West of England metals and materials association

Celestine - source

Celestine Mining in South Gloucestershire - Joint event with the Institute of Quarrying

David HARDWICK, South Gloucestershire mines research group

Celestine mining by the Bristol Mineral and Land Company Limited in the late 1800s - source

Celestine (strontium sulfate) is a crystalline evaporite mineral that although having few uses in itself has historically been the main source of strontium for producing other more useful minerals. For over 100 years nearly all of the global extraction of this mineral came from a small area north of Bristol. This talk looks at the early history of the mineral from its discovery and identification, through its early uses, to the commercial working of the mineral in this country until it finally ceased in the 1990s.

Celestine working in Yate area - Bristol Mineral & Land Co ca. 1950 - source


Wednesday May 9, 2018

Arrive for refreshments at 19:00 and the lecture at 19:30

Venue:Room 2Q50/51, Faculty of Environment & Technology, University of West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY

Parking: Use the North entrance to access car parks. The visitor parking is the nearest to Q block and is free after 17:00 - Use BS34 8QZ for satnav.

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