The Bakewell Mineral Show 'Rock Exchange' October 2008 - Show Report

15 October 2008

The Bakewell Mineral Show, also know as 'The Rock Exchange', was held at The Lady Manner's School in the small town of Bakewell situated in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire (an area famed for 'Blue John' Fluorite - hence the thumbnail of Don Edward's Blue John Goblet), England on the weekend 11/12th October.

Early on during the show commiserations were made for Les Fox, the long standing secretary of the Peak Lapidary and Mineral Society, and original organiser of The Bakewell Mineral Show, who sadly passed away back in May this year. The busy throng of dealers and customers stood for a minutes’ silence in remembrance for Les.

Bakewell Show overview
Bakewell Show early on Saturday morning

This relatively small, yet respected show is always a great social event and its cosiness makes for great mineral banter and catch up between dealers and customers. The show was well attended despite a lot of the dealer’s fears that customers would stay away due to the present economic climate.

This year we adopted our usual Bakewell DIY table of mineral flats for customers to hunt through. We brought solely British minerals from the Ian Acworth Collection and the Philadelphia Academy Collection.

Roy Starkey
Roy Starkey rifling through some of our boxes!

Notable at this year's show was The Russell Society Award presented to Andy Tindle, of The Open University, for his great efforts in producing his extensive reference book ‘Minerals of Britain and Ireland’. This is the first book of its kind charting the mineral wealth of these Isles since the last publication, by Greg and Lettsom, way back in 1858 – so a very well deserved award!

Andy Tindle & Rick Turner
Here is Andy Tindle being presented with the award by Rick Turner of The Russell Society.

Peter Ward’s display was a highlight this year – On display was the best Campylite from the whole of the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences Collection, dating back to the early 1800s – obtained from ourselves, and beside this was a one of the best green Campylites self-collected by Pete himself back in the 1970s. Of new finds on display on Pete’s stand was one of the best examples of Galena, Siderite and Fluorite to come out of a major new find on The Boundary Cross Vein, Rampgill Mine, Nenthead - A mighty specimen and as you can see Pete is quite pleased with himself!

Pete Ward Rampgill Galena
Pete Ward and the Rampgill Galena and Fluorite

Mimetite var. Campylite Caldbeck Fells Cumbria
The ex. Philadelphia Academy Campylite

The usual suspects were here this weekend including Mike Brook with some items from his personal collection for sale, Nick Carruth with his usual fare of classic minerals, Dave and Liz Hacker with a lovely suite of Chinese Pyromorphites from Daoping Mine, Mike Merry with some interesting Cornish bits, et al.

Dave and Liz Hacker
Liz Hacker

Mike Brooke
Mike Brooke

Nick Carruth
Nick Carruth (smiling!)

Rogues gallery! :

Steve Warren, Ian Bruce, Dr David Green
Steve Warren, Ian Bruce, and Dr David Green of The Museum of Manchester

Alan Barnes
Alan Barnes caught in the act

Steven Seymour Smith
Steven Seymour Smith – ‘Do you have a Frizington Baryte crystal this big?’

All in all a great show, as always, and of course many thanks to Les Fox for all his hard work in making the show what it is today.

Author: Ed
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