The wide range of rock types used for gravestones means that cemeteries can be geological treasure-troves. Come along to one of our guided gravestone geology walks and find out why. The walks are free to attend, and there is generally no need to book (exceptions detailed below). Copies of The Geology of Oxford Gravestones, costing £15, will be available to examine and buy after the walk.
Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots and wet weather gear. Please note that these walks take place on public footpaths and uneven surfaces - sorry, no disabled access - and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
You'll never look at cemeteries in the same way again!
Sunday 15 September 2:30 – 3:30 Holywell Cemetery, Longwall Street OX1 3TP. This walk is part of Oxford Open Doors. Free to attend, no need to book. Just turn up!
Friday 27 September 10.00-12.00, St Mary's Church, Church Way, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4EJ Guided geological walk to explore the Stones of Iffley Church and the gravestones in the churchyard.
Sunday 20 October 11:30 – 12:30 Holywell Cemetery, Longwall Street OX1 3TP
Sunday 20 October 2:30 – 3:30 St Sepulchre's Cemetery, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HD
Sunday 27 October 11:30 – 12:30 Headington Municipal Cemetery, Dunstan Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9BY
Sunday 27 October 2:30 – 3:30 The Churchyard at SS Mary and John, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR
These walks are part of the IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival in association with Science Oxford, 18-28 October 2019.
Please visit https://if-oxford.com in September for more information and to book your FREE tickets
2 November – from 11 AM: Visit our Gravestone Geology exhibit at the Geologists Association Festival of Geology, University College, Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT
Geologists Nina Morgan and Philip Powell are also happy to give talks about gravestone geology and to lead bespoke gravestone geology walks for special interest groups in Oxfordshire. To discuss the possibilities email: firstname.lastname@example.org