Past mineralinos Events 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018, 3.30 pm

The Elements – Building Blocks for Minerals

In the new year, the mineralinos from terra mineralia’s kids club will again be meeting once a month to talk about mineral collecting. The first meeting takes place on Monday, 15 January at 3.30pm. This time, the boys and girls will be looking at the question of what holds minerals together deep inside.

All minerals are made up of chemical elements. Since there are around 80 different chemical elements and numerous possible bonds that feature in a mineral’s formation, there are more than 5,000 different minerals that we now know. You can picture it as a giant jigsaw puzzle. The mineralinos will encounter the most important elements and will also learn what an atom is. We’ll use different models to give them an insight into the fascinating structure of minerals. And of course, we’ll also take a look at and have fun exploring the walk-in model of crystal fluorite in the Asian Hall.

The mineralinos meet at the terra mineralia ticket office in Freudenstein Castle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or by emailing fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free of charge.

Monday, 5 February 2018, 3.30 pm

850 Years of Freiberg Silver

There’s plenty to celebrate in Freiberg in 2018! It’s 850 years since the first silver was discovered here, 700 years since the Muldenhütten smelting site was founded, and the tenth birthday of terra mineralia. It’s for this reason that the mineralinos from terra mineralia’s kids club will be talking about Freiberg silver at their meeting on Monday 5 February at 3.30pm.

According to legend, silver was first found in the Freiberg mining field in 1168 at the Schüppchenberg. A flurry of mining activity followed which, in spite of numerous interruptions, continued until as recently as 50 years ago. But silver wasn’t the only substance mined – lead, zinc, tin and copper were too. The boys and girls from the mineralinos will have fun learning what was produced from the raw materials and why they were so important. The children will learn how the deposits were formed, how they were tapped and what the many and varied consequences were of mining for the region. With all of this knowledge, there’ll be nothing more standing between us and our first mineralinos field trip in March of this year to the Freiberg Reiche Zeche.

The mineralinos meet at the terra mineralia ticket office in Freudenstein Castle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or by emailing fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free of charge.