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 2022

Last checked 12th May 2022

Saturday 9 April 2022 - Annual General Meeting
2pm - 5.30pm (with a 1.45pm Zoom sign-in)
Guest speaker: John Whicher, 'Sowerby's Mineral Conchology. Tales of the unexpected.'
James Sowerby's Mineral Conchology of Great Britain, a comprehensive catalogue of invertebrate fossils, was published over a 34-year time-span starting in 1812. The finished work contains 650 coloured plates distributed over 7 volumes. John Whicher will revisit the subsequent history of several species he described with outcomes he would probably not have expected.
The meeting will be held in the Angela Marmont Centre in the Natural History Museum but it will also be on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.
The Officers reports to the AGM are available HERE and the minutes from the previous AGM are available HERE.

Saturday 23 July 2022
Via Zoom, 2pm - 4pm (with a 1.45pm sign-in)
Guest speaker: Dr Jeremy Biggs (Director, Freshwater Habitats Trust), 'Understanding and protecting freshwater Mollusca: the work of the Freshwater Habitats Trust.'
This is a Zoom only meeting. Register with CIRCA (

15 October 2022
2pm - 5.00pm (with a 1.45pm Zoom sign-in)
Guest speaker: Dr Corina Ciocan (Brighton University), 'Fibreglass boats and oysters don't mix! Hazardous contaminants in the aquatic environment GRP (glass reinforced plastic) accumulations & impact on bivalves.'
Natural History Museum with Zoom link.

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