Get ready for the ASM 2018

The next Russell Society Annual Society Meeting is being organised by the Central Branch and will take place from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April 2018.

The location of the ASM will be College Court Conference Centre Hotel, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF.

Further details and a booking form will be circulated to members with JRS 20 towards the end of 2017.

Please support The Lapworth Museum, now!

Members will be familiar with the support and hard work Roy Starkey has contributed to the transformation of The Lapworth Museum at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Roy would also like to share this great news about the museum and seek your support following the museum’s shortlisting for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, along with Tate Modern, The Hepworth Wakefield, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

Representatives from the Museum attended the event at the British Museum last night, when the shortlist was announced live on the BBC Radio4 Front Row programme. There was immediate press coverage and lots of mentions of David vs Goliath particularly in connection with Lapworth – Tate Modern. Several of the broadsheets and the BBC already have write-ups of the shortlist. The Telegraph and the FT and particularly The Guardian and BBC all have good coverage. There will be more coverage over the weekend, including on BBC Breakfast this morning and then a double-page feature on the shortlist in The Guardian on Saturday. In addition to the press release and social media activity, the clock tower was lit up with the Lapworth and Art Fund logos between 9pm and 10pm last night.

You can see a short video from YouTube featuring the finalists here.

You can also help to promote the museum on social media in the run-up to the final decision through the Art Fund website here. If you do so, please tag both Art Fund (@artfund) and Lapworth Museum (@LapworthMuseum) and use the hashtags #museumoftheyear and #lapworthrocks.

The Art Fund will be offering a weekly prize of a National Art Pass and a museum goody bag for their favourite post (across all five museums). The Lapworth will also award a prize to a favourite post each week. Even if you are not personally active on social media, please spread the word to your friends and contacts / Societies, and ask them to get involved.

Thanks for your support – fingers crossed for a good result!

The Lapworth Museum website can be found though this link here.


Latest NAMHO newsletter

Russell Society members with an interest in mining might like to read the latest newsletter from the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO).

The newsletter can be downloaded as a pdf document here.

North Pennines Mineral Expo – July 2017

Following the recent resurgence of interest in specimen mining in Weardale a new event, the North Pennines Mineral Expo, has been organised for the weekend of 29th and 30th July 2017 in the heart of the Dale at St John’s Chapel, County Durham.

Entry is free and The Russell Society will have a stall there. Please try and get along to the Expo, it promises to be a fun day out and a good opportunity to meet people.

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Charnwood anniversary exhibition

The Society’s Central branch has organised an exhibition during April and May of rocks, fossils and minerals from the Charnwood area.

The exhibition is at the Charnwood Museum and marks 60 years since the first academically-verified report of a Late Precambrian fossil in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire.

A download of a pdf giving further information about the exhibition can be downloaded here

Mineral collection for sale

Society member David Briggs wishes to let other members know that he is selling his collection at auction at Tennants of Leyburn on Friday 26th/Saturday 27th May 2017 – to coincide with the Leyburn Mineral and Fossil Fair that weekend.

The collection comprises mainly UK minerals with an emphasis on the North of England including Yorkshire and Weardale fluorites. There are also specimens from noted Cumbrian sites including Hodbarrow when it was working, and from Dulcote and Yate in the southwest, collected when they were working quarries.








Details of the Leyburn Fair can be found here.


ASM 2017 Booking & Update

Following the unexpected need to move the location of the ASM 2017, the North West Branch has acted swiftly. Llandudno is now the location for the ASM for 21st – 23rd April 2017.

Conference activities will be held at the St George’s Hotel. A group booking for accommodation has been made at The County Hotel, and members can take advantage of preferential rates using the accommodation booking form that can be downloaded from this page.

More detail about the ASM and accommodation is in these documents:

An updated version of ASM activities can be downloaded as a pdf document here.

An ASM booking form can be downloaded as a pdf document here.

An accommodation booking form can be downloaded as a pdf document here.

ASM 2017 – Important update

Important information from the NWRS Committee about the ASM 2017

We have just received very unfortunate news from The Lodge Hotel – the planned location for the ASM 2017 – which means we must find a new location for the ASM:

“It is with deep regret that I wish to inform you that due to a change in our personal circumstances (regarding my health) we are unable to fulfil your booking for April. I completely understand your disappointment, but we feel we have no option, as myself and wife are the main hosts and organisers for the hotel. We will reimburse your deposit. Please again accept our deepest apologies. Regards, Neil.”

We obviously hope Neil’s health improves very soon.

So where do we go from here? Well we get on with life and sort things out differently. So…

No-one had actually paid any money to ‘The Lodge’ for accommodation and they are returning the deposit paid by the Society so there is no financial loss, as it were.

The venue will obviously have to change and the price at a new venue may be higher (probably will be if we are realistic). We have been looking at places in Llandudno, but many are already booked. We have found one venue for the conference which is available and one hotel which is available so ‘watch this space’.

Sorry this is so ‘sketchy’ but we felt we needed to inform as many members as possible as soon as possible. As soon as new arrangements are sorted we will let you know.

Book now for the 2017 ASM

The Russell Society’s Annual Society Meeting (ASM) 2017 is being held in North Wales from April 21 – 23. This entertaining weekend includes field trips, dinners and other social activities, as well as a day of presentations.

Full details about the ASM and a booking form can be downloaded as a pdf file here.


Robert Symes conference booking

A Commemorative Meeting to celebrate the life and work of Robert Symes is being held on Thursday 8 December in London.

More details about the event and a booking form are found by downloading this pdf file here.

This one-day meeting has been convened under the auspices of Geological Society and History of Geology Group (HOGG) in association with the Geologists’ Association, The Ussher Society, The Russell Society and The Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society.