The British Micromount Society

The British Micromount Society is a national organisation, founded in 1981. The aims of the Society are to promote contact between micromounters in the UK and encourage the development of micromounting as a branch of mineralogy through the publication of a regular newsletter, occasional field meetings and symposia. The Society publishes the British Directory of Micromounters – now in its 10th Edition, and maintains a National Reference Collection of Micromounts, available for postal loan to members. The Society has also developed a range of Occasional Papers on topics of interest to amateur mineralogists. There are local groups in Norfolk, Sussex, West Midlands, Cornwall, The North West Group in Bolton, and the South East Group in London. These meet at regular intervals and all members are welcome to attend any of the branches. Details in the About link.

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Memorial Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Harry Critchley

Provisionally Sunday 1 August 2021 It is proposed to hold a short memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Harry Critchley, with reflection pieces by family and friends, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted. The gathering will take place around the Memorial Table, outside the library at Lady Manner’s School, Shutts Lane, Bakewell, DE45 1JA (home of the Bakewell Rock Exchange). Please bring an umbrella just in case!  Access to toilets in the school will be available. Christine will confirm the date and arrangements as soon as it is possible to do so, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted. If you would like to attend please contact Christine directly and she will keep you informed of final details nearer the time. More details about Harry’s life can be found in this Mindat article. Header photo © Phil Taylor.

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Minerals of the Clara Mine

Many members will know Jacques Feijen. Today, he delivered a very interesting and well illustrated talk on the minerals of the Clara Mine, Germany. This Zoom session was recorded. You can watch the replay here… Best viewed full screen and in HD.

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Micro Minerals of Nevada

The fortnightly Micromount Club Zoom meeting was held yesterday. Bruce Kelley presented the Micro Minerals of Nevada… The video is now available here. All other videos are available here.

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Cornish Anatase…

It can be quite hard to pick out a single dark crystal on a generally all over dark specimen! Here is an example of a dark blue anatase crystal on a specimen that is on a matrix of mostly dark green chlorite. The specimen also contains cassiterite, albite and quartz. Anatase is a titanium oxide and can occur in equant crystals in a range of colours. Ex Bernie and Margaret Day Collection. The label on the base of the box is in Chris Jewson’s handwriting, and was collected around 2001. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 65 images. Steve Sorrell collection and photo.

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RIP Rick Turner

Some very sad news. Rick Turner passed away after a short illness this month. Rick has the mineral rickturnerite named after him. Rick recently gave a Zoom presentation to the Micromount Club. This on one of his favourite locations – Tolbachik. It was an excellent talk and you can watch the video here. Rick will be missed.

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