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Date Details
1839 Joined Survey 9th September.
Became Registrar of Royal School of Mines.
Handbook on ceramics with De la Beche.
1851 Curator of the Museum of practical Geology including the Survey Library.
1879 Died 5th May.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Trenham Reeks. (1879). Geological Magazine, 6(6), 288-288. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0016756800157425

Trenham Reeks . Nature 20, 38–39 (1879). https://doi.org/10.1038/020038a0

Publications[edit]

Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

De La Beche, H.T.. Reeks, T.. Geological Museum. 1855. Catalogue of specimens illustrative of the composition and manufacture of British pottery and porcelain, from the occupation of Britain by the Romans to the present time. - London: Museum of Practical Geology

De La Beche, H.T.. Reeks, T.. Rudler, F.W.. Geological Museum. 1876. Catalogue of specimens illustrative of the composition and manufacture of British pottery and porcelain, from the occupation of Britain by the Romans to the present time: 3rd edition by T.Reeks & F.W.Rudler. - London: Museum of Practical Geology

Reeks, T.. Rudler, F.W.. 1871. Catalogue of specimens in the Museum of Practical Geology, illustrative of the composition and manufacture of British pottery and porcelain, from the occupation of Britain by the Romans to the present time (2nd edition). - London: HMSO

Reeks, T.. Rudler, F.W.. 1876. Catalogue of specimens in the Museum of Practical Geology, illustrative of the composition and manufacture of British pottery and porcelain, from the occupation of Britain by the Romans to the present time (3rd edition). - London: HMSO

Smyth, W.W.. Reeks, T.. Rudler, F.W.. Geological Museum. 1864. A catalogue of the mineral collections in the Museum of Practical Geology, with introductory and explanatory remarks. - London: HMSO

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/BA/A/2 Letters relating to the Department of Practical Science and Art, Council on Education and Board of Education 56 Letters including letters to Archibal Geikie, Trenham Reeks and F W Rudler
GSM/DC/A/C/2/11 T Reeks: Letters from De la Beche about Reeks' salary
GSM/DC/A/C/5/278 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Minerals from Australia.
GSM/DC/A/C/5/406 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Truro Mining School.
GSM/DC/A/C/6/564 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Schist from Bonacca.
GSM/DC/A/C/6/572 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Specimens from Hawaii.
GSM/DC/A/C/7/14 T Reeks: Letters. Museum collections. Inventories.
GSM/DC/A/C/7/224 T Reeks: Letters. Museum collections. Objects from 1862 exhibition.
GSM/DC/A/C/7/382-384 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Deep mines.
GSM/DC/A/C/7/497 J W Salter: Letter to T. Reeks
GSM/DC/A/C/8/99-100,111-112 T Reeks: Letters. Museum collections. Higgins pottery collection.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/223-224 T Reeks: Letters. General Administrative. Statistics.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/259 R W Atkinson: Mentioned in letter of Reeks.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/290 T Reeks: Letters. General Administrative. Reduction in estimates.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/310 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Iron ore from Sierra Leone.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/319 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Sales at Museum.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/321-325 T Reeks: Letters. General Administrative. Statistics.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/335 P M Duncan: Mentioned in letter of T. Reeks.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/360-361 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. School of Mines in Portugal.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/365-366 T Reeks: Letters. General Administrative. Use of lecture theatre.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/377 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Slag cinders.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/378 A Stevens: Mentioned in letter from T. Reeks to A C Ramsay.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/380,424,442-424 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Library catalogue.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/392-393 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Festivities in Przibram.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/411-413,420 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Pottery catalogue.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/436-438 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Guide to Museum.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/448,452 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Fossil catalogue.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/458 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Sale of catalogues.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/460-461,474 T Reeks: Letters. General Administrative. Employment of a writer.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/490 T Reeks: Letters. Museum collections. Geological apparatus.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/504 T Reeks: Letters. Museum. Police gratuities.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/510-511,514-515 T Reeks: Letters. Museum. Museum security.
GSM/DC/A/C/8/519 T Reeks: Letters. Museum. Evening opening.
GSM/DC/A/C/11/237 T Reeks: Letters from De la Beche about Reeks' salary.
GSM/DC/A/C/17/100 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Iron ore from Sierra Leone
GSM/DC/A/C/17/193 T Reeks: Letters. Museum publications. Library catalogue
GSM/DC/A/C/17/218 T Reeks: Letters. Enquiries. Festivities in Przibram
GSM/DC/A/C/18/23 T Reeks: Letters. Museum collections. Geological apparatus
GSM/DC/A/C/19/1 Trenham Reeks: Note on Reeks' death
GSM/DC/A/C/40 Correspondence from various Government Departments inc. Board of Trade, Education Dept, Privy Council Office, Office of Works, Ordnance Survey, Treasury and others, to De la Beche, Murchison, T.Reeks and others.
GSM/DR/Bc/A/2 Correspondence with other geologists inc T.Reeks, R.Phillips, T.Sopwith, C.Roach and W.E.Logan re models and a medal
GSM/DR/Ge/A/5 Correspondence on various matters: letters to J.Craik, J.Evans, F.H.Hatch, J.Horne, D.R.Irvine, B.N.Peach (225 items); C.W.Peach, A C Ramsay, T.Reeks, F.W.Rudler, A.Strahan, W.Topley, and W.W.Watts; also some letters to Geikie.
GSM/DR/Mu/A/2 Loose correspondence with range of officers and geologists including R.Hunt, R.Lowe, C.W.Peach, Salter, T.Reeks (54 in guardbook) and others
GSM/DR/Ra/A/2 Correspondence of A.Ramsey in various matters. Includes letters to Aveline (396), W.H.Baily, H.T.De la Beche, H.B.Donnelly, J.B.Jukes, Murchison, B.N. Peach, T.Reeks, F.W.Rudler and J.W.Salter.
GSM/GL/Gr/57 Letters to Jukes-Browne and T Reeks
GSM/GL/Hx/1 Correspondence with T.Reeks, F.W.Rudler 16 Letters to T Reeks, 1856-1871 and 1 letter to F W Rudler, 1879. Also includes 4 letters to Rudler, 1895 and 1 to Reeks, nd from Henrietta Huxley.
GSM/GL/Jk/2 Correspondence with other geologists inc. De la Beche, Murchison, Ramsay and Reeks.
GSM/GL/Sl/1 Correspondence inc. letters to H.De la Beche with details of geology of Devon, R.I.Murchison, E.T...
GSM/GX/Da/1 Letter from Charles Darwin to Trenham Reeks
GSM/GX/Da/2 Letter from Charles Darwin to Trenham Reeks
GSM/GX/Oe/1 Letters to H T Del laBeche, W J Hooker, T Reeks, T Wiltshire and unknown
GSM/MG/C/12 Correspondence re presentations and purchases of minerals, rocks and fossils for the Museum... Letters mostly to De la Beche, F.W.Rudler, T.Reeks and R Murchison from a large number of correspondents mostly about minerals and samples collected from around the world.
GSM/MG/C/12/15 W.F. Bellasis: Letter to T. Reeks about carved carnelian from India.
GSM/MG/C/12/16 C.F. Bennett: Letters to T. Reeks and H.T. De la Beche about minerals from Newfoundland.
GSM/MG/C/12/20 W.H.M. Blews: Letter to T. Reeks about nickel ore from New Caledonia.
GSM/MG/C/12/21 W. Rev. Blunt: Letters to T Reeks about flint.
GSM/MG/C/12/22 W. Bollaert: Mentioned in letter from G.R. Waterhouse to T. Reeks.
GSM/MG/C/12/29 J. Brown: Letter to T. Reeks about pillars from Giant's Causeway.
GSM/MG/C/12/35 J. Calvert: Letter to T. Reeks about turquoise from India.
GSM/MG/C/12/38 Carlhian and Beaumetz: Letter to T. Reeks about a tea urn.
GSM/MG/C/12/41 Chance Brothers and Co.: Letter to T. Reeks about Rowley Rag.
GSM/MG/C/12/45 E. Combes: Letter to T. Reeks from Paris about mining tools.
GSM/MG/C/12/46 Combes and Meredith: Letter to T. Reeks about stone from Tisbury.
GSM/MG/C/12/50 Major Danburghy: Letter to T. Reeks about stream tin from Australia.
GSM/MG/C/12/58 C. Domville: Letter to T. Reeks about Irish granite.
GSM/MG/C/12/59 Dunn and Co.: Letter to T. Reeks about pumice from Vulcano.
GSM/MG/C/12/60 Dylefe Mining Co.: Letter to T. Reeks about concretion from Llanbrynmair.
GSM/MG/C/12/61 W. (Rev.) Dyson: Letter to T. Reeks about stone from Sherborne.
GSM/MG/C/12/72 Geier, E. & Co.: Letters to T.R. Reeks from Hamburg about models.
GSM/MG/C/12/87 Grindell, T & Co.: Letter to T. Reeks offering building stones.
GSM/MG/C/12/93 D. Hanbury: Letter to T. Reeks about Chinese copper.
GSM/MG/C/12/95 R. Harkness: Letter to T. Reeks about Permian building stone.
GSM/MG/C/12/96 Miss Harrington: Letter to T. Reeks about building stone.
GSM/MG/C/12/97 W.T. Harris: Letters to T. Reeks about stalactitic pyrite from Minsterley.
GSM/MG/C/12/98 E.B. Hart: Letter to T. Reeks about Indian sword blade.
GSM/MG/C/12/103 Hawks: Letter to T. Reeks about Rowley Rag.
GSM/MG/C/12/105 W.B. Hitchman: Letter to T. Reeks about stones from Blockley Quarry.
GSM/MG/C/12/106 Hogbo and Co.: Letter to T. Reeks about Swedish steel.
GSM/MG/C/12/110 A.J. Humbert: Letter to T. Reeks about granite from Guernsey.
GSM/MG/C/12/111 Huntly, Marchioness of: Letter to T. Reeks about iron ore from Peterborough.
GSM/MG/C/12/112 S. Hyde: Letter to T. Reeks about copper from County Cork.
GSM/MG/C/12/120 J. Kirkaldy: Letter to T. Reeks about Magnesium Limestone.
GSM/MG/C/12/124 P. Lediard: Letter to T. Reeks about Japanese enamel.
GSM/MG/C/12/127 T.P. Lilly: Letter to T. Reeks about Tisbury stone.
GSM/MG/C/12/131 Mr. MacDonald: Letters to T. Reeks about work in granite.
GSM/MG/C/12/135 J.D. MacKenzie: Letter to T. Reeks about building stone from Ross-shire.
GSM/MG/C/12/143 W. Milnes: Letters to T. Reeks about carriage of Ashford Marble.
GSM/MG/C/12/144 R. Mouat: Letter to T. Reeks about antiquities from Portugal.
GSM/MG/C/12/149 T.P. Nelson: Letter to T. Reeks about Shap Granite.
GSM/MG/C/12/152 R.M. Ordish: Letter to T. Reeks about Etruscan pig iron.
GSM/MG/C/12/154 C. Paine: Letter to T. Reeks about a vase with stand.
GSM/MG/C/12/158 A. Parkes: Mentioned in letter from W.H.M. Blews to T. Reeks.
GSM/MG/C/12/159 J. Parkinson: Letter to T. Reeks about pig of lead.
GSM/MG/C/12/162 T.J. Pearsall: Letters to T. Reeks about ornamental swords.
GSM/MG/C/12/168 W. Randleson: Letter to T. Reeks about titanium from Cleator.
GSM/MG/C/12/172 T. Reeks: Letters from geologists about specimens for the Museum.
GSM/MG/C/12/174 R. Rothwell: Letter to T. Reeks about copper from Anglesey.
GSM/MG/C/12/176 J. Sadd: Letter to T. Reeks about crystallized iron slag.
GSM/MG/C/12/180 C. Schuman: Letters to T. Reeks about mining models.
GSM/MG/C/12/183 W. Sim: Letter to T. Reeks about granite cubes.
GSM/MG/C/12/184 F. Simpson: Letter to T. Reeks about building stone.
GSM/MG/C/12/199 J.W. Tayler: Letter to T. Reeks about specimens from Greenland.
GSM/MG/C/12/207 J. Townsend: Letter to T. Reeks about hematite from Ascension.
GSM/MG/C/12/213 P. Tunney: Letter to T. Reeks about Austrian minerals.
GSM/MG/C/12/216 Col. Wade: Letter to T. Reeks about Hanywell Stone.
GSM/MG/C/12/217 T.C. Wallbridge: Letter to T. Reeks about gold from Canada.
GSM/MG/C/12/220 G.R. Waterhouse: Letter to T. Reeks about Mr. Bollaert's specimens.
GSM/MG/C/12/227 A.J. Wilkin: Letter to T. Reeks about fossils and minerals from Japan.
GSM/MG/C/12/233 J. Wordly: Letter to T. Reeks about Ipplepen marble.
GSM/MG/E/9 Letter from Trenham Reeks requesting that a lobby be built at entrance of Museum Letter from Trenham Reeks requesting that a lobby be built at entrance of Museum
GSM/MG/L/9 Correspondence of Ramsay and T.Reeks suggesting preparation of Library catalaogue
GSM/MG/P Personnel The following papers relate mainly to the key figures in the Museum from its beginnings. The first curator Richard Phillips died shortly before the move of the Museum from Craig Court to Jermyn St. Many of his letters and papers are with the correspondence of the Directorate (GSM/DC/A/C). The next three curators, Trenham Reeks, Frederick William Rudler and John Allen Howe all played significant roles in the development of the Museum and their papers are included below.
GSM/MG/P/8 Correspondence with Trenham Reeks, Curator of Museum Letters to B.N.Peach, A.C.Ramsay and others.
GSM/MG/P/9 Mss statement on T.Reeks' official position by A.C.Ramsay

Other archives[edit]

Reeks, Trenham (1823-1879) Geologist

Trenham Reeks[edit]

Trenham Reeks - the first Survey librarian.

Reeks was born in 1823. He was appointed Assistant Curator of the Museum of Economic Geology in 1839 and Curator and Librarian in 1851. He was also Registrar of the Royal School of Mines, 1851–1879; he died on 5 May 1879.

His obituary in Nature described:

'the little, rather dingy room in which for well nigh thirty years, he has sat amidst blue-books, calendars, mineralogical specimens, and a rather orderly chaos of miscellaneous objects.'

The collection at BGS contains two letters to Reeks from Charles Darwin