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.
Please see members’ page for information
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.
With restrictions on travel and social activities being gradually lifted, we are very fortunate that Chris Finch has organised a field trip to Cavendish Mill, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire to collect minerals extracted from Milldam Mine. The trip is on Thursday 20 May 2021.
For details, please contact Chris Finch at: email@example.com
The Zoom presentation in April will be by Sylvia Humphrey who will be telling us about “Sunday Stones of Tyneside Collieries”
Intrigued? Then sign in on Wednesday 7th April. The link will appear in the members page and the waiting room will open at 19.45 ready for the talk to start at 20.00.
Provisionally Sunday 1 August 2021
It is proposed to hold a short memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Harry Critchley, with reflection pieces by family and friends, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted.
The gathering will take place around the Memorial Table, outside the library at Lady Manner’s School, Shutts Lane, Bakewell, DE45 1JA (home of the Bakewell Rock Exchange).
Please bring an umbrella just in case! Access to toilets in the school will be available.
Christine will confirm the date and arrangements as soon as it is possible to do so, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted.
If you would like to attend please contact Christine directly and she will keep you informed of final details nearer the time.
There is a nice tribute to Harry on Mindat https://www.mindat.org/mesg-515112.html