William Daniel Conybeare (1787-1857) and William Phillips (1815-1857)
This is a compendium of Greenough’s Map of England and Wales, which you can see at the start of the exhibition. Conybeare and Phillips surveyed strata in the field and provided a description of the colour, texture, and fossils found in each formation. During the first half of the 19th century the practice grew of analysing organic remains as a means of establishing an order of earth layers. Greenough remained unconvinced of this method, however. His primary concern was to establish geology in its own terms and not subjugate it to another science.