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Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society Meetings Programme 2017


Unless otherwise advised all evening meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month at The Friends' Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton beginning at 19:30. Entry is by the side door on the left hand side of the building. Parking is on the road outside and charges apply until 20:00. Directions from Google Maps UK can be accessed from here Venue map. Refreshments are served at meetings, after our activities, and we usually finish between 21:30 and 22:00.

At most evening meetings there will usually be a "Members' Display" of rock, mineral & fossil specimens (or any other related material) bought along and displayed by the members on a theme loosely related to the evening activity.

Guests are very welcome to come along to any evening meeting as a visitor to meet SMFS and the members before considering joining the Society.

Download the complete SMFS Programme for 2017 (PDF file). You can also download an ICS calendar file for import into your electronic calendar SMFS iCalendar for 2017 (ICS file).


Pyrope variety of garnet.

Pyrope variety of garnet.

January

Tuesday 17th January

SMFS Annual General Meeting followed by the "Members' Mini-Display" Competition. The David Griffiths trophy goes to the best display, up to A3 size, on any subject relating to our hobby. The overall winner will be judged by the members present. Annual subscriptions are due and can be paid on the evening.

Members' Display: Your favourite finds & acquisitions from 2016.

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Quartz variety amethyst.

Quartz variety amethyst.

February

Tuesday 21st February

The popular Annual SMFS photographic competition. Prizes for best photographic print in five different categories and the Philip Bampton trophy for the overall best photograph judged by the members present.

Members' Display: None this month.

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Beryl variety aquamarine.

Beryl variety aquamarine.

March

Tuesday 21st March

"My ten favourite fossils from the Booth Museum". Presentation by John Cooper, retired Keeper of Natural Sciences, Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton.

Members' Display: Your favourite fossil.

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Diamond.

Diamond in matrix.

April

Sunday 9th April

Field Trip: Visit to The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, Kimmeridge, Dorset followed by a guided tour of Kimmeridge Bay. More information from: The Etches Collection.

Tuesday 18th April

"Solnhofen" presentation by Chris Duffin.

Members' Display: Vertebrate fossils.

Saturday 22nd April

Field Trip: Newhaven, fossil and mineral collecting. Joint trip with Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society.

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Beryl variety emerald.

Beryl variety emerald.

May

Tuesday 16th May

"The Nautilus and the Ammonite" Presentation by Wolfgang Grulke. More information from: Nautilus - the book.

Members' Display: Ammonite and nautilus fossils.

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd May

Long weekend Field Trip: Isle of Wight. Includes a visit to Dinosaur Isle and a guided tour of the Island's dinosaur footprint sites, plus fossil and mineral collecting.

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Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

June

Tuesday 20th June

"Strontian Mines and Minerals" Presentation by mineral collector Stephen King.

Members' Display: Scottish minerals and fossils.

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Corundum variety ruby.

Corundum variety ruby.

July

Tuesday 18th July

"Ammonites - What use are they?" Presentation by Bob Chandler, consultant to the Natural History Museum London and Natural England and international expert on the ammonites of the Jurassic Inferior Oolite formation.

Members' Display: Inferior Oolite ammonites.

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Olivine variety peridot.

Olivine variety peridot.

August

Sunday 6th August

Field Trip: Mendips, a walk round the ancient lead and zinc mining areas looking at the history and industrial archaeology with Gary Morse.

Tuesday 15th August

Our Annual Swap & Sale Evening. Bring along any specimens, books or equipment for sale, swap or even give away. A great opportunity to clear your shed or add to your collection.

No Members' display this month.

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Corundum variety sapphire.

Corundum variety sapphire.

September

Saturday 2nd September

Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show, 10:00 - 16:30, Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hants. A day not to be missed. Further details on the Show can be obtained HERE.

Tuesday 19th September

"Dinosaurs and Sex: A romp through the beds of the Cretaceous" (PG) Presentation by Dr Jeremy Lockwood, Chair of The Friends of Dinosaur Isle, and Research Associate with Southampton University.

Members' Display: Dinosaur fossils and memorabilia.

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Opal.

Opal.

October

Tuesday 17th October

"Heavy Spar" Presentation on baryte by our Secretary Gary Morse.

Members' Display: UK and Worldwide baryte.

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Topaz.

Topaz.

November

Saturday 4th November

Festival of Geology, the annual Geologists' Association event at UCL, London. More information: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/festival.html

Saturday 18th November

Sussex Mineral Show, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, 10:00 - 16:30. More information: www.smls.org.uk

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th November

"Blast from the Past" at Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, Isle of Wight. Society members to have display tables on one of the two days. More information: http://www.dinosaurisle.com

Tuesday 21st November

"Mining Emeralds, where to go and how to find them" Presentation by Rob Bowell, Geochemist.

Members' Display: Precious and semi-precious minerals.

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Turquoise.

Turquoise.

December

Tuesday 19th December

"Recenseo Annus 2017", Gary Morse reviews the SMFS year in pictures, words and humour!

Members' Display: Minerals and fossils you have received as presents.

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