With over 125 new mineral specimens available, this October 2020 update is one of the largest ever, and has specimens from around the world with as ever an emphasis on those from the United Kingdom. Although the Covid lockdown in the UK affected collecting and purchase of collections during the year, two significant collections were acquired both with a strong emphasis on Derbyshire: -

Ray Richardson collection.

Sphalerite on fluorite, Ladywash Mine, Derbyshire. Specimen No. 1428Ray, a collector based in Nottinghamshire started collecting in the 1970s and was particularly interested in Derbyshire and ore minerals of Cornwall building up a particularly fine collection of cassiterite specimens from the South-west of England.

He was active when it was possible to collect at locations such as at Calton Hill, and regularly visited Moor Farm, Masson Hill, and Fall Hill quarries along with Ladywash mine, his collection being particularly strong in material from these places.

His cassiterite collection consists of around 100 specimens from unusual locations across Cornwall and Devon, complimenting those from more well-known mines. He was an accomplished draughtsman, drawing many sketches of mining and quarrying scenes, contributing articles to the UK Journal of Mines and Minerals. He with his wife ran the gift shop for a time at Crich Tramway museum.



Alan Wardman collection

Aurichalcite, Golconda Mine, Brassington, Derbyshire, Specimen No. 1427Alan, based in Derbyshire, spent his working life in the quarrying industry and because of this was uniquely placed to collect, his collection containing many fine Derbyshire specimens.

These included ones from Tearsall, Moor Farm and Masson Hill quarries on Bonsall Moor, Golconda mine at Brassington, Arbor Low and Fall Hill quarry near Ashover. Any Derbyshire Oakstone specimens he acquired were subsequently hand polished to bring out the structure. Along with Ray Richardson, he was involved in digging out some of the old lead workings and was a very good field collector.

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October 2020 update on Covid-19

October 2020 - With government rules as they are currently, we are working as normal provided we can arrange either courier collections at our address or we can drop off at a Post office. Couriers will deliver to most addresses, but for example they will not deliver to P.O. boxes and they do need a contact phone number for the receiver.

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