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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
Success 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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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2020 09:37    Post subject: Re: Selecting minerals for an exhibition is a lot of work  

I have displayed at several show venues for about 15 years now.

The way I pick the show case display items depends primarily on 3 factors:
The theme of the show. Sometimes I follow the theme, sometimes I don't.
The overall quality and size of my pieces to be displayed, also somewhat dependent on my case theme and the show theme.
The show audience; is the show a specialized one or a general open show.

For most general shows with a range of dealers and a general customer base, I try to pick large colorful cabinet size specimens, at least a few of which are locally self-collected.

Most show goers connect with these large specimens, especially those that have been collected by me from nearby localities.
The parents are always remarking to their kids about how great some local self-collected finds can actually be.
Personally, I have found that in general shows, the display observers pass over cases with tiny specimens or rare examples from unknown far off places.
They tend to linger at the cases with showy and local or self-collected examples as they can "connect" with these type specimens.

The photo is of my 2019 Cincinnati Ohio case. "Colors Around The World".
Simple large cabinet size colorful examples with the 4 examples from Indiana all self-collected (top row right, middle row both ends, and front row middle).



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