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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 teens.


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.

My CV includes:


- Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)

- Chair of the Sussex Geodiversity Partnership.

- Chair of the West Sussex Geological Society.

- Chair of the Tertiary Research Group.

- Chair of the Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace.

- Treasurer of Rockwatch, the group for young people.

- Member of the grant-awarding Curry Fund of the Geologists' Association.


- Member of Brighton & Hove Geological Society, Geologists’ Association, Open University Geological Society.


- Academic papers, magazine articles & guides See list ...

- Limanda publications More ...

- Research on West Sussex geology More ...

- Geological talks and walks since 1975.

- Bracklesham Bay fossil hunts every year since 1983.


- Volunteer warden for the Marehill sand mines (near Pulborough) for the Sussex Wildlife Trust (from 1999).

- Field Meetings Secretary for the Geologists’ Association (1999-2004) & Tertiary Research Group (1998-99).


Fortunately, I am now retired so can devote more time to geology, although life is as busy as it was before retirement.

More about me
The Foulerton Award
Received in 2007, this is awarded to members of the Geologists’ Association in recognition of work of merit connected with the Association.

Martin Venables



Geological poetry
I was amused to find myself named in a poem by Gordon Judge of the Horsham Geological Field Club following a talk I gave to them.
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Picture Gallery
New addition - photos from recent events here.