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THE LGS WALLACE PITCHER PRIZES
Professor Wallace Pitcher
held the Herdman Chair of Geology at Liverpool University for many years, and
served geological science in many capacities. He was dedicated to the
encouragement of expertise and enthusiasm, especially with regard to fieldwork.
He was a great supporter of this Society, being a long-time Member, Council
Member, and Trustee.
The LGS Council has decided to inaugurate and fund Wallace Pitcher Prizes to
honour his life and work, and to stimulate and encourage fieldwork.
The Prizes, which will be awarded normally not more frequently than annually, will
be available to individuals or groups usually falling into one or more of the
The amount of the Prizes will vary, depending on the submissions.
There will be:- One Prize of £100, with a Certificate, will usually be awarded in each
Category, but the Society reserves the right to increase the value of the Prize for
work of exceptional merit, to divide the sum awarded appropriately between works
of equal merit, and to award lesser amounts according to the quality of work
Multi-media entries will be welcome.
Entries will be judged by a small Committee of Council Members.
Entries will be returned if requested.
A research paper, or dissertation, at undergraduate or post-graduate level, by a
person based in, or attending courses in, the North-West, concerned primarily with
investigative fieldwork (this would be more than just collection of field data for
A piece of work, resulting from fieldwork investigation similar to the above, or
furthering the understanding or recording of (preferably) North -West geology, by
one or more adults (persons not in full-time education), of any age or academic
background. This might include (eg) the history of quarry sites, schemes for
educational use, etc.
A written-up investigation by an individual or group, in a Sixth Form College,
Secondary School, or Primary School, into some aspect(s) of the (preferably) local
geology, clearly involving fieldwork in some form, and for the benefit of others.
This could include standard fieldwork, the origin, nature and uses of local quarry
products, origin, nature and uses of local building, decorative and monumental
stone, and presentation could include drawing, painting, photographs, and
modelling. The study would normally be undertaken as part of the normal
curriculum, and might be part of the qualification for eg the Duke of Edinburgh’s
The length and quality of the piece of work would be expected to be appropriate
for a high standard of achievement at the relevant age, allowing for the level of
ability of the students concerned.
The written element for Primary Schools should not exceed 500-600 words, and
for Secondary Schools about 1500 words. Both these figures would be reduced
according to the amount of presentation by other means.
Please send your work to LGS Secretary: Joe Crossley via firstname.lastname@example.org
and click on the FORM link to fill in and submit.
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