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SMLS - Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011

Last Updated: 19th Nov 2011

Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011



A quick photo report of last weekend's mineral show at Haywards Heath organized by the Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society (SMLS)


The main hall at the show



The mindat.org table. Selling some unwanted minerals and promoting the conference.



Crystal Classics cabinets at the show



Diana Schlegel from Crystal Classics



Bornite on Blister Copper from Cornwall, Crystal Classics specimen



Azurite from New Mexico - Crystal Classics specimen



Libethenite from Zambia - Nick Shaffer specimen



Mimetite Mt. Bonnie Mine, Australia - Nick Shaffer specimen



Ivor Thurgood gives a presentation about mineral museums.


This year the theme of the competition was 'Self-collected minerals', and the judge was Ivor Thurgood, who has been involved in the mineral business for many decades, and used to run the biggest mineral shows in the UK (up until the early 1990s).


Competition display 1



Display 2



Aluminite from Newhaven, Sussex



Pyrite from Beachy Head



Cabinet 3



Rhodochrosite from Durnford Quarry, near Bristol, UK



Rhodochrosite pseudomorphs after calcite



Calcite and Prehnite, Loanhead Quarry, Scotland



Malachite on Chalcopyrite, Llynclys Quarry, Wales



Cabinet 4



Calcite after laumontite, Croft Quarry, Leicestershire



Vesignieite, Malachite, Chrysocolla - New Cliffe Hill Quarry, Leicestershire



Cabinet 5 - Fluorite from Hilton Mine



Cabinet 6



Fluorite from Heights Mine, Co.Durham, England



Ivor Thurgood (left) presenting award to Alastair Napier for the best display (number 3)



Fossil display



Close-up of fossil display



Austin Woodbridge helping at Richard Tayler's mineral table.



Some of Richard Tayler's more unusual minerals



And something for those with more limited budgets



Fluorite from Whiteheaps mine, Northumberland - Ian Jones specimen



Chalcocite from Geevor mine, Cornwall - Midland Minerals specimen



Haiweeite on Axinite, Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Stone Corner specimen



Cornish mineral dealer Nick Carruth



One of Nick's specimens - wonderful Axinite from Botallack clfifs, Cornwall.



Visitors enjoying the show



Liz Hacker



one of David and Liz's specimens - Campylite from Dry Gill mine



The kids loved the lucky dip. Any odd number won a prize



Buying lucky dip tickets



"Hematite? I wanted a cuprosklowdowskite."






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