Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society


News & Links of Interest to Mineral & Fossil Collectors

Winning photograph.

Rob Rider's winning photograph of an iguanodon footcast at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight. "Now, where did I bury the rest of it?"

New Poster for Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show

For the last nine years , since 2009, our posters for Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show have featured coloured bookplates from antique (out of copyright) geological books. There is a limited supply of these and thus this prompted time for a change.

Every year SMFS hold a Photographic Competition with entries from members in any of five categories. From the five winning photographs, from each category, one is selected as the best overall photograph and the winner gets to hold the Phillip Bampton trophy for the year. This year, 2018, was the twenty-first year that it has been presented and it was decided to use the winning photograph on the 2018 show poster.

The winning photograph for 2018 was of an iguanodon footcast taken on an SMFS field trip to Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight by member Rob Rider. The dog was a fortuitous accident allowing Rob to title the photograph "Now, where did I bury the rest of it?" Thus this now features on the 2018 poster for Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show.

We hope that you enjoy the our humorous show poster which can be downloaded from here as an A4 sized copy in PDF format. Our previous posters are now collectors items and you can download them from our Show Page.

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SMFS Diary.

You can now download our programme to your electronic calendar.

Our 2018 Programme released

The 2018 Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society Programme has been released. and contains all the events that the Society organises as well as other national and local events that members participate in or attend. On our Programme Page you can see the published programme for each month, download the full programme as a PDF document or download a calendar file to add to your electronic calendar. Take a look at the SMFS Programme Page for more information and links..

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Corundum variety ruby.

Corundum var. ruby. SMFS celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011.

Nearly 50 and Still Going Strong

Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society was formed in 1971 and we celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2011. To commemorate the event Anita Wolfe compiled an 158 page illustrated A4 book about the Society and it's achievements over the last four decades. The printed book was made available to members and the book is now available as an electronic document if you are interested in finding out more about our history. The book is in PDF format and the file size is nearly 10 MB so it will take a little time to download: Four Decades of SMFS. We hope to still be here in 2021 when Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society will be celebrating 50 years of rocking in the City.

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Links to Other Sites of Interest

The SMFS web site is edited by Gary Morse. If you have have any news items or interesting links that you think other mineral and fossil collectors might be interested in please pass them on using the Contact Us link above and they will be posted here.

Information and General Interest Sites.

Dorset Doings Doreen Smith's new site on Dorset featuring a miscellany of geology, fossils, rocks and minerals all from Dorset.
Mineral Collectors Page Possibly one of the best starting pages on the WWW. Lots of very good links.
Eocene and Oligocene Fossils An excellent page featuring A Collection of Eocene and Oligocene Fossils compiled by Alan Morton.
Mining in Tasmania This excellent site is all about Tasmanian mines and mining. Of particular interest is is a downloadable book "Turning Red Lead into Gold" the story of crocoite and other lead minerals of Tasmania.
The Fluorescent Mineral Society Specialist site on photoluminescence. Everything you want to know about fluorescent minerals.
The British Museum of Natural History This is the huge BMNH site. Pages on all subjects. The mineralogy department is doing some very interesting work.
West's Geology Directory Compiled by Dr. Ian West at The University of Southampton this award winning site is one of the most comprehensive for information and links. It is a large directory (100's of pages) of links, field trip guides and bibliographies, mostly on Southern England.
Charmouth Heritage Centre The Charmouth Heritage Centre is the focal point for fossil collecting along the South Coast. Good information on Jurassic exposures and fossils.
Jurassic Coast Trust The Jurassic Coast Trust site takes a walk through Jurassic time, with its rocks and fossils you can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past.
Mindat Mindat is the online mineral and locality database, containing information on minerals. The best site for mineral information.
UK Fossils Network The UK Fossils Network for information on fossil collecting guides, advice, fossil hunting locations and events.
Fossils of the Gault Clay This site is dedicated to the fossils of the lower Cretaceous Albian (Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds) in the county of Kent, England.
Sheppey Fossils Lower Eocene (Ypresian) fossils of the London Clay from the north coastal section of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
BGS The BGS gives you everything that you ever wanted to know about UK geology. Check out the OpenGeoscience for loads of free data!

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Links to other Groups, Clubs & Societies.

The Russell Society The Russell Society is a society of amateur and professional mineralogists which encourages the study, recording and conservation of mineralogical sites and material. This is the site for amateur mineral collectors.
Rockwatch The national group for young people. A very active organisation that all youngsters interested geological subjects should join.
Bournemouth Natural Science Society Information on the Natural Science Society which has a very active Geological Group.
British Micromount Society The excellent web site of the British Micromount Society.
Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society The Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society website.
Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society All about Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society and details of the Sussex Mineral Show.
The Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club Based in Edinburgh SMLC are one of the oldest clubs in the UK and this site has some interesting pictures of Scottish agates.
CMGS The web site site for Cheltenham Mineralogical & Geological Society.
Mineralogical Society of Great Britain The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland is an international society for all those working in the mineral sciences.
The Tertiary Research Group This site has information about the Group and their work with some very interesting papers.
Medway Fossils & Mineral Society Information about Medway Fossils & Mineral Society
Georgia Mineral Society The great site of our American friends who visited us in March 2002.

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UK Mineral & Fossil Dealers.

Mike's Minerals & Fossils Respected Lyme Regis dealer Mike Jeffries now has a full online internet sales site selling British and worldwide fossils, with a lot of Jurassic coast material, plus worldwide minerals. They will also provide information to the local visitor or fossil hunter to Lyme Regis in Dorset who might be interested in finding their own local fossils.
Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Dealers Links to the dealers who exhibit at the annual Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show can be found on our Show Page.

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Submit a Link

If you are a geological related group within the UK please send us your web site details so that we can foster links between the various groups for the mutual benefit of us all. Use the Contact Us link above to get in touch.
UK mineral and fossil dealers are welcome to request a link but we would expect a reciprocal link to our site. Contact us if you would like to have your site placed here.

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