Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society

Site last updated: 25th February 2018.
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Formed in 1971, we celebrated our corundum (var. ruby) anniversary (40th) in 2011 and in 2018 we will have been in existence for 47 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 geology, minerals and fossils. Find out more About SMFS and what we get up to throughout the year.
Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show.

2017 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Poster.

Every year, on the first Saturday of September, SMFS organise the very popular Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show. 2018 will be our 29th 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 1st September 2018 from 10:00 to 16:30. We always have special displays from national and local institutions and organisations involved in the preserving or studying the wonderful geology and geological heritage that the British Isles has to offer. It is a great family day out with something to appeal to all ages and interests in a wonderful location. For more information and directions go the the Show Page. We look forward to meeting you at the Show in September.

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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. Please see our 2018 Meetings Programme for full details. New members and guests are always welcome, we encourage families with young children to join and we 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.

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What's New on the SMFS Web Site

Information about the 2018 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show will be available on the Show Page. News about our principle display for 2018 and other displays will be updated regularly as details are finalised.

The 2017 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show poster is still available on the Show Page. This can be downloaded as a full A4 sized PDf for quality printing. All of our previous similar posters are also still available for download.

The full SMFS 2018 Programme has been published and is now available for download as a PDF file here.

The 2017 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show exhibitor list Exhibitor List and the 2017 Show Handout is still available for download as a PDF file for reference here.

You can bookmark this site by using the link to the left. Please update any old bookmarks or favourites lists that you may have. Now you can also keep up to date with SMFS on Facebook.

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