The Quekett Microscopical Club

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Thursday 28th January 2016

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Programme of events – 2016

Unless otherwise stated, all QMC lectures, gossip meetings and workshops in 2016 will take place in the Dorothea Bate Room at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. The Exhibition Road entrance is more convenient than the main entrance on Cromwell Road.

The Presidential Address, the M. C. Cooke Lecture and the L. V. Martin Lecture will be held in the Neil Chalmers Seminar Room in the Orange Zone of the Natural History Museum.

Non-members are usually welcome at lectures and gossip meetings, but please check with the Meetings Secretary.

Events shown in brown and indented are arranged by other societies and other organisations; the Quekett will be represented at some of these events. Any enquiries must be directed to the local organiser.

Events shown in grey are ones that have already taken place.

January 2016

Saturday 16th January – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Gossip meeting/Workshop “QMC loan slides and microscopes”
An opportunity to catch up with the current range of Club microscopes available for use at meetings.

February 2016

Friday 12th to Monday 15th February – Practical Microscopy: Go It Alone Weekend
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
For more information and booking, contact Claire Madder, telephone: 0845 330 7368, e-mail: admin.fm@field-studies-council.org

Saturday 20th February – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Workshop on photography through the microscope
Led by Dr David Linstead and Graham Matthews

March 2016

Friday 4th March – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Angela Marmont Centre
Committee meeting

Saturday 5th March – 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
South Thames Discussion Group
Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church, Malden Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 8BL
27th Annual Meeting. Lectures in the morning followed by gossip meeting in the afternoon. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea available.
Places are limited, so you need to register. For more information, please contact Albert Greenfield.

Saturday 12th March – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reading Convention
St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY
A day of lectures, displays and sales organised by the Reading Microscopical Society
For further details, contact Mike Woof

Tuesday 15th March – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Annual General Meeting

April 2016

Saturday 9th April – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
East Midlands meeting
Lockington and Hemington Village Hall, Hemington Lane, Lockington, Derbyshire, DE74 2RJ (near junction 24 of M1)
Gossip meeting with emphasis on freshwater biology and appropriate insect life, collecting from a member’s pond, but all aspects of microscopy are welcome. “Bring & Buy” and displays are welcome.
To arrange a display table or for more information, contact Terry Hope.

Saturday 9th April – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Langton Matravers spring meeting
Village Hall, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3HA (opposite St George’s Church)
Gossip meeting. For further details, please contact Derek Stevens.

Tuesday 12th April – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Tuesday 12th April – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
M. C. Cooke Lecture “Uncovering J. T. Quekett’s Micro World at the Royal College of Surgeons of England”
By Dr Emmy Bocaege

Saturday 16th April
West Midlands spring meeting
Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5DT
Gossip meeting with demonstrations and sales, followed by lectures. Coffee and tea available, but members must make their own arrangements for lunch.
Further details from Mike Woof

Sunday 17th April – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Antique Scientific Instrument Fair
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 92 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4BH
Admission £5 [early entry (9:00 a.m.) £20]
The Quekett will have a stand at this event

May 2016

Tuesday 10th May – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
Presidential address
Carel Sartory will give his second Presidential Address; in accordance with tradition, the subject will not be revealed in advance

Saturday 14th May – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (AGM at 12 noon)
Postal Microscopical Society – AGM
Turville Memorial Hall, Welford Road, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6JX, 6 miles East of Lutterworth on the A4304. The hall is on the junction of the A4304 and the A5199.
The venue has heating, but not very many power points, so extension leads should be brought if you need power. If equipment has not been PAT tested, it can be done on the day, free of charge.
A public house is opposite and does food. Tea and coffee are available.

Friday 20th to Monday 23rd May
Marine Microscopy Weekend

Dale Fort Field Centre, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3RD
For further details, contact Carel Sartory

Saturday 21st May – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Excursion to Wimbledon Common
Based in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR); for further details and booking, contact the Meetings Secretary

June 2016

Saturday 4th June
Southwest England meeting
Neroche Hall, New Road, Bickenhall, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6TY
Demonstrations, exhibition and visits to David Spears’ SEM lab in the morning, presentations, discussions and gossip in the afternoon
A simple lunch and all day tea and coffee will be available for £5
For more information, contact David Spears or Mike Crutchley

Saturday 4th June – from 9:30 a.m.
Leeds Microscopical Society – Annual Meeting
St Mary’s Church Hall, Commercial Street, Morley, LS27 8HY
Lunch will be available from the kitchen.
It is essential to contact Mike Smith in advance if you need a sales or display table.

Tuesday 14th June – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Gossip meeting “Diatoms”
Introduced by Prof. Maurice Moss

Saturday 18th June – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Angela Marmont Centre
Committee meeting

Saturday 18th June – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Angela Marmont Centre
Young Scientists’ Day
Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Pond dipping in the NHM Wildlife Garden followed by examining the catch in the Angela Marmont Centre, and displays of specimens and microscopes suitable for young people.
No charge, no booking, just turn up with your children or grandchildren and introduce them to the fascinating world seen though magnifiers and microscopes.

Sunday 26th June – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Northamptonshire Natural History Society – Microscopy Section Annual Exhibition
NNHS Headquarters, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Demonstrations, sales and short talks
For further information, or to book a demonstration or sales table, please contact Mike Gibson

July 2016

Friday 1st to Monday 4th July
Yorkshire Moors Microscopy Weekend
The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB, North Yorkshire
Excursions, lectures, private microscope workroom, bring your own microscope
The North Yorks Moors National Park Authority is supporting this event and local staff will lead investigations at two park sites, one fresh water (River Esk) and one marine. For details please contact Peter Wyn-Jones (e-mail: yorkshire@quekett.org)
Map showing Centre, collecting sites and accommodation

Tuesday 12th July – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Gossip meeting “My latest microscopical acquisition”
Introduced by Dr John Tolliday

Saturday 23rd July – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Excursion to the Basingstoke Canal
Based in Brookwood Memorial Hall (adjacent to 150 Connaught Road), Brookwood, Surrey, GU24 0AL
For further details and booking, contact the Meetings Secretary

Monday 25th to Thursday 28th July
Microfossil and Recent Microfauna Course
Medina Valley Centre, Dodnoe Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TE. Details from info@medinavalleycentre.org.uk

August 2016

Tuesday 9th August – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Gossip meeting “Objects for the stereomicroscope”
Introduced by Stephen Parker

Friday 12th to Monday 15th August
Practical Microscopy Weekend
Guided session by Dennis Fullwood on making dry and balsam mounts of insects, plus free-format activities.
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
For more information and booking, contact Claire Madder, telephone: 0845 330 7368, e-mail: admin.fm@field-studies-council.org

Saturday 20th August – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Excursion to Warnham Local Nature Reserve
We are returning to this popular venue at the interesting and varied nature reserve, off Warnham Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. latest). The Visitor Centre will be available to set up equipment and examine the catch.
More information and map
For booking, contact Graham Matthews

Friday 26th to Monday 29th August
Bank Holiday Microscopy Weekend
Cranedale Centre, Kirby Grindalythe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8DB
For further details, contact Mike Woof

September 2016

Saturday 10th September
West Midlands autumn meeting
Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5DT
Gossip meeting with demonstrations and sales, followed by lectures. Coffee and tea available, but members must make their own arrangements for lunch.
Further details from Mike Woof

Tuesday 13th September – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Tuesday 13th September – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
L. V. Martin Lecture “Project Coral – an innovative coral sexual reproductive research project”
By Jamie Craggs, Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th September
Joint weekend meeting with the Nederlands Genootschap voor Microscopie
An opportunity to visit Berkel in the Netherlands where Leeuwenhoek collected his specimens, the historic city and museums of Delft and enjoy the company of our Dutch colleagues.
For further details and booking, please contact Carel Sartory

October 2016

Saturday tba – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Langton Matravers autumn meeting
Village Hall, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3HA (opposite St George’s Church)
Gossip meeting. For further details, please contact Derek Stevens.

Saturday 1st October – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annual Exhibition of Microscopy

Saturday 15th October – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Microscopium – The Microscopists’ Fair
St Stephen’s Church Hall, 14 Watling Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2PX.
The Quekett sales event, with individual member’s sales tables and dealers’ stands.
For further information, contact James Rider

Sunday 23rd October – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Antique Scientific Instrument Fair
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 92 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4BH
Admission £5 [early entry (9:00 a.m.) £20]
The Quekett will have a stand at this event

Saturday 29th October (tbc) – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
East of England meeting
Village Hall, Felsham Road, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AS
Gossip event with exhibits by visitors in the morning, and lectures in the afternoon. Lunch will be available at a modest cost. To book, or for further details, contact Lewis Woolnough

November 2016

Saturday 19th November – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Dorothea Bate Room
Committee meeting

Saturday 19th November – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Workshop on optical experiments

December 2016

Saturday 10th December – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Dorothea Bate Room
Christmas quiz followed by
Christmas lecture by Brian Davidson

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