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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.

Lectures - monthly meetings in the winter, with guest lecturers speaking on many aspects of geology.

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. (Members only*)

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.

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. (Members only*)

Microscopy workshops- occasional informal meetings when members study microfossils or thin sections of rocks. These were started by alumni of University of Hull Centre of Lifelong Learning classes as monthly evenings. (Members only*)

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. In the past we usually had 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 has mereged 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. (Members only*)

Workshops - occasional daytime meetings in the laboratory on specialised topics. (Members only*)

Publications - The Society publishes an occasional journal called Humberside Geologist, which encourages amateurs to write about their interests, and concentrates on the geology of the area and the history of local geological studies. The current issue is free for members; back numbers may be purchased from the Secretary. The journal was published in different formats - print, on CD-ROM and on the world wide web. The version on the web tends to be more accessible to beginners, the printed version is more academic and the version on CD-ROM often includes additional data and pictures.

Affiliation - 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 or via e-mail.

Facebook Club pages - members can share their pictures and join in with our themed virtual Club Nights. (Members only*)

Zoom meetings - lectures, seminars and Club Nights allow "out of town" members to participate without having to travel to Hull on an evening.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in rocks, minerals and fossils; no qualifications are required. Though some previous experience does help with some of the lecture meetings and we occasionally cannot allow children to attend quarry visits for safety reasons.

* Students and Staff of the University of Hull may also attend "members only" events free of charge.

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