An electronic version of Journal 23 published in 2020, is now available on the The Journal web page
Spectacular 3D images of some of the specimens featured in Volume 24 of the Journal of the Russell Society, can be found by following this link. The anaglyph images must be viewed through red-cyan spectacles. These are inexpensive to obtain; an internet search will show multiple suppliers.
The Southern Branch has organised another one day symposium which is open to all members. It is to be held on Saturday 12 February at the Somerset Earth Science Centre. Visit the members page to see the programme and how to reserve your place.
The GA Annual Conference will be in Edinburgh on Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October 2021. Further information and booking details can be found at www.geologistsassociation.org.uk
We are sorry to report that Alan Dyer died on 7th September after a long illness. Alan was President of the Society 2005-2009 and will be remembered particularly for his expertise in the fields of natural and synthetic zeolites. A full tribute will appear in the next newsletter and a brief obituary can be found in Mindat.
Two further field trips have been organised by Southern Branch on Saturday 4 September, 2021 and on Saturday 11 September, 2021. See members page for information and booking arrangements.
Our new programme of monthly virtual talks is now on the members’ page. With talks on fluorite, mineral isotopes, Greenside Mine and gold mining it promises to be very interesting. More talks will be added as the season progresses.
Individuals with an interest in geology may be interested in a new inexpensive book that explains the principles of geology in in a manner that is simple to follow. The book “Geology for Walkers” by Steve Peacock, is aimed at walkers who wish to understand what they can see, and contains many clear illustrations. An extended extract from the book can be found here.
Please see the member’s page for more details.
The Russell Medal is awarded to individuals who have given outstanding service to mineralogy. It is not awarded annually but on an occasional basis. At this year’s ASM, the Medal was awarded to two individuals who are each well known in the field of mineralogy. Since the ASM was virtual, the awards could not be presented at the event but were delivered shortly afterwards.
Neil has been a leading figure in The Russell Society since its very early days and has served both on Council and the Central Branch Committee for many years. Through his business “Midland Minerals” Neil has supported establishments who teach geology and mineralogy, and encouraged many collectors who have visited his stand at mineral shows. His visual identification skills are well known- if you want a mineral identified ask Neil! Neil has put his outstanding mineral knowledge to good use by helping the editorial board of the Journal and contributing to many papers. He made the first discovery of bobkingite and has developed specialist knowledge of the mineralogy of Dolyhir quarry.
Before he retired Richard was professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, in Manchester, England. He has had an interest in mineralogy all his life and passed on his enthusiasm to many others, taking students on trips to old mine sites and acting as mentor to other mineralogists in the Manchester area. Richard has published many papers on mineralogy and co-authored descriptions of the new species herbertsmithite and zincolibethenite. He has been a valued member of the editorial board of Journal of The Russell Society. The copper secondary mineral braithwaiteite, was named in his honour.