Editing Report written by Sir Kingsley Dunham on the completion of his Directorship 1967-1975

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2 The items in the immediate background in 1967 are worth recalling:
 
2 The items in the immediate background in 1967 are worth recalling:
  
(a) The recommendations of the Brundrett Committee of 1963-4 that Overseas Geological Surveys and the Atomic Energy Division of GSGB should be united in a close union with the home Survey. I was one of the two geologist members of the Committee (Norman Falcon was the other) but I little thought that I world hass the task of effecting the marriage.
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The recommendations of the Brundrett Committee of 1963-4 that Overseas Geological Surveys and the Atomic Energy Division of GSGB should be united in a close union with the home Survey. I was one of the two geologist members of the Committee (Norman Falcon was the other) but I little thought that I world hass the task of effecting the marriage.
  
(b) The Report of the Trend Committee leading in 19d5 to the creation of NERC and the assignment or the Geological Survey to this research council and not, as some expected, to the Ministry of Technology.
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The Report of the Trend Committee leading in 19d5 to the creation of NERC and the assignment or the Geological Survey to this research council and not, as some expected, to the Ministry of Technology.
  
(c) The setting-up of a Geology and Geophysics Committee by NERC, chaired by Cecil Mitcheson, under whose recommendation to Council the Institute was created. The name adopted was that proposed by Norman Falcon.
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The setting-up of a Geology and Geophysics Committee by NERC, chaired by Cecil Mitcheson, under whose recommendation to Council the Institute was created. The name adopted was that proposed by Norman Falcon.
  
 
3 Graham Sutton, first Chairman of NERC, made very plain his view that government geology needed considerably wader horizons and this coincided with my own belief, as expressed in my Presidential Addresses to the Geological Society of London in 1967 and 1948, and in what one might regard as an inaugural lecture to a crowded meeting of the Institute staff held in the big theatre of the Natural History Museum in March 1967. In fact my, predecessor James Stubblefield, before he retired, had placed before the Geology and Geophysics Committee four major projects for developing IGS: (i) Geological survey of the British continental shelf (ii) Assessment of sand and gravel resources in S E England (iii) Major re-organisation of the ground floer of the Geological Museum, virtually- unchanged from the time of John Flett in 1935 (iv) Hydrogeological survey of a major river basin (with the Trent basin in mind). The first three are in progress; the fa-oath has never got off the ground, mainly because of the politics of water investigation.
 
3 Graham Sutton, first Chairman of NERC, made very plain his view that government geology needed considerably wader horizons and this coincided with my own belief, as expressed in my Presidential Addresses to the Geological Society of London in 1967 and 1948, and in what one might regard as an inaugural lecture to a crowded meeting of the Institute staff held in the big theatre of the Natural History Museum in March 1967. In fact my, predecessor James Stubblefield, before he retired, had placed before the Geology and Geophysics Committee four major projects for developing IGS: (i) Geological survey of the British continental shelf (ii) Assessment of sand and gravel resources in S E England (iii) Major re-organisation of the ground floer of the Geological Museum, virtually- unchanged from the time of John Flett in 1935 (iv) Hydrogeological survey of a major river basin (with the Trent basin in mind). The first three are in progress; the fa-oath has never got off the ground, mainly because of the politics of water investigation.

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