Paris Ecole des Mines Show


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Exceptionally, for the first time, and probably the last time, between the 5 and 8 September there was a mini-show in Paris. This was timed to coincide with the International Conference of Museums and Mineralogy that was held in the René Just Haüy Hall of the museum. We had the luck of being able to have a stand at the show, and it really was a very pleasant experience from both the sales and making museum contacts point of view. Some of the museums took the chance to buy material to add to their great collections (thank you to the Los Angeles and Lisbon museums for their purchases)

We have to express our deepest thanks to both the organizers at the School of mines, led by Madame Lydie Touret, as well as the rest of the attendees, dealers, and museum curators. They all helped when they could to make our stay enjoyable. On this page we have included some photos that we took when we were in Paris, so that you can get a feel for the great atmosphere during the few days we all had there.

 

Two shots of the buildings of the Ecole des Mines seen from the student dormitories in front of them The first during the day and the second during the evening, with our car 'resting' within the grounds of the school of mines.

The Salle René Just Haüy where we had the exhibition was, like the whole site, full of history. In our case millions of years of it, as we had the stand opposite a large display of fossils.

The Ecole des Mines is a historical building in the center of Paris with lots of neat little corners. In these photos we want to give you an idea what it looks like.

Apart from the building, the mineral collection is also extraordinary. We can show it via this shot - a really great Pyromorphite from the Spanish El Horcajo mine, which was found over 200 years ago.

There are also some nice gardens, where the students can meet when not in classes. They are close to the famous gardens of Luxembourg and are very majestic.

There are also two other mineral museums in Paris apart from the Ecole des Mines. The Natural History Museum and the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Sorbonne). The latter one has a major problem that means that, unless a solution is found, it will not be able to remain open where it is and will have to be shut for most of the year. If you want to know more about this sad future and how you can help please follow this link.

Apart from the show Parés (my helper) also had a brief chance to visit Paris, which is without doubt a beautiful city, and he took these photos of the Eiffel tower and the famous rose windows of the Notre Dame cathedral.




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