An excellent evening, without doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, especially, I'll admit, mrodocs talk on his various projects on the Quantocks. Perhaps this was a little nostalgia as it's the area I grew up, or perhaps it was just good to hear some more of the back story to all the pictures TOR has been posting on here. Either way, I found it fascinating.
It was also interesting how many digs would appear to be hideously unstable or squalid, yet somehow the diggers are drawn back week after week, year after year, with the unflinching confidence that one day, they might find a metre or two of open cave passage!
We unfortunately suffered a slight technical issue (or perhaps breakdown in communication would by a better description), and our video presentation had not made if to the right laptop, so I gave an slightly unprepared talk on our digs at Bos Swallet and Rickford Rising (which are both about to break into opposite ends of the Burrington Mastercave). Fortunately, the wonders of technology mean that our video presentation is now viewable online. Enjoy
Footnote: it has been pointed out, since we recorded this that the first dive was actually by Bob Davies in 1955, using an Oxygen rebreather. Various other unsuccessful
attempts were made at the over the years, but as per our commentary, the main digging push was by Mike Barnes about a decade ago. My apologies for this error, resulting from a rushed online search while away from the relevant paper literature.