Unearthing our Geology

The Common Room have an expansive geology collection, which includes a wide selection of both minerals and rocks. Throughout this series, each episode will explore specimens from our collection that help us understand geology and strata, and why they were so important to mining.

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Episodes of 'What's Beneath Our Feet?'

Episode 1: Finding the Black Stuff
Episode 2: Coming Soon - Roman Heritage, The Ice Age and Archaeology
Episode 3: Coming Soon
Episode 4: Coming Soon

In light of the current circumstances concerning COVID19, please follow government guidance on outdoor activity before participating in anything shown in the videos. The fossils are millions of years old; they won't disappear overnight!

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The Rock Showman

Hello, my name is The Rock Showman! I have travelled the world as both a Circus Man and a Geologist but wherever I go, I always question, "What’s beneath my feet?". To discover fossils, you’ve got to understand what’s under where you stand! In this series, we will be exploring the fascinating earth history of North East England. Join me and my Rock Hounds as we find out what’s beneath our feet!

Episode 1: ‘Finding the Black Stuff’

In this episode, The Rock Showman and his Rock Hounds head to the North East coastline in search of coal…because where there is coal, there are fossils!

Using his scientific knowledge and geology tools, The Rock Showman explains how you can find fossils and identify different specimens.

In light of the current circumstances concerning COVID19, please follow government guidance on outdoor activity before participating in anything shown in the videos. The fossils are millions of years old; they won’t disappear overnight!

Here at The Common Room, we are passionate about the mining heritage of the North East. Working with our partners, and with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able to bring to life the geology of the region, and encourage you to explore and be inspired by what's beneath your feet. Thank you to The Rock Showman for this series of videos.

Photo of the Rock Showman pointing to a rock outcrop, while holding a piece of coal