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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2020 03:19    Post subject: Selecting minerals for an exhibition is a lot of work  

Selecting minerals for an exhibition is a lot of work (see The Joy of Tucson, 2020 Gail Spann Experience) The nice thing about it is that you once again hold pieces in your hands and can view and enjoy them from all sides.The administration and packing are indeed a much less fun job.
I speak from experience. For many years I have been providing the exhibition for our mineral fair, usually also with other collectors, but often with material from my own collection.
Sometimes also with specimen from museum collections. In 2018 I organized an exhibition about Cornwall minerals. Our National Museum “Naturalis” has two Cornwall collections, an ore collection and a general collection.
They are spread over two locations in storage. All together more than 2000 pieces. From the catalog I had made a pre-selection of specimens that could be interesting.
I worked through both collections in two sessions and made a final selection of around 120 pieces.
Then a location layout was made such that the specimen could be displayed in three groups (3 showcases).
During a third visit to the depot, I packed everything together with the curator and took it to the exhibition location.
All in all, it was a fascinating process and a great experience to let many historical pieces pass through your hands. Very educational. The exhibition was a success, although few people will realize how much work it has been.
The minerals were not top pieces as we like to see them today. They were brought together by geologists and mineralogists who did fieldwork research in the area and took examples for research with them.
On the photo one of the three showcases with Cornwall specimen
Succes with the preparations.
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2020 04:29    Post subject: Re: Selecting minerals for an exhibition is a lot of work  

Not just Cornish, but many are from further afield in the UK

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In 2018 I organized an exhibition about Cornwall minerals. Our National Museum “Naturalis” has two Cornwall collections, an ore collection and a general collection.
On the photo one of the three showcases with Cornwall specimen
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2020 05:40    Post subject: Re: Selecting minerals for an exhibition is a lot of work  

You are right James, not just Cornish. The layout of the exhibition uses the book Minerals of Cornwall and Devon. We have specifically followed the 5 mining areas that are discussed in the book.
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