The conference was at the Geological Society of London, which was founded in 1807 and is the oldest geological society in the world. Geo-geek squee time!
If you read or heard about Simon Winchester's book The Map That Changed the World ... well, William Smith was a member of the GSL (after they were initially being total classist jerks) and they have one of his original maps on the wall there (the real one is covered by a curtain). They also have a couple of his chairs.
Bust of William Smith and his 1815 geological map of England, Wales and Scotland
|One of William Smith's Chairs|
Now I have to sort out how to get back into the swing of things.