MGS 60th Anniversary Dinner - Thursday May 8th 2014

We are pleased to announce that to celebrate the MGS 60th Anniversary, we are hosting a meal at the Terrace Suite at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston on the evening of Thursday 8th May 2014.

There will be a drinks reception within the glasshouses and the terrace followed by a three course meal in the Terrace Suite. Full bar facilities will be available. Our after dinner speaker will be Professor Eddie Bromhead, who is well known for his light hearted geotechnical banter and sometimes controversial opinion.

The tables are oval shape and seat ten or eleven people. Corporate parties are welcome. Free parking is available at the venue.

Tickets cost £65 per person and must be booked by Wednesday 30th April 2014. You do not need to be an MGS member to attend – the event is open to everyone.

If you would like to attend please complete and return the booking form with payment to

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The Society was founded in 1954 as the Midlands Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Society to promote ideas and promulgate research findings in this continually developing area of technology. An important function is to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience between practitioners and thus enhance the collective contribution which members can make to engineering practice.

Since its foundation, lectures have been presented by some of the most eminent names in the world of Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology including, Professors Bishop, Skempton, Burland, Hutchinson, Rowe, Vaughan and Penman.

In the 1970s it changed its name to the Midland Geotechnical Society to embrace the broader issues arising from an understanding of Geological and, more recently, Geoenvironmental perspectives. In recognition of the latter, an annual Environmental Lecture was established, the first of which was given by Jonathan Poritt and followed by Sir Hugh Rossi and other prominent activists in this field.

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