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Ian Forbes: Westgarth Forster (1772-1835) - pioneer of Northern England geology?

Westgarth Forster junior is widely respected in North East England as one of the founding fathers of modern geology. However, Ian Forbes, retired Director of Killhope Museum, questions the validity of Forster’s enduring reputation. By re-examining Forster’s life and career, and by close analysis of his ‘Section of the Strata’, this lecture will attempt to prove that Forster was very far from being a geological pioneer, and that his reputation is undeserved.