My mentor in geology was Martin Venables (1901-1990), the former curator of Bognor
Regis Museum, a respected local geologist, natural historian and prolific writer
for the local newspapers. The photograph shows Martin at his microscope, many years
before I knew him. Martin’s principal area of study was the London Clay (Eocene)
at Bognor Regis, so it was on those rocks that I cut my geological teeth in my early
Over the years, I have extended my interests to cover all aspects of the local geology,
from fossils to building stones, and the rocks of the Cretaceous, Palaeogene (Tertiary)
and the Quaternary periods.