5th Annual Stoneley Lecture with Sir Tony Robinson

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is delighted to announce that Sir Tony Robinson, star of the BBC’s Black Adder series and presenter of the hugely popular Channel 4 documentary, Time Team will deliver this year’s Stoneley Lecture.

This year’s Stoneley Lecture promises to be a captivating exploration of “Living with Volcanoes”.  Sir Tony Robinson will be joined by expert volcanologists Dougal Jerram (also known as “Dr Volcano” from the BBC’s The One Show) and Evgenia Ilyinskaya (British Geological Survey) to discuss the impact of volcanoes on ancient civilisations and modern society.

Tony will share how his fascination with volcanoes has evolved through observing the archaeological record, particularly the earliest detailed observations of volcanic eruptions in the ancient world and how our ancestors perceived the immense power and destruction that volcanoes can yield. 

As a keen walker and through the making of many of his TV programmes, Tony has seen many of the UK’s volcanic landscapes and has remained enchanted by their variety and impact on history.  Yet he has been relatively unaware of the origin and evolution of these landscapes, and has carried a number of misconceptions about plate tectonics.

Our panel of experts will be on hand to discuss the science of Tony’s own geological observations and the link with archaeology, including the caldera of Santorini and the Minoans, Pliny and Vesuvius, Hadrians Wall and the Whin Sill and try to understand why humans live on volcanoes.

Tony and the panel will also encourage the audience to participate in the discussion through an open Q&A session, and our volcanology experts will provide an opportunity for the audience to get “hands on” with a number of specimens and a 3D working model of a volcano!  

This event is open to the public. 

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