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Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society Meetings Programme 2021

Please Note: Our entire meeting programme has been suspended until all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. We have regular monthly talks hosted on Zoom and the dates for these are given below. Members will be notified by email on the subjects. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.


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 green 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 around 21:30.

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 2021 (PDF file). You can also download an ICS calendar file for import into your electronic calendar SMFS iCalendar for 2021 (ICS file).


Pyrope variety of garnet.

Pyrope variety of garnet.

January

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Zoom Meeting - "Trilobites" with Joseph "PaleoJoe" Kchodl from Michigan, USA.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Quartz variety amethyst.

Quartz variety amethyst.

February

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Zoom Meeting - "Essex Rocks: Aspects of the Geology of Essex" Gerald Lucy, FGS.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Beryl variety aquamarine.

Beryl variety aquamarine.

March

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Zoom Meeting - "The geological evolution of the New Forest: A 300 million year tale of semi-arid deserts, playa lakes, floodplains roamed by dinosaurs, subtropical seas and swamps." by Dr James Barnet.

Members' Display: Not applicable.


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Diamond.

Diamond in matrix.

April

Thursday 29th April 2021

Zoom Meeting - A Celebration of 50 years of SMFS on the actual evening of the inaugural meeting 50 years ago in April 1971.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Beryl variety emerald.

Beryl variety emerald.

May

Tuesday 18th May 2021

Zoom Meeting - Subject to be advised.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

Orthoclase feldspar variety moonstone.

June

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Zoom Meeting - Subject to be advised.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Corundum variety ruby.

Corundum variety ruby.

July

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Zoom Meeting - Subject to be advised.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Olivine variety peridot.

Olivine variety peridot.

August

Tuesday 17th August 2021

Zoom Meeting - Subject to be advised.

Members' Display: Not applicable.

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Corundum variety sapphire.

Corundum variety sapphire.

September

Saturday 4th September 2021

Hopefullly the Show will go ahead in 2021. The 31st 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 21st September 2021

Evening meeting to be arranged.

Members' Display: To be advised.

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Opal.

Opal.

October

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Evening meeting to be arranged.

Members' Display: To be advised.

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Topaz.

Topaz.

November

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Evening meeting to be arranged.

Members' Display: To be advised.

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Turquoise.

Turquoise.

December

Tuesday 21st December 2021

Evening meeting to be arranged.

Members' Display: To be advised.

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