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SMLS - Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011

Last Updated: 19th Nov 2011

By Jolyon & Katya 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)

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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