BMS Newsletter Index

Trevor Devon has kindly started the task of creating an index of articles, authors, minerals and photographs in BMS Newsletters. As at June 2021, the index has been completed for issues 1 to 8, and 85 to 112, and can be found here.

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Microminerals and Social Media

There are a number of ways that you can share photos of your microminerals, or simply enjoy others’ posts, on Social Media. On Facebook, there is the British Micromount Collectors Group (set up for members of the BMS, then opened more widely), The Micromount Club, and Minerals of Slags if that is something you are interested in. If you aren’t that keen on Facebook, there is an alternative in MeWe. On this site, there is a mineral hub with groups set up for Micromounts, Specimen a Day, and Mineral of the Week, amongst others. In the latter, this week’s Mineral of the Week is olivenite, and this specimen from Wheal Gorland in Cornwall is one of the olivenite specimens posted. Click on the image for a higher resolution version.

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Caledonite on Cerussite, Red Gill, Cumbria

Ask my granddaughter and she will tell you that my favourite colour is blue. And what can be nicer than a blue caledonite, particularly when it is from a locality that I visited on a trip to the UK. This specimen was previously in the Bernie Day collection. Many society members would know Bernie from his trips over to the UK many years ago. It is a specimen of caledonite with cerussite and quartz from the Red Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. The width of view is a tiny 2.5mm, and the photo was created from a stack of 100 images. Now in my collection. Steve Sorrell

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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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