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Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show 2016 review

Last Updated: 4th Sep 2016

By Jason Evans

This is my first show report so hopefully it will be OK!
The Hampshire Mineral and Fossil show has been running for 27 years and is organised by the Southampton Mineral and Fossil society, which itself was formed in 1971 and is one of the oldest mineral societies in the UK.
It is the only mineral show that I have gone to and the majority of the older specimens in my collection were obtained from this show.
I went every year back in the early days when it was held at a different venue in the city of Southampton, I recall it had a different name back then, something like the Southampton Mineral and Fossil fair.
I preferred the original venue, it was easier to get to using public transport, being close to the city centre, it was just a 20 minute bus ride from where I live, From what I understand it became to expensive to hold it at that venue so at some point they moved to the current site which is a very nice location, if you are able to drive! for me it involves a short train journey then a 45 minute bus journey and they only run once per hour.
Because of this I stopped attending for several years, and by this time I had discovered the wonders of the internet so that became my main source for minerals.
Last year I did decide to go and I was glad I did, it is all well and good buying minerals of internet sites but you miss out on getting to chat with people who share similar interests, and even the best photos can't compete with being ale to see the minerals in person.
As I mentioned previously this is the only mineral show I have gone to so I cannot really compare it to any other shows, from what I have been told it is quite a small show compared to the Bakewell show which seems to be the biggest in the UK, apparently the main exhibition area is about 4 times the size of this show, even so, this is the most prominent mineral and fossil show on the south coast.
There were 31 exhibitors at the show with a good variety of minerals and fossils, plus books, to suit all budgets, plus displays from the Southampton mineral and fossil society, The Dorset Geologists Association, Dinosaur Isle museum (from the Isle of Wight) and the Hants (Hampshire) Cultural Trust had a display of geological specimens from the local area.
I added 12 minerals to my collection, 10 of which are ones I did not already have, the ones I got which I already have a few specimens of was an attractive blue specimen from a fairly recent find (2012 I believe) the locality on the label says Sidi Lahcen, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco, but I have just found out that this is incorrect so I shall have to change that! The other one I already had was a staurolite penetration twin, but that is a 60 degree one, I have been keeping an eye out for a 90 degree one and now I have that!
I even treated myself to 2 fossils, whilst I much prefer minerals I do have a soft spot for trilobites, and also fossil teeth, so I got myself a nice Hollardops/Metachantina trilobite and a mosasaur tooth.

Lyndhurst Community Centre, the venue for the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil show

MMM - Mining, Minerals and Memorabilia with a good selection of UK minerals and also old mining artifacts.

Aeroliths had a selection of meteorites, tekites and impactites.

Richard Tayler at the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show 2016

Earth Wonders at the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil show

Broadstone minerals at the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show

Ralph Sutcliffe had a box of minerals he was giving away for free, this one was not in that box!

The minerals I got from the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil show

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