Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society

Site last updated: 17th March 2020.
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Welcome to the SMFS Web Site

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Formed in 1971, we celebrated our corundum (var. ruby) anniversary (40th) in 2011 and in 2020 we will have been in existence for 49 years. SMFS is one of the oldest amateur mineral and fossil societies in the UK. The aims of the Society are to foster interest and expertise in the collecting, conservation and identification of minerals and fossils and, where possible, preserve and document the sites where they are found. We are a friendly group of people sharing a common interest in collecting, preserving and studying geology, minerals and fossils. Find out more About SMFS and what we get up to throughout the year.
SMFS Diary

Next SMFS evening meeting:

Next meeting TBA, (always the 3rd Tuesday of the month) starting at 19:30. Directions.

To be advised when regulations permit evening meetings once more.

Members' Display: TBA.

Please Note: Our entire programme has been suspended until all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show.

2019 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Poster.

Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show

Please Note: Due to Covid-19 control regulations the 2020 Show has been cancelled. We hope to see you in 2021.
Every year, on the first Saturday of September, SMFS organise the very popular Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show. 2019 was our 30th Show and it is the foremost South Coast Show of its type. The Show is held in the heart of the New Forest at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst Hampshire. The next Show is on Saturday 4th September 2021 from 10:00 to 16:30. We always have special displays from national and local institutions and organisations involved in the preserving or studying the wonderful geology and geological heritage that the British Isles has to offer. It is a great family day out with something to appeal to all ages and interests in a wonderful location. For more information and directions go the the Show Page. We look forward to meeting you at the Show in September.

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Eocene shark tooth

Tooth from Eocene shark Jaekelotodus trigonalis, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants.
Height = 40 mm. J. Hole specimen.

Our Meetings & Activities

Throughout the year we hold indoor meetings, field trips and other activities. Please see our Meetings Programme for full details. New members and guests are always welcome, we encourage families with young children to join and we hold sessions for beginners. You can come along any time to one of our meetings and find out more. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at The Friends' Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton starting at 19:30 to around 21:30 in the main hall on the ground floor. For further information, and directions on how to find us, please go to our Membership Page or contact us via the link above.

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Pyrite nodule on flint, Climping Beach, W. Sussex.
Width = 95 mm. G. Morse specimen.

Learn More

As well as information about Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society this site has pages on Minerals and Fossils, particularly from the South Coast of England. There are Features on other aspects of our hobby from themed trade cards, collecting equipment to members' individual collections. There are Links to other UK groups with mineral and fossil interests as well as other sites from the UK that may be of interest including UK mineral and fossil dealers that we can recommend.

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What's New on the SMFS Web Site

Our full programme for 2020 has been put on our Programme Page. You can download the complete SMFS Programme for 2020 (PDF file). You can also download an ICS calendar file for import into your electronic calendar SMFS iCalendar for 2020 (ICS file).

A new feature article has been added to the Features Page: What caused the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction? Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society member James Barnet shares some of his PhD research at the University of Exeter that can help to shed some new light on the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction. What caused the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction? page.

Information about the 2019 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show is available on the Show Page. along with the list of dealers for 2019 and the 2019 Show Guide for download as a PDF file.

The 2019 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Exhibitor List is now published as is the 2019 Show Guide now available for download as a PDF file for reference here.

Our News Page and links to other sites of interest has been updated. Take a look here News Page. On the News Page you can now find a download link for the book "Four Decades of Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society", produced by Anita Wolfe to celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2011. Take a look here Four Decades of SMFS.

The 2018 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Poster was a change from previous formats, see our News Page for details. The 2019 poster is now available on the Show Page. This can be downloaded as a full A4 sized PDF for quality printing. All of our previous Show posters are also still available there for you to download.

You can bookmark this site by using the link to the left. Please update any old bookmarks or favourites lists that you may have. Now you can also keep up to date with SMFS on Facebook.

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