Indoor meetings

Indoor meetings are normally held at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London (nearest undergound station South Kensington) at intervals of four to six weeks between September and April. The main event at these meetings is usually a lecture by a guest speaker or society member.  Most meetings also include a show-and-tell session when people have an opportunity to show specimens and anything else of molluscan interest to those at the meeting, and get comments from them.  There are also opportunities for informal discussions over tea/coffee, and to purchase Society goods and back publications. The meetings take place in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity. To find this most easily, come into the Museum at the main entrance.  In front of you, you will find a large blue whale skeleton.  At the far end of the blue whale skeleton, turn left down a passage past a shop on the right and a cafeteria on the left and you'll see stairs leading down to an open glass-fronted lower-level atrium.  The Centre is not open-access, so you will need to ring the bell to the right of the door (close to the end of the atrium) to gain admission.

To join the online meetings please email Catherine Jagger ( preferably at least one week prior to the meeting, indicating your intention to attend. She will then send you full joining instructions and a meeting agenda.

Conchological Society Indoor Meetings 2021

Last checked 1st October 2021

Saturday 16th October, 12pm (on Zoom only)

The next meeting is on Saturday 16th October at 12.00 pm. Unfortunately the planned return to 'live' meetings at the NHM in London has had to be cancelled and the meeting will now go ahead on Zoom only.

Here is a message from the President of the society:

Conchological Society upcoming meeting
It is with much regret that I have to report that the Ordinary Meeting of the Conchological Society scheduled for 16 October has been cancelled. It was very much hoped to hold the meeting 'live' at the Natural History Museum as well as on Zoom, but events have overtaken us.

First, the planned speaker has let us down. Without warning he has gone to Thailand (!) and Simon Taylor has been unable to contact him. I feel that it is too late to arrange an alternative speaker, although Simon did offer to put something together at short notice about last week's Pembrokeshire field meeting. I have discussed this with him and we both feel that it is better not to rush into this.

Second, we had hoped to arrange easy access to the NHM for those attending the Council meeting in the morning and the Ordinary meeting in the afternoon. However, this has not been possible. They would require a lateral flow test on the morning of the meeting for all those attending and also limit the number of attendees to only 10 - clearly not acceptable to us. It seems that they will not review their current policy until the end of the year, so it is likely that our December meeting will be Zoom only.

So, my apologies for any inconvenience caused to our members. We will still hold the Council meeting at 12.00 on Zoom, and I will contact Council members separately.

Best wishes to everyone.

Tom Walker
Hon. President
The Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland

Saturday 11th December 2021 (via Zoom)
Guest speaker: Ian Killeen, ‘Thirty years of Margaritifera research – Pearl Anniversary’

Advance Notice for 2022
Indoor meetings are booked for 19th February, 9th April (AGM), 23rd July (Zoom only), 15th October; 10th December.
A Regional Meeting is being planned to take place in Liverpool during November 2022; date yet to be fixed.

Members are invited to address the meeting for a maximum of four minutes to show an exhibit or speak briefly on a mollusc-related theme. Anyone wishing to do this please e mail the Hon. Secretary, Rosemary Hill ( in advance of the meeting. Note that for each meeting the number of speakers will be limited to the first five applicants.

The Programme Secretary will be happy to receive suggestions about interesting speakers or subjects.

All our meetings are open to non-members if space is available: if you would like to come, please contact Martin Willing (

Meeting Programme compiled by Martin Willing. Contacts for meetings related matters are either Martin Willing
( OR Rosemary Hill (

Calendar of indoor meetings