Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society

Site last updated: 10th June 2016.
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Formed in 1971, we celebrated our corundum (var. ruby) anniversary (40th) in 2011 and in 2016 we will have been in existence for 45 years. SMFS is one of the oldest amateur mineral and fossil societies in the UK. The aims of the Society are to foster interest and expertise in the collecting, conservation and identification of minerals and fossils and, where possible, preserve and document the sites where they are found. We are a friendly group of people sharing a common interest in collecting, preserving and studying minerals and fossils. Find out more About SMFS and what we get up to throughout the year.
Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show.

2016 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Poster.

Every year on the first Saturday of September SMFS organise the very popular Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show. 2016 will be our 27th Show and it is the foremost South Coast Show of its type. The Show is held in the heart of the New Forest at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst Hampshire. The next Show is on Saturday 3rd September 2016 from 10:00 to 16:30. For more information and directions go the the Show Page. We look forward to meeting you there.

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Eocene shark tooth

Tooth from Eocene shark Jaekelotodus trigonalis, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants.
Height = 40 mm. J. Hole specimen.

Throughout the year we hold indoor meetings, field trips and other activities (see our 2016 Meetings Programme for details). New members and guests are always welcome and we encourage families with young children to join and hold sessions for beginners. You can come along any time to one of our meetings and find out more. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at The Friends' Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton starting at 19:30 to around 21:30 in the main hall on the ground floor. For further information, and directions on how to find us, please go to our Membership Page or contact us via the link above.

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Pyrite nodule on flint, Climping Beach, W. Sussex.
Width = 95 mm. G. Morse specimen.

As well as information about Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society this site has pages on Minerals and Fossils, particularly from the South Coast of England. There are Features on other aspects of our hobby from themed trade cards, collecting equipment to members' individual collections. There are Links to other UK groups with mineral and fossil interests as well as other sites from the UK that may be of interest including UK mineral and fossil dealers that we can recommend. Use our Sitemap to browse the full contents.

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Nevis Range and Mamores cover

Exploring the Nevis Range and Mamores, Scotland by James Barnet.

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What's New on the SMFS Web Site

New Book by SMFS Member James Barnet

James Barnet has been a member of SMFS for more than fifteen years and was also formerly a member of Rockwatch. James became interested in geology from an early age after discovering Eocene gastropods and shark's teeth in a deeply cut riverbed near his home in Bramshaw in the New Forest. James went on to obtain a First Class Master's Degree in Geology from the University of Southampton in 2008.

Another of James' keen interests is mountain climbing and he has spent a significant portion of time climbing the Munros of Scotland, with a particular focus on the Nevis and Mamore ranges around Fort William in the west of the country. James has now written a book "Exploring the Nevis Range and Mamores, Scotland" the culmination of over four years work, it aims to be the most complete guide available for this area. More information here.

The full SMFS 2016 Programme is available for download as a PDF file here.

The previous (2015) Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show exhibitor list Exhibitor List and the Show Handout is still available for download as a PDF file here.

Information about the 2016 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show is now available on the Show Page. This will be updated regularly as details are finalised

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