This sand is from the collection of the late Ivor Treby. It was collected at the corner of Jiangtai Lu and Shoudutichang Lu, near the hotel lido in Beijing.

The silt is mainly quartz with clay and possibly some wind-blown content. The quatrz is sparse, translucent, colourless and angular grains around 1mm. Rock fragments are dark grey, angular to rounded, up to 6mm and possibly igneous in origin. It is quite strongly calcareous

Ivor was a biochemistry teacher and poet with over 400 published poems. He considered himself to be a gay literary activist.

Ivor took early retirement in the 1980s and dedicated his time to researching two Victorian/Edwardian women poets who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Field. He also spent much of the next 20 years travelling abroad. Wherever he went he collected samples of sand and sediment.

He was meticulously organised. His personal archive of poems, postcards, letters and research is held by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. For more information on Ivor and the archive please see their website
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Geology Rock Type
Common Name
Simple Name
Full Name
Geology Period
Holocene 10,000 - today
Period Classification
Modern (1900-)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Treby, Mr Ivor Charles Francis
Collection Town
Collection Country
China, People's Republic of
Collection Area Region
East Asia
Collection Continent

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