It will come as no surprise that the GCG committee has been affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. Certainly the majority of our membership is now likely to be working from home and adjusting to new ways of doing things without direct access to our collections. 

However we still intend to function as a committee, using whatever tools we can. You can still contact us using the contact details on our committee pages and we will do our best to answer you. Our JiscMail list is still functioning as always. 

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The GCG Committee were saddened to hear last week of the passing of Jenny Clack, whose work on the origin and evolution of early tetrapods will have been familiar to many of our members. The University of Cambridge has posted a short notice here

We would like to extend our condolences to Jenny's family and friends. 

Hugh Miller coverHugh Miller was a self-taught Scottish geologist born in 1802, whose writings are widely credited with arousing the interest of the public in the new science of geology. In 2017 GCG published what is to date one of the largest issues of our journal dedicated to his life and works. Under our long standing open access policy, this month we are able to make this edition freely available via our website. It represents the culmination of many hours of hard work on the part of the authors and editor, and is well worth a read if you are interested in the geology of Scotland, or in the early history of the science. Head over to the journal page now and download yourself a copy.

If you want access to our latest journals, including the popular Ethics and Pyrite Oxidation special issues, now is a good time to join GCG. You can do this online and get instant access via our Membership page.

We have just heard that the funding target set to retain Charles Lyell's notebooks in the UK as been met via pledges from a wide variety of anonymous and named donors. You can read more on their website

https://www.ed.ac.uk/giving/save-lyell-notebooks

We look forward to learning more soon!

Some of our readers may be aware that the notebooks of renowned Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell, have recently been placed under an export ban by the UK government to prevent their sale to a foreign buyer. The University of Edinburgh is currently attempting to raise the funds to purchase them and keep them in this country:

"Charles Lyell’s notebooks, currently in private hands, are due to be sold abroad. We need £1,444,000 to save this vital historical collection. We are supporting the purchase with our own funds but we also need your help. Right now, our challenge is to raise enough funds by 15 July 2019 to secure an extension to 15 October 2019, the final deadline to save the Lyell notebooks."

You can read more about the campaign, and pledge to support it, here:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/giving/save-lyell-notebooks