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David Clayton has uploaded:
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There was always a few minerals round the house from as far back as I can remember. Dad (John Clayton) explored abandoned mines as a teenager in '61, by the late 60's early 70's he had a partner in crime and had been down some of the classic Northern England mines; Carrock, Red Gill, Hilton, Murton, Smallcleugh...
As he wasn't involved in dealing only a few specimens were liberated, but I'd say some are damn fine. Family commitments must have then put a stop to such shinanigans by mid '70's...
Dad; inspired me to become a geologist
Looking for rocks age 10 c.1980
Dad; inspired me to become a geologist
Looking for rocks age 10 c.1980
Dad; inspired me to become a geologist
Looking for rocks age 10 c.1980
At primary school I started having an interest in fossils and soon after was picking up rocks. The interest didn't wane and I went on to O & A level geology at school, around that time I started badgering Dad to take me to some of his old locations (mainly above ground) and started my own mediocre mineral collection. Inevitably I went on to do a degree in geology, but finding plenty of other distractions my minerals specimens were left collecting dust at my parents.

Fast forward 20 years and I'm in Hong Kong, my parents are moving house and suggest that if I want to stop my minerals going to the tip I best get them sorted out pretty sharpish. Flights were booked and my best specimens were brought back to HK. My interest is once again piqued, specimens are cleaned and put in a cabinet and a local mineralogical society is found.
After 20 years it was disappointing to find most of my old haunts are now off limits to collectors...Caldbecks, Nenthead, Florence...if only I'd known at the time...so maybe my collection is not so bad after all.

Since 2008 I escape into China or SE Asia on mine visits organised by the Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong or the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mines (IOM3) once or twice a year; some wild goose chases; some interesting finds... check out my favourites if interested.

Have posted some photos from my old collection and recent finds mainly from Asia & Northern England. All specimens are self-collected so will not match the quality of the mineral dealers, but I hope will give you an idea of what can be found should you be inspired to visit these places.

You may also like to take a look at John Clayton's page as my original source of inspiration that led me to become a geologist. Better specimens than mine and some interesting sketches of his mine exploration.


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