Madrid 2006

Escuela de Minas 2006

Escuela de Minas (Madrid)

Escuela de Minas 2006


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The Madrid School of Mines Show is a small show that is held in a great location. The School of Mines itself is in a historical building with a central patio and columns within it. There is a mineral museum on the first floor that has some great specimens on show, such as the Freieslebenites from Hiendelaencina.
At this show one cannot expect to see many dealers, but those that do attend take the new material they have brought from Tucson . The location is worth seeing and the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed, especially with the students spending time admiring the great minerals. They sometimes cannot believe that the things that are so hard to study in their text books are so beautiful in nature.

 

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In the left hand photo you can see the School of Mines building. It is full of history and the stories of generations of students. There are some features, as you can see in the right hand photo, that tell us about the history and mining pride of those that have passed through it halls.

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Shots of the whole of the show. As you can see it is small but charming, with the roof light above the show area and the arches that surround the central patio where it is held .
One unusual feature of the show is that from 2:30 PM to 5 PM it shuts, which sometimes catches people out and means they have to wait until it reopens...

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On the left you can see Martin Oliete. While he sold us his collection a few years ago he is still interested in minerals and has not stopped visiting the show every year and giving us the pleasure of catching up with him.
The School of Mines Museum is active and keeps buying specimens in order to improve its collection. This year they bought a Russian Pyrrhotite, shown in the photo and which is already on display.

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The School of Mines is also doing well, as it recently received a donation of a very important collection - that of the well known Madrid collector and lawyer Juan Antonio Alajarín. In a great gesture Sr. Alajarín decided to give his collection to the School of Mines with two aims: that his beloved museum would gain a significant number of new specimens, and that he would have the satisfaction of knowing that his collection would be kept together. So in the future the students studying at the School of Mines and visitors can admire the minerals he collected. This is an excellent example of the importance of private collections, in the pleasure they give their owners and their future value for all of us.

The upper photo shows Sr. Alajarín with Benjamin Calvo, director of the School of Mines . The next two photos show the display cases that have been set up just for this collection, which show the effort the Museum has put into saying "thank you" for this donation. In the last photo you can see a beautiful hematoid Quartz, an example of the minerals from the collection.
Congratulations on this initiative! Let's just hope that in the future more people follow his example and that the Museums of Spain, little by little, increase their specimens.

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While the Alajarín collection will contribute significantly to improve the Museum's collection, its classic specimens are already of great interest. As a sample, the two photos show an excellent Graphite from Mozambique, and, of course, a classic Pyromorphite from El Horcajo.

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Just next to the School of Mines , in the street Rios Rosas, 23 there is another mineral museum in an unusual building. It is the IGME (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España) with an outstanding atrium whose glass roof allows the sunlight to illuminate the large collection of minerals and fossils that are on display in old cases placed on the various balconies of the beautiful museum.


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During this show a new Magazine was available for the first time: "Mineral up". It is published by the G.M.C. and is offered in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English. The quality of the photos is exceptional, both in their printing and in the actual photos, which is not that surprising as one of the principal contributors is the well know photographer-artist Jeff Scovil.

So congratulations to the people who have made this happen, and we hope that they keep up the good work needed. We have included a link for those people that would like to subscribe to the magazine - click on the image of the cover. You will then find all the necessary forms and instructions.

A publication like this needs, especially in its early days, a large number of subscribers. Let's see it we can, between us, help this beautiful initiative move forward.

 

So this year's show is over. Next year's show will be held during the second weekend of March 2007. We hope to once again have the chance to catch up with visitors, collectors and the students, who above all help make this a special place.

Hasta la próxima...
 
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