This sand is from the collection of the late Ivor Treby. He collected it at Caldera (Las Canadas), Mount Teide Tenerife,

This light brown, black and off-white scoriaceous (very finely vesicular) gravel is mainly basaltic lava fragments up to 6mm in size.

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

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collector Excavator
Treby, Mr Ivor Charles Francis
Common Name
Simple Name
Period Classification
Modern (1900-)

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