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Jolyon Ralph receives Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2019

Last Updated: 13th Dec 2019

By Roy Starkey

This year’s recipient of the Marsh Award for Mineralogy was none other than Mindat founder Jolyon Ralph.
I travelled down to London to join a group of well-wishers and supporters for the ceremony at the Natural History Museum.
The glorious NHM building was looking at its very best in bright winter sunshine with a backdrop of blue sky and fluffy white clouds. The ever-popular seasonal ice rink was doing a brisk trade in the foreground.
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The Natural History Museum London

We had arranged to meet up in the Mineral Gallery and then go for lunch.

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The Team in the Mineral Gallery at the NHM London

The Team in the Mineral Gallery – (L to R) Jane Randle, Richard Tayler, Gerald Lucy, Peter Nancarrow, Simon Kocher (partially obscured), Austin Woodbridge, Susan Tyzack and Ivor Thurgood, with Jolyon Ralph and Mike Rumsey of the NHM deep in discussion in the background.

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The Team in the Mineral Gallery NHM London

The Team in the Mineral Gallery – (L to R) Jane Randle, Richard Tayler, Gerald Lucy, Simon Kocher, Susan Tyzack, Austin Woodbridge and Roy Starkey.

After a tasty lunch in the Museum café we headed over to the Earth Galleries to see the newly refurbished displays in Earth’s Treasury which Robin Hansen has been working on over the past year.

Gone is the horrible black plastic drain grid and wire gauze and the generally dreadful appearance. The new displays feature improved lighting, new labels, a plain black cloth base to the case and look very smart and pleasing to the eye. Well done Robin and team!

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The group enjoying the refurbished displays in Earth’s Treasury

The group enjoying the refurbished displays in Earth’s Treasury (note Jolyon has neither a camera nor a mobile phone in his hand – could be a world first!).

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F. N. Ashcroft display of Alpine minerals


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Graphic panel with brief bio of F. N. Ashcroft in Earth's Treasury, NHM, London


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Part of the display showing a small selection of specimens from the collection of Sir Arthur Russell (1878-1964) in Earth's Treasury, NHM, London


A few more Russell specimens…

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Part of the display showing a small selection of specimens from the collection of Sir Arthur Russell (1878-1964), Earth's Treasury, NHM London


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View along the newly refurbished cases in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


More of Sir Arthur’s collection
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A selection of specimens from the collection of Sir Arthur Russell (1878-1964) in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


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A simply superb specimen of Lanarkite acquired by Sir Arthur Russell from the Robert Ferguson of Raith Collection in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


Next up a selection from the refurbished gemstone displays

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A beautiful display of gem tourmaline in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


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The Charles R.Matthews and Arthur Herbert Church gem collections in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


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Corundum makes beautiful gemstones! Display in Earth's Treasury, NHM London


Now it is time for us to gather in the Flett Theatre for the guest lecture and awards ceremony.

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Waiting for things to start at the Marsh Awards presentation ceremony 2019


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Martha Richter, Principal Curator in Charge, Vertebrates – welcomes us to the NHM and the Marsh Awards ceremony for 2019

Martha Richter, Principal Curator in Charge, Vertebrates – welcomes us to the NHM and the Marsh Awards ceremony for 2019.
The guest lecturer this year was Professor Ian Crawford vice-president of the Royal Astronomical Society who gave a fascinating and thought provoking lecture on 'The Future Exploration of the Moon’.

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Professor Sara Russell, Merit Researcher in Cosmic Mineralogy and planetary sciences at the NHM introduces Professor Ian Crawford

Professor Sara Russell, Merit Researcher in Cosmic Mineralogy and planetary sciences of the NHM introducing Professor Ian Crawford http://www.bbk.ac.uk/geology/our-staff/ian-crawford

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Professor Ian Crawford delivering his lecture on 'The Future Exploration of the Moon’


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Professor Ian Crawford delivering his lecture on 'The Future Exploration of the Moon’ – The Moon as a Recorder of Astrophysical Events


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Professor Ian Crawford delivering his lecture on 'The Future Exploration of the Moon’ – the need for expanded scientific infrastructure


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Dr Martha Richter introducing Mr John Bennett who will be presenting the Marsh Awards


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Mr John Bennett giving an overview of the Marsh Christian Trust and its activities


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Mr John Bennett reviews previous winners of the Marsh Awards


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Jolyon Ralph receiving the Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2019 from Mr John Bennett


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Jolyon Ralph receiving the Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2019 from Mr John Bennett


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Dr David Penney receiving the Marsh Award for Palaeontology for 2019 from Mr John Bennett


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Dr Martha Richter introducing the winners of the Marsh Award for Best Earth Science Book 2019


Dr Martha Richter introducing the winners of the Marsh Award for Best Earth Science Book 2019 https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030059149

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Dr Dan Kelley receiving the Marsh Award for Best Earth Science Book 2019 from Mr John Bennett

Dr Dan Kelley https://www.dankelleygeology.com/about receiving the Marsh Award for Best Earth Science Book 2019 from Mr John Bennett

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Post-awards wine reception at the NHM London



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Hurrah – my train home from Euston is on time – for now at least!

Hurrah – my train home from Euston is on time – for now at least!

About the Marsh Awards
The Palaeontology and Mineralogy awards recognise contributions made in the UK, which could include popular publications, websites, collecting and donation of natural history collections to museums, superb preparation or conservation of specimens in public collections, artistic or technical innovations.

The Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year award recognises the achievements of authors who have published outstanding scientific or academic books in the field of Earth Sciences in the UK or abroad.

Three awards are presented:
The Marsh Award for Palaeontology
The Marsh Award for Mineralogy
The Marsh Award for Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

A certificate and £1,000 prize is awarded for each award.

See https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/the-marsh-awards-for-palaeontology-mineralogy-earth-sciences-book.html

and

https://www.marshchristiantrust.org/partner/natural-history-museum/

for additional background information.

Congratulations Jolyon and many, many thanks from the thousands of users of Mindat worldwide.

Roy

PS It is not too early to start thinking about nominations for the Marsh Awards 2020 - get your thinking caps on!





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