Mr Mike Rumsey

Mike Rumsey
  • Collections Manager
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment History

2003-present     Curator of Minerals, Natural History Museum

2000-2002          Assistant Mineralogical Researcher & Curator, Oxford University Museum

2001                     Internship, Denbury Resources Inc (Oil). Plano, Dallas, Texas, USA

1999-2000          Volunteer Mineralogical Researcher & Curator, Oxford University Museum

 

Qualifications

Ongoing    University of Glasgow, Chemistry Dept. & Natural History Museum

                    Ph.D “Crystal Chemistry of Hydrated Copper Aluminium Arsenates” 

 

2002           Master of Earth Sciences - MEarth Sci, (MA), University of Oxford (1st Class)

2001           BSc (Earth Sciences), University of Oxford (1st Class) 

 

Areas of Responsibility

  • To maintain, document and manage the Natural History Museum mineral collection.
  • Researching, identifying and characterising new minerals with specific regard to those new to the UK and those entirely new to science.
  • Dealing with public, media and scientific enquiries 
  • Managing and documenting the loan and donation of mineralogical material to other institutions.
  • Collection Building, through processing, documenting and ensuring that new acquisitions are made to the collection through donation, purchase or field expeditions.
  • To carry out essential conservation upon fragile or unstable specimens and ensure the collection has adequate storage and security.
  • Overseeing the roles of volunteers within the department
  • To compile and manage up to date nomenclature lists and specific specimen inventories on the integrated museum collections management system and database.

Professional

External Collaborations

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark - Systematic mineralogy of the Illimaussaq intrusion, Greenland
  • University of Loughborough, UK & Institute of Geological Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia - New lead oxysalt minerals from the UK
  • V&A Museum, London, UK & Pennsylvania State University, USA - Minerals as pigments
  • University of Manchester & Manchester Museum, UK - The Legacy of the Arthur Kingsbury Collection and the systematic mineralogy of the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA & University of British Columbia - New mineral species.
  • University of Wellington, New Zealand - New Mineral species
  • University of Brighton, UK - New British and Irish Mineral Species
  • National Museum of Wales - UK and Wales topographic mineralogy

External committees

  • UK representative on the CM (Commission of Museums) section of The IMA (International Mineralogical Association) (2009 - Present)
  • UK representative (interim) on the CAM (Commission of Applied Mineralogy) section of The IMA (International Mineralogical Association) (2011 - Present)
  • Council member of the AMG (Applied Mineralogy Group) section of The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland (2008 - Present)
  • Council member of the online mineralogical community - www.mindat.org (2005 - Present)
  • Ordinary member of the SMMP (Society of Mineral Museum Professionals) (2005 - Present)
  • Ordinary member of the The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland (1999 - Present)
  • Ordinary member of The Russell Society of Amateur and Professional Mineralogists (1998 - Present)
  • Ordinary member of The SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) (2000 - 2002)

Guest Lectures

  • A regular speaker throughout various local geological societies within the UK
  • Invited talks given at the SPASE conference in Sweden and the Russell Society ASM

Editorial Boards

  • Moderator and management role within the online mineralogical community www.mindat.org
  • Member of the editorial board for internal and external NHM based publications

Curation-Research

Research

My area of research is the classification of minerals that have never been found before on earth (called new species) – I am particularly interested in the classification of these new species and very rare ones from within the UK to help build and document our knowledge of the UK's 'geodiversity'. I am particularly interested in 'secondary' mineral species with an unusual chemical signature and I go searching for these on specifically organised field trips.

I also have an interest in the development of utilising modern equipment in novel ways to testing their limits with regards to speeding up the identification process.

With various collaborators I am interested in the scale-distribution of mineralogical 'geodiversity', how this is related to technological advancement and the possibility of discovering theoretical minerals yet to be found on earth as natural phases.

Curation and Collections management

In my role as Curator of Minerals my main responsibility is to manage and care for the 180'000 mineral and gemstone specimens within the collections. This involves a variety of duties, including conserving fragile material, documenting and recording new parts of the collection, acquiring new material, planning fieldwork, researching a new mineral or group of minerals, investigating the history of a sample, talking to the media or public about my work, working with other institutions on collaborative projects, organising and undertaking loans, enquiries and donations of material, databasing the collection, advising on exhibitions or unusual mineralogical items and often physically moving mineral specimens around the museum. All these duties help keep me on my toes!

Special Projects

I am currently involved in two large projects; a museum based project to fully document the provenance and validity of all the type specimens held within the mineral collections at the NHM and the UK, and another project with UK-based collaborators to systematically review the mineralogy of a number of very rare and unusual sites of mineralogical interest in Somerset – It is hoped that both projects will culminate in published books.

Curatorial Staff

Epifanio Vaccarro - Short term post and Volunteer

John Crocker – Volunteer & Scientific Associate

Austin Woodbridge – Volunteer & Scientific Associate

Hazel Gibson – Volunteer

Outreach

Outreach

A major part of my role as Curator of minerals is to tell the fascinating story of rocks and minerals and explain to many different people from all backgrounds how important they are for our daily lives. It is easy to forget that most of the objects we have in our lifestyles have all been made possible through the study and understanding of rocks, geology, metals, chemistry and ultimately minerals. I have given many talks to amateur geological and mineralogical societies around the UK, International invited talks at conferences and informal talks with colleagues to school and University classes. I have been involved in a number of live TV, Radio and Internet broadcasts both to national and interanational news agencies, particularly regarding the discovery of new mineral phases – notably the 'Kryptonite' discovery during 2007. 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2007/april/news_11392.html

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1686204_1686252_1690961,00.html

I regularly attend and demonstrate and "roadshow events" particularly the family oriented Lyme Regis Fossil Festival event and give a number of different talks, tours and outreach events within the museum

Fieldwork

Fieldtrips

Since starting at the museum, I have been interested in supporting geological fieldwork and actively maintaining the collections through organised field collecting trips. I have undertaken and planned many trips in my own time as well as those on behalf of the museum. I  hope to regularly organise summer expeditions to learn about the geology of a region and in some cases collect materials for future safe keeping and study at the museum

 

Recent trips.

Sweden 2011

Slovakia 2010

Greenland 2009

Arizona 2009

Dorset 2009

Somerset 2008

Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan 2007

Pubs.

Peer reviewed journal publications

(43 Total):

2014

Fejerite (in Review)

Aru M, Burgio L, RUMSEY M S. Mineral impurities in Azurite Pigments: Artistic or Natural Selection? Journal of Raman Spectroscopy X:(In press)

2013

Robb J, Dillon C, RUMSEY M, Strlic M, Quantitative Assessment of Perceived value of geological collections by ‘experts’ for improved collections management. The Geological Curator, 9(10):529-543

RUMSEY M S, Welch M D, Kampf A R, Spratt J. Digeogattaite, Na2CaCu2Si8O20-H2O: a nanoporous copper sheet silicate from Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese fields, Republic of South Africa. Mineralogical Magazine 77:3155-3162

Grey I E, Mumme W G, Macrae C M, Caradoc-Davies T, Price J R, RUMSEY M S, Mills S J Chiral edge-shared octahedral chains in liskeardite, [(Al,Fe)32(AsO4)18(OH)42(H2O)22-52H2O, an open framework mineral with a pharmacoalumite-related structure. Mineralogical Magazine 77:3125-3135

Welch M D, RUMSEY M S. A new naturally-occurring nanoporous copper sheet silicate with 6(4)8(2) cages related to synthetic “CuSH” phases. Journal of Solid State chemistry 203:260-265.

Siidra O, Krivovichev S V, Turner R W, RUMSEY M S & Spratt J. Crystal chemistry of layered Pb oxychloride minerals with PbO-related structures: Part I. Crystal structure of hereroite, Pb32O20(O,{})(AsO4)2[(Si,As,V,Mo)O4]2Cl10. American Mineralogist 98(1):248-255.

Siidra O, Krivovichev S V, Turner R W, RUMSEY M S & Spratt J. Crystal chemistry of layered Pb oxychloride minerals with PbO-related structures: Part II. Crystal structure of vladkrivovichevite, [Pb32O18][Pb4Mn2O]Cl14(BO3)8-2H2O. American Mineralogist 98(1):256-261

Neall T, Leppington M C, Green D, RUMSEY M S, Ianbruceite from the caldbeck fells, Cumbria. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals. 34:8-13

2012

Kampf A R, Mills S J, RUMSEY M S, Dini M, Birch W D, Spratt J, Pluth J J, Steele I M, Jenkins R A & Pinch W W The heteropolymolybdate family: structural relations, nomenclature scheme and new species. Mineralogical Magazine 76(5):1175-1207

Turner R, Siidra O I, RUMSEY M S, Krivovichev S.V., Stanley C.J. & Spratt J. Hereroite and Vladkrivovichevite – Two Novel Lead Oxychlorides from the Kombat Mine, Namibia. Mineralogical Magazine 76(4):883-890

Bridges T F, Turner R & RUMSEY M S, A geochemical study of the lead oxychloride mineral assemblage of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK using a stability field model.Journal of the Russell Society 15:18-28

RUMSEY M S, Highlights and History of the mineral collection at the Natural History Museum, London.Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrifter. 49:5-22

RUMSEY M S, History and Importance of minerals from the Mendip Hills, UK. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrifter. 49:23-33

Kampf A R , Mills S J, RUMSEY M S, Spratt J & Favreau G. The crystal structure determination and  Redefinition of Matulaite, Fe3+Al7(PO4)4(PO3OH)2(OH)8(H2O)8 . 8H2O. Mineralogical Magazine 76:517-534

Faithfull J W, Timmerman M J, Upton B G J & RUMSEY M S Mid-Eocene renewal of magmatism in North-West Scotland: The Loch Roag Dyke, Outer Hebrides. Journal of the Geological Society 169:115-118

RUMSEY M S, Krivovichev S V, Siidra O I, Kirk C A, Stanley C J & Spratt J. Rickturnerite; Pb7O4[Mg(OH)4](OH)Cl3 a complex new Pb oxychloride mineral. Mineralogical Magazine 76:59-73

Kampf A R, Mills S J, Housley R M, RUMSEY M S & Spratt J. Lead-tellurium oxysalts from Otto Mountain near Baker, California: VII. Chromschieffelinite, Pb10Te6O20(CrO4)(H2O)5, the Chromate analogue of schieffelinite. American Mineralogist 97(1):212-219

2011

Bridges T F, RUMSEY M S & Leppington C M. A report on Hay Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells,Cumbria. Journal of the Russell Society 14:62-68

Bridges T F, Green D I, RUMSEY M S & Leppington C M. A review of the mineralisation at the Roughton Gill Mines, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria: Part 3 - Roughton Gill Mine. Journal of the Russell Society 14:3-23

RUMSEY M S, Ryback G & Tayler R. Arthur Kingsbury and the occurrence of Danburite CaB2Si2O8 in the British Isles. Journal of the Russell Society 14:26-32

Mills S J, RUMSEY M S, Favreau G, Spratt J, Raudsepp M & Dini M. Bariopharmacoalumite, a new mineral species from Cap Garonne, France and Mina Grande, Chile. Mineralogical Magazine 75:135-144

2010

RUMSEY M S, Mills S J & Spratt J. Natropharmacoalumite, NaAl4[(OH)4(AsO4)3].4H2O, a new mineral of the pharmacosiderite supergroup and the renaming of aluminopharmacosiderite to pharmacoalumite. Mineralogical Magazine 74:929-936

RUMSEY M S & Cressey, G C. The first confirmed occurrence of sieleckiite Cu3Al4(PO4)2(OH)12.2H2O from spoil at Wheal Gorland, St.Day, Cornwall. Journal of The Russell Society 13:57-61

Turner R & RUMSEY M S. Mineral Relationships of the Mendip Hills. Journal of the Russell Society 13:3-46

Muller A, RUMSEY M S & Ihrlen P. Pegmatite Minerals of Evje-Iveland, Norway. Stein 37(4):8-14

2009

Green D I, RUMSEY M S, Bridges T F & Thomson N. A Review of the Mineralisation at Ingray Gill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. Journal of The Russell Society 12: 33-45

Krivovichev S V, Turner R, RUMSEY M S, Siidra O I & Kirk C A. The Crystal

Structure and Chemistry of Mereheadite. Mineralogical Magazine 73(1):75-89

Burgio L, Clark R J H, Hark R R, RUMSEY M S & Zannini C. Spectroscopic

Investigations of Bourdichon Miniatures: Masterpieces of Light and Color. Applied Spectroscopy 63(6):611-620

Yusupov R G, Stanley C J, Spratt J, Cressey G, Welch M D, RUMSEY M S, Seltmann R & Igamberdiev E. Mavlyanovite, Mn5Si3: a new mineral species from a lamproite diatreme, Chaktal Ridge, Uzbekistan. Mineralogical Magazine 73(1):43-50

2008

Yusupov R G, Stanley C J, Spratt J, Cressey G, Welch M D, RUMSEY M S, Seltmann R & Igamberdiev E. Mavlyanovite (Mn5Si3) – New Mineral. Geology and Mineral resources 5/2008:3-6

Siidra O I, Krivovichev S V, Turner R W & RUMSEY M S. Chloroxiphite Pb3CuO2(OH)2Cl: Structure refinement and description in terms of oxocentered OPb4, tetrahedra. Mineralogical Magazine 72(3):792-798

RUMSEY M S. The First British occurrence of Kombatite; Pb14(O9(VO4)2Cl4) from the ‘Wesley Mine’ near Westbury on Trym, Bristol. Journal of The Russell Society 11:51-53

Bridges T F, Green D I & RUMSEY M S, Leppington C M. A review of the mineralization at Red Gill mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. Journal of the Russell Society 11:29-47

Green D I, Bridges T F, RUMSEY M S, Leppington C M & Tindle A G.  A Review of the mineralisation of the Roughton Gill mines, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria: Part 2: The Roughton Gill south vein on Balliway Rigg. Journal of the Russell Society 11:3-28

RUMSEY M S & Savage M. Mineralisation at North Devon United Mine, Peter Tavy, Devon. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 29:49-52

2007

Whitfield P S, Le Page Y, Grice J D, Stanley C J, Jones G C, RUMSEY M S, Blake C, Roberts A C, Stirling J A R & Carpenter G J C. LiNaSiB3O7(OH) – novel structure of the new borosilicate mineral jadarite determined from laboratory powder diffraction data. Acta Crystallographica B63: 396–401

Stanley C J, Jones G C, RUMSEY M S, Blake C, Roberts A C, Stirling J A R, Carpenter G J C, Whitfield P S, Grice J D & Lepage Y. Jadarite, LiNaSiB3O7(OH), a new mineral species from the Jadar Basin, Serbia. European Journal of Mineralogy 19: 575-580

RUMSEY M S, Bridges T F & Spratt J. The first British occurrence of petitjeanite at Carrock Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 28: 47-50

RUMSEY M S. The first British occurrences of preisingerite and roosevelite from Carrock Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 28: 51-53

2006

Green D I, RUMSEY M S, Bridges T F, Tindle A G & Ixer R A. A review of the mineralisation at the Driggith and Sandbed mines, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. Journal of the Russell Society 9: 4-38

Green D I, Bridges T F & RUMSEY M S. A review of the mineralogy of Brae Fell Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. Journal of the Russell Society 9: 39-44

2005

Bridges T F, Green D I & RUMSEY M S. A review of the occurrence of antlerite in the British Isles. Journal of the Russell Society 8(2): 81-84

RUMSEY M & Savage M. The first British occurrence of parkerite at North Devon United Mine, Peter Tavy, Devon. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 25: 19-22