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Whitham Memorial Medal

  Felix Whitham Memorial Medal Recipients -

Stuart Jones 2013

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones is continuing to contribute to the public understanding of geology in three ways –

He organises Roadshows for the Hull Geological Society and these events would not be the same without his displays of local fossils. This year Stuart is organising Roadshows at Hornsea Museum, the Treasure House and Holy Trinity Church for the HGS. Last year he also took displays to other voluntary groups in the Hornsea area, bringing the work of the HGS to the attention of a wider audience and sharing his enthusiasm for geological fieldwork.

Secondly, Stuart recently has been instrumental in persuading the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to carry out repair work to the shelter at Rifle Butts SSSI and designing new specifications to protect the site from geological vandalism.

Like Felix, Stuart also has two rare geological gifts – the ability to charm the fossils out of the rocks and then explain their significance to anyone walking by in terms they can understand.

Ian Heppenstall 2015

Ian Heppenstall

Over the last ten years Ian has inspired and organised meetings of the Flamborough Quaternary Research Group. He has also been a keen supporter and “expert” at our Roadshows at Holy Trinity Church and led three field meetings in 2014 for Yorkshire Geology Month.  As joint Publicity Officer he had made great efforts to inform the public about our meetings and has appeared on local radio a number of times representing the Society.

Brenda and Jack Almond  2017

Brenda and Jack Almond

In recognition of their contribution to the public understanding of local geology through their displays at Society Roadshows.

Lewis Rose 2019

Lewis Rose

The President (Stuart Jones) presented the medal to Lewis Rose in recognition of the voluntary work he had done at Hornsea Museum curating their geological collection, creating a display and helping to organise roadshows.

Graham Kings 2021

Graham Kings and the Bisat Group

Graham (on the right) was awarded the medal “for leading the Bisat groups mammoth exercise of the photography of the glacial sediments of the entire Holderness cliffs (2014-2019). Curating and safeguarding the photo archive. And beginning the detailed stratigraphic logging of new and important sections in the cliffs.” Also in the picture are Dennis (on the left) and Arthur from the Group.

Pofessor Patrick Boylan

Patrick Boylam 2023

The Felix Whitham Medal for 2023 is awarded to Patrick Boylan for his continued efforts to share his interest in local geology especially the Quaternary, in particular his recent talks about Kirkdale Cave and the Neanderthals.

Patrick joined the Hull Geological Society in 1956 and was our Secretary from 1962 to1964, President from 1964 to 1967, Vice President from 1967 to1968 and was elected as an Honorary Life Member. After leaving Hull Museums he has had a career at Exeter, Leicester and London in museums and museum studies. As well as having a keen interest in our local Quaternary he has been active in conservation and geoconservation internationally.


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