Marsh Mineralogy Award

The Marsh Award for Mineralogy aims to recognise living individuals (or groups of individuals) - based in the UK - who have made a significant contribution to the field of mineralogy. The purpose of the Marsh Award for Mineralogy is to recognise those who have contributed significant work to the field, yet whose efforts have not necessarily been widely recognised to date. Those nominated for the award can be of either amateur or professional status.

The Award was presented for the first time in 2017 and recognised a winner's work from 2016. (Pictured: Roy Starkey, winner of the inaugural Award)

The 2016 winner is Roy Starkey

Roy is an amateur mineralogist and has dedicated his life to his passion for British topographic mineralogy and in support of others who seek the same aims. Roy was instrumental in the formation of the British Micromount Society (BMS) in 1981 and membership levels remain high, with Roy continuing to take an active role as their President, regularly hosting the meetings of the West Midlands Branch at his home.

Over the years, Roy has donated specimens of British minerals which he has collected to nearly every major museum in Britain, including the Natural History Museum, the Royal Scottish Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. He is also a great believer in encouraging others to have an interest in the science of mineralogy and has never once sought to sell specimens for profit, rather he would prefer to provide them for free for others enjoyment.

Roy is well-known for his broad range of talks to a number of mineralogy societies and he freely provides information to academics and collectors alike about the many localities he has visited – giving useful tips on where best to find specimens, after having spent many days and lots of resources to find them himself.

Roy’s first book, Crystal Mountains Minerals of the Cairngorms, was published in 2014 and is a culmination of over 25 years of fieldwork and research in a historically important mineral-producing region. He is currently engaged in research for his second book, The Minerals of the English Midlands, which is due for publication in 2018. As part of this, he has photographed specimens from all the major museums in Britain, and the high quality photographs have been provided freely to the institutions, as an accurate and useful record of specimens.


The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road



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