 years. Walking amongst the city-centre colleges, it is easy to imagine their mellow stone buildings as they were in the Middle Ages, and to visualise the human history that they witnessed. Yet this same stone records another, much longer, history. The common building materials in Cambridge originated in the geological Middle Ages, the Mesozoic Era of one or two hundred million years ago. Older, Late Palaeozoic, rocks are not uncommon, particularly as facing and paving materials. Yet older slates from the Early Palaeozoic, four or five hundred million years old, roof many Cambridge buildings. Viewed with some basic geological knowledge, all these can rocks reveal the natural events which formed them, provide snapshots in the long geological history of Britain, and enrich a purely architectural view of the fine buildings they form.

This walking tour takes in a wide variety of buildings and rock types in a compact area of the city centre. The route involves about a mile and a half of walking.

This event is part of the SCI Cambridge Science Talks series.

Venue and Contact


Meet in front of the Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB


John O'Toole

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 894174

Email: john.otoole9@btopenworld.com


Tickets cost £5. Numbers are limited so please book in advance.

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