Yorkshire Geological Society

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Yorkshire Geological Society
Abbreviation YGS or Yorks. Geol. Soc.
Formation December 1, 1837; 180 years ago (1837-12-01)
Type NGO,
Legal status Charity Registered in England, no. 220014
Purpose Promotion of education, scientific research and publication, and environmental conservation
Region served
Yorkshire and northern England more generally
Secretary General
General Secretary: Paul Hildreth
Dr Andrew Howard
Prof. Patrick Boylan & Dr John Knight
Main organ
Annual General Meeting and Elected Council (which also serves as Board of Trustees)
Affiliations About 20 Corresponding Societies - local geological societies and other bodies across the region
Website http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk

The Yorkshire Geological Society is a learned, professional and educational charity devoted to the earth sciences, founded in 1837. Its work is centred on the geology of Yorkshire, and northern England more generally, ranging from Northumbria and Cumbria in the north to Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire in the south. The Society has around 600 members, the majority living within this region but with significant proportions of UK national and overseas members. It also has working relationships with around two dozen Corresponding Societies and other affiliated local geological and conservation societies and organisations, and with many of the universities of the region, as well as with the British Geological Survey, particularly its headquarters at Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. The Society runs a wide-ranging programme of both indoor and field meetings for members, public lectures and conferences in various locations across its region, and coordinates and promotes with the Corresponding Societies a "Yorkshire Geology Month" every May. The Society also publishes on the earth sciences, notably in its biannual Proceedings, published continuously since 1839, and its Circular, published seven times a year. The Society also publishes field guides, conference reports and books from time to time.


The Society is the fourth oldest geological society in the United Kingdom, following the Geological Society of London (1807), the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall (1813) and the Edinburgh Geological Society (1834). Reflecting the interests of many of its coal-owner and engineer original members the Society and its Proceedings first published in 1839, the Society originally covered mining and general engineering and technology, and then archaeology also.[1] However, from the earliest days its membership was much wider than just the West Riding, and the Society very quickly gained the active support the leading national geological figures of the day as Honorary Members. With the establishment of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Society in 1863, the Society gradually ceded its archaeological activities and publishing to the new Society, and 1903 it adopted the present name of Yorkshire Geological Society for both the society and its Proceedings.

From the late 19th century onwards the Society developed ever-closer links with the emerging earth science departments in the university colleges and universities of Yorkshire and adjacent counties and with the Geological Survey, particularly at its former Leeds and Newcastle offices, and these close links remain today with the British Geological Survey's headquarters at Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. The Society has also developed close relationships with many "Corresponding Societies" and groups of the region - mainly local geological societies which between then cover most of northern England and parts of central England, from Cumbria and Northumberland in the north to Leicestershire in the south. The Society's 170-year-old geological library is housed in the Leeds University Library.[2]


The society has about 600 Ordinary, Affiliate, Student and Life Members. No qualifications are required for membership, and the members have a wide range of qualifications and interests, including senior earth sciences academics, professionals, researchers and students, lecturers and teachers, members of local geological societies and those with a general interest in geology and the environment. The Annual General Meeting of members elects the Officers and Council who also serve as Trustees of the Society as a Registered Charity, and who run the Society between annual general meetings.[3]


Published continuously since 1839, the biannual Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society publishes original research and review papers in the earth sciences, frequently, though by no means only, with special reference to the geology of the north of England.[1] Since 2011 the digitised Proceedings from 1839 to date have been made available through the Geological Society of London's on-line Lyell Collection.[4][1] The Society's illustrated Circular is issued seven times a year and gives full details of the Society's programme of meetings, public lectures and field excursions, as well as the annual Yorkshire Geology Month programme run every May in cooperation with the Corresponding Societies and other local groups.[5] The Society also publishes occasional special publications, conference reports and field guides Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapes and Northumbrian Rocks and Landscapes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Proceedings". Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  2. ^ James W Davis. History of the Yorkshire Geological and Polytechnic Society 1837-1887. (Halifax, 1889); J.B. Morrell. Economic and ornamental geology: the Geological and Polytechnic Society of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837-53. pp. 231-56 in I. Inkster & J.B. Morrell (editors) Metropolis and province: science in British culture 1780-1850, London, 1983; J.B. Morrell. The early Yorkshire Geological and Polytechnic Society: a reconsideration. Annals of Science vol. 45, pp. 153-57
  3. ^ "Yorkshire Geological Society: Council" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Lyell Collection". Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "YGS Circulars in PDF format available for downloading". Retrieved May 18, 2012.