|The British and Irish Meteorite Society (BIMS) is a group of over a
hundred UK and Irish Meteorite researchers and amateur meteorite
collectors. The BIMS was formed in 2004 by meteorite collectors Mark
Ford, Dave Harris and a group of like minded fellow collectors. We
provide a meteorite collecting and study focus for the UK and Ireland,
and are the only meteorite group in the UK and one of only three in the
entire world. Present and past members have made many major scientific
discoveries, including the find of a rare 17.6 kg Pallasite meteorite,
in Hambleton, Yorkshire, in 2005. Bims is privately funded, and does not
at present receive any funding from outside sources.
In 2005 The society donated a substantial meteorite collection to the South
Downs Planetarium for public display, which was received by Sir Patrick
Moore. The aim of the society is to bring together all those involved
with meteorites in the UK under one roof, with a view to educating the
general public, furthering the interests of meteorite study, and
preserving any new or old UK meteorite material for science and for
posterity. It is also an ideal place to share our interests and meet
other people with a similar passion for space rocks.
Members are distributed over the whole of Britain, so the main form of
communication between members is via a Yahoo mailing list. In addition
where possible we also give talks, have meetups, put on exhibitions and
help with identification of suspected meteorites found by the public.
In the event of a new UK fall BIMS will play a key role in the recovery
of material, since the majority of the UK's collectors and dealers are
members, thus are ideally placed to assist and work with other
organizations to preserve as much material as possible for science.
If you are interested in joining us then please click here for details.