BMS Symposium 2022

16th, 17th and 18th September 2022. Everything is in place for our Forty First BMS Symposium to take place at the College Court Conference Centre, Knighton Road, Leicester. It will be great to get back to a real event meeting friends in person and talking about minerals which we can share and enjoy together. Everyone is looking forward to the weekend. For those wanting the extra day of mineral chat and socialising, we will start to assemble at the Conference Centre on the afternoon of Thursday 16th September and there will be the opportunity to join other delegates for an evening meal. The Symposium will officially start first thing on the Friday morning as further delegates arrive. We have the usual Oak Room booked where we can set up our microscopes and put out material for viewing and sharing with the other members. Ample space will allow for the usual range of micros and hand specimens to be displayed, exchanged and sold. After two years of Covid it is likely that the traditional “Grab Table” of “excess to requirements minerals” will be more than usually laden. Buffet lunches and evening meals will be available on the Friday and Saturday. As usual, a range of experts will be on hand to identify minerals or give advice on almost any mineralogical subject from UK locations to specimen photography. A number of talks are planned. As always, Nigel Hoppe will provide a microscope cleaning service. And of course there will be the usual […]

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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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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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New Home

The British Micromount Society website has a new home… Due to constraints with the Homestead hosting, a decision was made to build a new website. Steve Sorrell is the new webmaster and is hosting the site as a subdomain of his mineralcollective.com site.

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