Lifelong Learning Lectures
An unassuming headstone in a quiet corner of York Cemetery marks the final resting place of a quite remarkable man. The first keeper of the Yorkshire Museum, John Phillips was the scientist who invented geological time. He used fossils to define the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cainozoic eras, and was one of the first people to calculate the ancient age of the Earth.
In this public lecture, geologist Liam Herringshaw will explore Phillips' humble origins, his life and work in York (including his feud with the dean of the Minster), and the legacies of his extraordinary scientific achievements.
Other lectures in this series include:
- William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North
- A very British burial: A brief history of British burial customs
- From page to place and back again: Encountering two-dimensional architecture from the Medieval
- Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?