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SMLS - Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011

Last Updated: 19th Nov 2011

By Jolyon Ralph

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)

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The main hall at the show


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


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Crystal Classics cabinets at the show


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Diana Schlegel from Crystal Classics


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Bornite on Blister Copper from Cornwall, Crystal Classics specimen


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Azurite from New Mexico - Crystal Classics specimen


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Libethenite from Zambia - Nick Shaffer specimen


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Mimetite Mt. Bonnie Mine, Australia - Nick Shaffer specimen


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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).

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Competition display 1


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Display 2


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Aluminite from Newhaven, Sussex


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Pyrite from Beachy Head


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Cabinet 3


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Rhodochrosite from Durnford Quarry, near Bristol, UK


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Rhodochrosite pseudomorphs after calcite


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Calcite and Prehnite, Loanhead Quarry, Scotland


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Malachite on Chalcopyrite, Llynclys Quarry, Wales


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Cabinet 4


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Calcite after laumontite, Croft Quarry, Leicestershire


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


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Cabinet 5 - Fluorite from Hilton Mine


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Cabinet 6


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Fluorite from Heights Mine, Co.Durham, England


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


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Fossil display


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Close-up of fossil display


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Austin Woodbridge helping at Richard Tayler's mineral table.


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Some of Richard Tayler's more unusual minerals


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And something for those with more limited budgets


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Fluorite from Whiteheaps mine, Northumberland - Ian Jones specimen


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Chalcocite from Geevor mine, Cornwall - Midland Minerals specimen


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


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Cornish mineral dealer Nick Carruth


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


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Visitors enjoying the show


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Liz Hacker


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


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


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Buying lucky dip tickets


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"Hematite? I wanted a cuprosklowdowskite."






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