Minerals of the English Midlands
The English Midlands is an area of diverse geology, varied landscape and
steeped in industrial history. Criss-crossed by some of the country's
busiest motorways, and at the geographical centre of the nation, it also
boasts the Peak District National Park, the Shropshire Hills, an extensive
and well-maintained canal network and a plethora of cultural attractions.
Mining and quarrying have been of pivotal importance to the economy of the
English Midlands and as a consequence of this, the area has produced a wide
range of interesting mineral specimens. Examples of these are to be found in
local and regional museum collections, and especially at the Natural History
Museum in London. However, such was the importance of Britain in the
development of mineralogy as a science that specimens from the English
Midlands are to be seen in collections all over the world.
Thanks to the efforts of miners, mineral dealers and collectors over the
past few hundred years, interesting and beautiful specimens have been
preserved for us to enjoy today. My new book explores the places, people and
stories associated with the specimens, illustrated by over 900 images and
supported by a bibliography of more than 1000 references.
If you are interested in the mines, quarries and minerals of the Midlands,
this is for you!
Find out more, and browse some sample pages at
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