About MinSouth
Book Reviews
Educational Resources


Who we are
Our community
Activities and networking
Student support
Secondary education
Our Council
History: Learned Society: 1958- Present
History: A Sociable Community


Mining Sundowner
MinSouth Lectures
Commodity Days
Prestige Lecture
Annual Dinner

Gold Sponsors

Who we are: MinSouth is a local learned society of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Our mission is to be the focus for mining & minerals related professionals based in London and the South East of England, to inform the wider public and to support the IOM3 in its objectives. In particular we have a voice through the Mining and Minerals grouping of the IOM3, the International Mining & Minerals Association, IMMa. We are funded by a grant from the IOM3 and through company sponsors who share our learned society aims.

Our community: Our 800 plus members belong to the thriving mining community centred on London of technical consultants, suppliers of equipment and support services, financial advisors and the head office staff of major international mining companies and a number of junior companies. Also we have members representing the "Royal School of Mines" and other academic institutions teaching geology and engineering, which lie within our area. International visitors often attend our meetings. IOM3 members can select us as their local society and non IOM3 members may join MinSouth directly. We welcome new members. Join here

Activities and Networking: Events Our programme provides technical meetings, monthly from October to June, which comprise a lecture always followed by an opportunity to discuss over a drink and nibbles; an annual Prestige Lecture presented by a major industry figure; a joint meeting with the British Tunnelling Society usually in February; masterclasses throughout the year on topical elements of the mining sector, hosted by Simmons & Simmons; and an annual Commodity Day. Attendance at MinSouth technical meetings and masterclasses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), required to remain Chartered.

We also support the monthly Mining Sundowner, an informal gathering for the mining community organised by Liv Carroll and held on the last Thursday of the month as tradition dictates.

We promote activities with the Association of Mining Analysts, including a series of Masterclasses to inform each group on the other's key issues.

Student Support: Students We subsidise the IOM3 membership fees for students on relevant courses. Students sit on our Council and we hold a heat of the IOM3 Young Person's Lecture Competition, each March for graduate and postgraduate students. In recent years entrants have come from the Royal School of Mines and usually at least one other university, such as Delft University (Netherlands), Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University) and Southampton University. The IOM3 provides grants and bursaries in support of post graduate research.

Secondary Education: Education On secondary education, we are a sponsor of the Ecton Mine Educational Trust, a hands on facility for school children and we support the Schools Affiliate Scheme of the IOM3. We have available on request an educational CD, "Metals - where on Earth do they come from?".

Our Council: Council & Constitution MinSouth is managed by a council of elected and co-opted members led by our president and vice president and supported by an honorary secretary and an honorary treasurer. We have a formal constitution, which governs the actions and responsibilities of the council. Our councillors bring a broad range of experience and interests to the affairs of the society. We have a track record of younger members taking major roles.

History: Learned Society: 1958 to Date: MinSouth is the current incarnation in a long history of local branches and sections representing the major professional mining bodies based in the United Kingdom. MinSouth took its present form as a local society of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the IOM3, in October 2004.

The IOM3, itself was formed in 2002 by the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, the IMM. In July 1998, the IMM, which had traditionally represented the non-coal mining professionals, had merged with the Institute of Mining Engineers, the IMinE, which represented coal mining professionals. The IMinE had itself in an earlier merger in 1991, absorbed the Institution of Mining Electrical and Mining Mechanical Engineers, IMEMME.

The history of MinSouth parallels this history of the national bodies. We trace our history back to 22nd January 1958, when the Southern Counties Institute of Mining Engineers was inaugurated. This branch formed an important focus for local members of the IMinE, especially after the IMinE relocated its head quarters from London to Doncaster. The organisational strength of the branch has provided MinSouth with a solid foundation. Many senior figures in the coal industry have been its president. MinSouth carries on some of the key events, which the "branch" initiated, such as the Prestige/Special Invitation Lecture, started in 1982 and the joint meetings with the British Tunnelling Society.

The IMM, on the other hand, remained headquartered in London, and for many years ran regular ordinary general meetings, OGMs, at which professional papers were presented, generally papers that had been published in the IMM Transactions.

These OGMs, which were held in the late afternoon, were often followed by a dinner at which the speakers were guests. The dinners were open to members and their guests. After the meal, the president or in his absence the chairman would invite the diners to speak. Overseas visitors, in particular, were encouraged to report on interesting news on the industry in their country.

These meetings and dinners provided a focus for IMM Members in London and the South East of England and there was little motivation to form a section in the region like those elsewhere in the UK and Overseas.

However, during the 1980's, attendance at the OGMs fell away and they virtually petered out. To fill this gap, in 1994, the South East of England Section of the IMM was formed, SEESIMM.

On 18 March 1996, local representatives of the IMinE, the IMM and the Minerals Engineering Society met and formed the South East Minerals Association. From the beginning of 1997, the three organisations ran joint monthly meetings.

Then in July 1998, following the merger of the IMinE and the IMM, SEESIMM formed a joint council with the existing council of the long established Southern Counties Branch of the IMinE. Later that year the two groups became the Southern Counties Branch of the new IMM.

Then following merger of the IMM and the IoM to form IOM3, the branch changed to a local society, the London and Southern Counties Minerals Institute, and adopted the name MinSouth.

History: A sociable community: Alongside the learned society activity, there has always been a social side to the mining industry community in London. For many years when the offices of major companies were centred around Moorgate in the City of London, there was the Mining Club, which was a favourite watering hole and lunchtime venue for those in the industry. But with the demise of long lunches and the rise of in-house catering and the moving away of mining company offices it eventually closed. But it lives on in the Mining Club Award.

In the early 1970's, the directors of the consultancy firm, Mackay and Schnellmann, decided to start a monthly early evening social. The Mining Club only had a lunchtime licence and so the "Last Wednesday of the Month" was held in the upstairs bar of the Old Red Lion in High Holborn, between the City and the West End. This continued up into the late 1980's, when Mackay and Schnellmann moved from High Holborn to Worship Street, to the east of the City.

After a gap of a few years, the session was reinvented as the Mining Sundowner and subsequently moved to the last Thursday of each month (except December when it moves around) at a venue in the West End. For a number of years Emma Priestley organised the event; she was a stalwart member of the MinSouth committee for many years and is a past president. Due to increasing commitments elsewhere, Emma passed the baton on to Liv Carroll in 2007. Liv has been a MinSouth committee member since 2004 and was President for the 2008 - 2009 session. She is also a long standing committee member of the Applied Earth Science Division of IOM3 and was elected to the Geological Society council in 2015.


Mining Sundowner: A drink (traditionally alcoholic but nowadays not compulsory) taken at sunset, in this case by the mining community; a well-known practice by expatriate geologists and miners. This casual gathering of mining professionals and students is open to everyone in the mining sector, including oil and gas, and is held on the last Thursday of each month from 17:30 onwards. It is organised by Liv Carroll and is supported by MinSouth and IOM3. Note the new venue: The Kings Arms, 2 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QA. Friends of the community just passing through town are welcome to drop by. The Sundowner is free to attend (drinks are sometimes sponsored also) and always proves to be a popular and enjoyable evening. Contact Liv Carroll at lcarroll@wardell-armstrong.com for more information.

See our Calendar for the next Sundowner event.

MinSouth Lectures: MinSouth lectures are designed to provide industry workers with an informal, relevant and diverse topic to complement their professional continued learning. The lectures are given by industry leaders and followed by nibbles and snacks, complements of MinSouth. The lectures are about an hour in length, and people generally stay on for a chance to speak further with the guest lecturer, and to have a pint with friends. The lectures are held monthly from October to June at, with occasional exception, the Counting House pub in Cornhill, London. Attendance at MinSouth Technical Lectures qualifies as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required to maintain Chartered Status with IOM3. The MinSouth Lectures are provided free of charge to everyone, and students are encouraged to attend.

To view and download previous lectures, visit our Archives section.

Masterclasses: MinSouth and the Association of Mining Analysts (AMA) have commissioned a series of masterclasses in mining and related technology, which is generously hosted by Simmons & Simmons, the international law firm. The series takes the form of presentations on topics of interest to the technical and financial sectors of the mining industry and is designed to inform professionals across a wide range of subjects. The intention is to provide a forum where expert presentations will be given to an audience that will be encouraged to question and add to the topic under discussion. The presentations are aimed at those employed in the sector to widen their understanding of issues that affect the mining industry.

To see when the next masterclass will be held, see our Calendar. To view and download previous Masterclass lectures, visit our Archives section.

Commodity Days: For over thirty years, the Annual Commodity Days, staged in London, in late November or early December, have been an important and regular event in the mining industry calendar. Each Commodity Day covers one metal or industrial mineral from exploration through mining and processing to its uses and marketing. The target audience are mining industry professionals from both the technical and financial sectors.

For most of their life these days were organised by the Institution of Mining & Metallurgy, which is now part of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). MinSouth (www.minsouth.org.uk) is the regional mining society, in London and Southeast of England of the IOM3. Since 2006, MinSouth, supported by the Association of Mining Analysts, has taken the lead in organising these Annual Commodity Days.

Recent topics have included Iron, Gold, Nickel, Copper and Uranium. A full list of past events is tabled below. The table also provides details of where the presentations and papers are published. These publications can be found at the library of the IOM3 and fuller details of the references can be found on the IMMAGE database on the IOM3 website.

(previously IMM)
Commodity Days
Number Year Location/date Published
Nickel 30th 2008 London, 27 November 2008. Detailed review in Materials World Vol. 17 No.1 Jan 2009 and PowerPoint presentations on www.minsouth.org.uk
Copper 29th 2007 London, 22 November 2007. Detailed review in Materials World Vol 16 No. 1 Jan 2008 and PowerPoint presentations on www.minsouth.org.uk
Uranium 28th 2006 London, 23 November 2006. Detailed review in Materials World Vol 15 No 1 Jan 2007 and PowerPoint presentations on www.minsouth.org.uk
Gold 27th 2004 London 28 October 2004. Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B Jun 2005 Vol. 114, p. 99-128 4 papers and in Materials World Vol 12 No 12 Dec 2004
Platinum - Cradle to Grave 26th 2004 Materials Congress, London, 30 March to 01 April 2004 Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B Sept 2005 Vol. 114
Magnesium 25th 2002 London, 30 January 2002. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. C, vol.111, May-Aug. 2002, p.C49-C64, 4 papers.
Cobalt 24th 2000 London, 22 November 2000. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. B, vol.110, May-Aug. 2001, p.B66-B90, 5 papers.
Coal 23rd 1998 Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham, 19 November 1998 Int. Min. Miner., vol.3, no.30, Jun. 2000, p.155-161.
Iron Ore 22nd 1997 London, 9 November 1997 Int. Min. Miner., vol.1, no.1, Jan. 1998, p.14-20.
Nickel 21st 1996 London, 21 November 1996. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1034, Jan. 1997, p.18-75, 9 papers.
Coloured Gemstones 20th 1995 London, UK, 29 November 1995. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1029, Mar. 1996, p.11-33.
White Minerals - A European Perspective 19th 1994 London 29 November 1994. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1023, Mar. 1995, p.8-31 7 papers
Titanium 18th 1993 London, 29 November 1993. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1016, Jan. 1994, p.9-42, 7 papers.
Aluminium 17th 1992 London, 2 December 1992. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1011, Mar. 1993, 6 papers, p.3-26
Copper 16th 1991 Royal Aeronautical Society London, 2 December 1991. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1005, March 1992, 8 papers, p.5-37.
Zinc 15th 1990 London, 5 December 1990. Miner. Ind. Int., no.1001, July 1991, p.9-16, 33 refs.
Ferroalloys nickel / chromium / vanadium 14th 1989 Geological Society, London, 30 November 1989. Miner. Ind. Int., no.994, May 1990, p.12-48.
Gold 13th 1988 London on the 1-2 December 1988. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. B, vol.98, Jan.-Apr. 1989, p.B38-B82, 76 refs. & Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. B, vol.98, May-Aug. 1989, p.B91-B117
Metals for the Electronics Industry 12th 1987 Geological Society, London, 3 December 1987. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. C., vol.97, Mar. 1988, p.C31-C52. June 1988, p.C72-C101.
Platinum 11th 1986 London, 4 December 1986. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.96, July 1987, p.A104-A108, 12pp.
Phosphate 10th 1985 London, 12 December 1985. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.95, July 1986, p.A119-A158
Manganese 9th 1984 London, 6 December 1984. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.94, July 1985,p.A155-A180. 8 papers
Barite 8th 1983 London, 29 November 1983. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.93, July 1984, A123-A159, 10 papers
Lead 7th 1982 London Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.92, July 1983, p.A135-A150.
Gemstones 6th 1981 London, 3 December 1981. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.91, July 1982, p.A110-A140, 36 refs.
Gold 5th 1980 London Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.90, July 1981, p.A122-A153.
Chromium 4th 1979 London, 6 December 1979. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol.89, Apr. 1980, p.A99-A105, 14 refs. (Report of . Abstracts of papers and discussion.)
Tungsten 3rd 1978 London, 14 December 1978 Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A , vol.88, July 1979 , p.A116-A134, 35 refs.
Fluorspar 2nd 1977 General meeting of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, London, December 1977. Trans. Instn. Min. Metall. A, vol. 87, Apr. 1978, p. A53-A73.
(if anyone has information on the first commodity day, please let us know !)

Prestige Lecture: The Prestige Lecture is an Annual lecture, held in June, set to mark the end of a successful year of MinSouth organized events. The lecture is given by a leading industry professional, and followed by hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The event is sponsored, and its popularity requires that you confirm your attendance in advance. Details will be given closer to the event date.

To view and download previous lectures, please visit our Archives section.

Annual Dinner: To celebrate the accomplishments of the year, and to witness all of our friends in lounge suits and cocktail dresses, MinSouth organizes an Annual Dinner, to be held in May of each year. The event boasts a delicious 3 course meal, followed by an engaging and light hearted talk by a popular speaker. The Annual Dinner is a ticketed event, and preference is given to MinSouth members. Details will be provided closer to the date.

To see when the next Annual Dinner will be held, please see our Calendar.

Check out our Calendar to see upcoming events.

View Stats