DBT Archive

The David B. Thompson Archive

As a tribute to the life and work of David B Thompson (1932 – 2013), the North Staffs Group of the Geologists’ Association and Earth Science Teachers’ Association have published a selection of the fieldwork notes and field teaching exercises David produced during his time at Keele University.

Many were evening visits under the auspices of the Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre – Geology Section. Some are parts of a series entitled “Geology in the Field – Fieldwork near the Potteries”. Others were for the NSGGA or other Geology Groups, and many were “joint” ventures. Several were repeated and updated.

The original criteria for selection was that the field notes and teaching exercises should not have been published elsewhere, though this was relaxed to include two ESTA and a British Association for the Advancement of Science Conference visits. There are also examples of David’s original research. The Field Guide of the 1997 ESTA Conference at Keele was edited by David and is included here in its entirety.

Missing are notes from several KSTTC evening visits. If you think you may be able to help or would simply like to see the “missings” list, please contact John Reynolds: jr.reynolds1@virginmedia.com

Many thanks to members of NSGGA and ESTA for their help, esp.
Ian Stimpson: i.g.stimpson@keele.ac.uk for the uploading
Don Steward: for compiling the original paper archive and many of David’s specimens at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery: http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk
For access to the originals, please contact Glenn Roadley: glenn.roadley@stoke.gov.uk

Not included is David’s published fieldwork for a 1983 course organised by Poroperm:
Poroperm Excursion Guide No 4:
The Permo-Triassic Sediments of the Cheshire and Adjacent Basins.
Thompson, D.B. 1983. 129pp Poroperm-Geochem Ltd. Chester. ISB No. 0-950-7-253-5-8

David also contributed to several Geologists’ Association Guides, incl
No 6. Liverpool: Permo-Triassic Rocks of the Wirral and Adjacent Areas.
No 7. Manchester: Four itineraries in Triassic Rocks: Frodsham Area, Styal Area & two on Alderley Edge.
Available from: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk

Available Documents

1965 M6 Motorway Cutting at Kingswood, Trentham
Line Drawings and Photographs (Original Research).
1965M6Trentham

1974 Pocket Deposits of South Derbyshire
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1974PocketDepositsSouthDerbyshire

1974 Fieldwork Exercise – Church Quarry SJ 833419 [Butterton, Staffordshire]
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1974ChurchQuarry

1975 Hulme Quarries (Park Hall), Stoke on Trent
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1975HulmeQuarries

1977 Hulme Quarries (Park Hall), Stoke on Trent
Line Drawings (Original Research)
1977HulmeQuarryLineDrawings

1977 Hulme Quarries (Park Hall), Stoke on Trent
Photographs (Original Research)
1977HulmeQuarryLinePhotos

1981 Kingswood Bank, Beech, Stoke on Trent
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1981KingswoodBankPotteries

1981 Scythian Fluvial Sedimentology in North Staffordshire
2nd International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology
1981ScythianFluvialNorthStaffs

1983 Cheadle Area (Triassic)
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1983Cheadle

1984 Cheadle Area (Carboniferous)
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1984Cheadle

1985 Gas & Oil Investigation Exercise, North Staffordshire
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1985GasOilNorthStaffs

1986 North Staffordshire Dyke Swarm
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1986NorthStaffsDykeSwarm

1987 Copper Mining in Northeast Shropshire
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1987CopperMiningNEShropshire

1987 North Staffordshire Dyke Swarm – Darwin’s Dykes
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1987NorthStaffsDykeSwarm

1988 Copper Mining in Northeast Shropshire Continued
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1988CopperMiningNEShropshire

1989 Geology & Copper Mining on Alderley Edge
Keele Science and Technology Teachers’ Centre
1989GeologyCopperMiningAlderleyEdge

1990 Earth Science Out-of-doors – Alderley Edge
Earth Science Teachers’ Association
1990EarthScienceOutOfDoorsAlderleyEdge

1991 Geology & Copper Mining on Alderley Edge
North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists’ Association
1991GeologyCopperMiningAlderleyEdge

1991 North Staffordshire
Hull Geological Society
1991NorthStaffs

1993 Lord Cadman, Oil, Darwin’s Dykes, Early Geophysics
British Association for the Advancement of Science
1993CadmanEarlyGeophysics

1993 Field Locations Around Keele Comprehensive School
Science Out Of Doors
1993KeeleComprehensiveSchool

1993 Murchison’s and Darwin’s Dykes
British Association for the Advancement of Science
1993MurchisonDarwinDykes

1993 Preston Brockhurst & Bridgnorth
Shropshire Geological Society
1993PrestonBrockhorstBridgnorth

1993 Stoke on Trent
Manchester Geological Association
1993StokeOnTrent

1995 A Guide to the History and Geology of Quarrying at Localities along the Natural History Trail in Corbet Wood, Grinshill North Shropshire.
Clive and Grinshill Conservation Committee
1995Grinshill

1996 Apedale & Astbury Lower Carboniferous Volcanoes
North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists’ Association
1996ApedaleAstbury

1997 Park Hall Country Park, Secondary Workshop
Earth Science Teachers’ Association
1997ESTAParkHallDBT

1997 ESTA Keele Conference Field Guide Part 1
Earth Science Teachers’ Association
1997ESTA1

1997 ESTA Keele Conference Field Guide Part 2
Earth Science Teachers’ Association
1997ESTA2

1999 Alderley Edge
NSGGA and Lancashire Group, GA.
1999AlderleyEdge

2000 Charles Darwin in North Staffordshire
NSGGA (Golden Jubilee), BAAS National Science Week
2000DarwinNorthStaffs

2001 An Enigmatic Borehole Core with Triassic Trace Fossils displayed in the Entrance Foyer of the Earth Sciences Department of Keele University
NSGGA Bulletin 58 Appendix 14
2001EnigmaticBoreholeCore

2004 The Role of the Grinshill Stone Quarries (1923) Ltd in the Rebuilding of the English Bridge in Shrewsbury
Clive and Grinshill Conservation Group
2004Grinshill

2006 Quarrying the Grinshill Stone for Buildings, Bridges and Roads 1540-1768
Clive and Grinshill Conservation Group
2006Grinshill

2007 Darwin Trip for SWT & NSGGA Photographs
Photos by Pat Callaghan
2007DarwinPhotos