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Are We Not Dreaming – how Martel shaped the future of Speleology

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The Marble Arch Caves are delighted to announce they are hosting a talk on the Father of Speleology Edouard-Alfred Martel by Richard Watson.

This talk is taking place as part of the Marble Arch Caves ongoing celebrations of the International Year of Caves and Karst (2021). Edouard Martel played a significant role in shaping the science of speleology and pioneered many aspects of early modern cave exploration, including the first recorded scientific exploration of the Marble Arch Caves systems in 1895.

There is no better person to hear the stories and tales of Edouard Martel than from Richard Watson, whom himself played an important role in the early developments of the Marble Arch Caves Show Cave. Richard, an enthusiastic caver and strong advocate for the Speleological Union of Ireland and Cave Rescue Ireland can captivate your imagination and fascinate you, as he retells the great story behind the man of Edouard-Alfred Martel. 

5 key topics covered:

  • Martel’s early life and formative years
  • His initial adventures in exploration
  • Major cave discoveries made by Martel
  • Martel’s key contributions to the Science of Speleology
  • Martel’s expedition to Fermanagh and other parts of Ireland in 1895

Guest Speaker: Richard Watson

Tickets/Booking: This free online talk is being hosted via Microsoft Teams. Please click ‘Book now’ to be directed Eventbrite where you can book your tickets. A link to the talk will be sent via email confirmation. Spaces are limited.

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Are We Not Dreaming – how Martel shaped the future of Speleology
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Date: 09/12/2021 - 09/12/2021
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Time: 7:30pm
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Location: Online Talk
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Duration: 1 Hour (includes 15min for Q&A)
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Ability Level: Beginner level
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Booking Information: Free
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