Jo Thomas (JT)
Jo started exploring the quarries in Dorset in the 1970’s, working with other geologists under the National Scheme for Geological Site Documentation, for the Dorset Environmental Records Centre, who hold all the records on paper. The paper forms included ‘History of the Site’, but this needed historical research, not geological. As a volunteer, Jo researched in the Dorset History Centre but found that there are very few written records of quarrying, and the OS maps drawn in the 19th century were the earliest that showed quarries. There are thousands of historic stone buildings in Dorset, so to find the history of the quarries we must look at the buildings. The published results of Jo’s research are noted in the reference list.
Pete Bath (PB/PJB)
Pete has been a publisher’s agent and teacher, who took up geological interests on retirement. A born sceptic, he took to making rock thin sections to find the "truth behind appearances" of building stone, as well as for geological specimens. Modern access to eBay has additionally allowed him to also build polarising microscopes with computer-tethered cameras allowing him to share images of what is revealed in thin section.
Malcolm Wright (MW)
Malcolm is a retired Civil Engineer previously more used to considering the simpler physical characteristics of soils in the County but now enjoying the endless wider complexities of Geology.
Alan Holiday (AH)
Alan is a retired teacher of geography and geology having also taught on an architectural stone conservation degree. He is chairman of Dorset Geologists’ Association Group and Dorset’s Important Geological Sites, the latter being a conservation group which looks after sites of geological interest across Dorset.
Sheila Alderman (SA)
Sheila Alderman has been interested in geology all her life, stemming from picking up funny shaped stones on Charmouth beach in her childhood. She became very actively involved in wanting to find out more about geology in the 1990’s and joined the DGAG committee and Open University Geological Society (OUGS) Wessex branch Committee in 1996. She studied Geology at A Level evening class with Alan Holiday and also has studied geology through the Open University. She has recently retired after many years as Branch organiser for Wessex OUGS . Sheila has developed a specific interest in the identification and use of stone in buildings and of discovering if possible where the stone was quarried.
Kelvin Huff (KJH)
Kelvin taught Geography and Geology for nearly 40 years in Sussex and Dorset.
He is Secretary of the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group and Dorset’s Important Geological Sites group. He also runs several U3a groups, including geology. Geology is one of his many interests, which also include genealogy, art history, walking and playing around with websites!
Geoff Townson (WGT/GT)
Geoff is a retired international petroleum exploration geologist who studied the Upper Jurassic of England and Northern France for his doctorate. He has experience in the sedimentology of limestones and has described various samples under the hand lens and microscope for this website. Geoff now lives in West Dorset and runs U3A Geology courses as well as being a volunteer at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. He is a member of the Dorset Geologists Association Group, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is a Chartered Geologist. He is also a semi-professional Visual Artist (www.geofftownson.co.uk)