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Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society Meetings Programme 2019


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 available in a nearby car park or 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, before and 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. There are sometimes specimens for sale, and for free, at some meetings.

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 2019 (PDF file). You can also download an ICS calendar file for import into your electronic calendar SMFS iCalendar for 2019 (ICS file).


Pyrope variety of garnet.

Pyrope variety of garnet.

January

Tuesday 15th January 2019

SMFS Annual General Meeting followed by a specimen display of material collected, prepared or acquired by members. If up to it a brief verbal description of your finds would be appreciated. No competition just a chance to admire some lovely specimens. Annual subscriptions are due and can be paid on the evening.

Members' Display: Your best self collected pieces.

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Quartz variety amethyst.

Quartz variety amethyst.

February

Tuesday 19th February 2019

The popular Annual SMFS photographic competition. Cash prizes for the best photographic print in each of five different categories and the Philip Bampton trophy for the overall best photograph judged by the members present. The winning photograph may feature on the 2019 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show poster.

Members' Display: None this month.

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Beryl variety aquamarine.

Beryl variety aquamarine.

March

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show, Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. 10:00 to 16:00. Free Entry. More details: Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show

Saturday 16th March 2019

A visit to see the fabulous fossil collections of Wolfgang Grulke and Dr John Whicher.

Tuesday 19th March 2019

"European Jurassic to Early Cretaceous non-marine molluscs and palaeoenvironments" a presentation by Dr Martin Munt, Curator & General Manager, Dinosaur Isle, IOW.

Members' Display: Isle of Wight Minerals and Fossils.

Sunday 24th March 2019

Field Trip to Worbarrow Bay, Dorset. Mineral and fossil collecting. Meet at 10:00 Tyneham village car park.

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Diamond.

Diamond in matrix.

April

Tuesday 16th April 2019

"The Virtuous Lady" illustrated presentation by SMFS Field Trip Secretary, Barry Pitt.

Members' Display: Minerals & Fossils from Devon.

Sunday 27th April 2019

Field Trip to Herne Bay, Kent to collect fossils and minerals. Joint trip with Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society.

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Beryl variety emerald.

Beryl variety emerald.

May

Saturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May 2019

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis, Dorset. More details: Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Sunday 12th May 2019

Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show, Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. 10:00 to 16:00. Free Entry. More details: Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show

Thursday 16th May to Tuesday 21st May 2019

SMFS Field Trip. A six-day mineral collecting field trip to South Devon. We are planning to visit at least seven classic collecting locations.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

"Collecting Fluorescent Minerals in Langban, Sweden" a presentation by Dr Michael Doel, Russell Society.

Members' Display: Fluorescent minerals.

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Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

June

Tuesday 18th June 2019

"Where did the Sauropods Roam?" a presentation by Megan Jacobs, postgraduate student, MRes, Portsmouth University.

Members' Display: Anything Dinosaur!

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Corundum variety ruby.

Corundum variety ruby.

July

Tuesday 16th July 2019

"A Green Man and fossil adventures in Brittany" a presentation by Dr Bob Chandler, Natural History Museum & Wessex Cephalopod Club.

Members' Display: French fossils and minerals.

Sunday 28th July 2019

Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show, Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. 10:00 to 16:00. Free Entry. More details: Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show

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Olivine variety peridot.

Olivine variety peridot.

August

Tuesday 20th August 2019

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 a few specimens to your collection.

No Members' display this month.

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Corundum variety sapphire.

Corundum variety sapphire.

September

Saturday 7th September 2019

The 30th 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 17th September 2019

"How does nature make good mineral specimens? Insights into mineral formation" an illustrated presentation by Dr Nic Holland, Taranis Minerals.

Members' Display: Crystallised minerals.

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Opal.

Opal.

October

Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2019

The Rock Exchange, Mineral & Fossil Fair, Bakewell, Derbyshire. 10:00 to 17:00. More details: The Rock Exchange

Tuesday 15th October 2019

"The Wonderful World of Pseudomorphs" an illustrated presentation by Gary Morse.

Members' Display: Pseudomorphs.

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Topaz.

Topaz.

November

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Festival of Geology. The annual Geologists' Association event at University College London. More information: Festival of Geology.

Saturday 16th November 2019

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

A date to be confirmed in November 2019

"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: Blast from the Past

Tuesday 19th November 2019

"The Skye Meteorite" a presentation by Dr Simon Drake and Dr Andy Beard, Birkbeck, University of London.

Members' Display: Minerals and rocks from outer space!

Sunday 24th November 2019

Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show, Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. 10:00 to 16:00. Free Entry. More details: Oxford Mineral & Fossil Show

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Turquoise.

Turquoise.

December

Tuesday 17th December 2019

"Geological Cartoons; historical & modern" a presentation by SMFS Chairman, Phil James.

Members' Display: Geological Funnies!

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