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National Marine Week

Event dates Saturday 29th July to Sunday 13th August 2017

To mark National Marine Week 2017 (#TheSeaAndMe), Mike Crutchley has provided an album of his photographs on Facebook:

There are some interesting-looking events on beachcombing and rockpools:

Quekett Journal of Microscopy on USB flash drive

Posted 19th July 2017

Stocks of the DVDs containing an archive of the Quekett Journal of Microscopy from 1868 to 2008 have almost run out, so Steve Gill has prepared an extended archive covering 1868 to 2012 complete with a search facility on a USB flash drive. It is available now at the greatly reduced price of £10.00 plus postage. The USB drive also includes a full run of the Newsletter plus several other items from the archives.

Journal on USB flash driveJournal on USB flash drive

To purchase a copy of the archive, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page:

Little Imp logoLittle Imp Archival Series CD-ROMs

Posted 6th July 2017

Do you remember these CD-ROMs with lots of hard-to-find documents on microscopes by Beck, Watson and Zeiss and on slides by Fred Enock and Clarke & Page? Brian Bracegirdle compiled all the data and Steve Gill wrote the HTML and JavaScript for the user interface, and the discs were sold through Savona Books. Shortly before he died, Brian asked if the compilations could be made available free of charge on the Quekett website, and Steve has now updated the interfaces so that they work with modern operating systems and modern web browsers. You can now browse or search 14 of the compilations here:

Joint weekend meeting with British Phycological Society

Event dates 15th to 17th September 2017

A joint meeting of the Quekett Microscopical Club and the British Phycological Society will take place in Windermere and Far Sawrey, Cumbria, on the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September 2017. The meeting will combine field visits, laboratory time and talks. We plan to focus our attention on desmid-rich “Important Plant Areas” (IPAs) in the Lake District, but will be watching out for interesting specimens from all algal groups. Experts in several groups of algae will be on hand to identify your specimens so this will be a great opportunity to learn about freshwater algae and microscopy in an informal setting.

The weekend costs £70 including lunches and one evening meal but excluding accommodation. Some suggestions for accommodation are included in the circular and more are listed in the Freshwater Biological Association’s accommodation list. Places are limited to just 20 people, so early sign-up is recommended. Partners are welcome and can be accommodated at evening activities.

Exhibition: Leeuwenhoek, Vermeer’s friend

Posted 3rd May 2017

Dr Tomás Camacho has let us know about this exhibition at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos (Spain) running until November. The two most important pieces are an original Leeuwenhoek microscope and a copy of Micrographia by Robert Hooke. For more information, see the brochure (in Spanish):

Norman Chapman elected to Honorary Membership

Posted 11th April 2017

Norman Chapman’s election as an Honorary Member was announced at the AGM, and at the M. C. Cooke lecture on Tuesday 11th April 2017 Club President Joan Bingley presented Norman with his certificate.

Norman Chapman receiving his Certificate of Honorary MembershipNorman Chapman receiving his Certificate of Honorary Membership

Wellcome Image Awards 2017

Posted 16th March 2017

Congratulations to Quekett member David Linstead, one of the winners in this competition with this stitched image of cat skin injected with carmine, from a Victorian slide, using polarised light.

Cat skin injected with carmine, from a Victorian slide(Click to see a larger image)

You can see all of the winners here:

New Club President

Posted 14th March 2017

Carel Sartory’s 3-year term as Club President has come to an end, and at the AGM on Tuesday 14th March 2017 he passed the badge of office to the new Club President, Joan Bingley.

Carel Sartory and Joan BingleyCarel Sartory and Joan Bingley

Phil Greaves elected to Honorary Membership

Posted 5th March 2017

At the South Thames Discussion Group meeting in Wallington on Saturday 4th March 2017, Club President Carel Sartory announced that Phil Greaves had been elected an Honorary Member and presented him with a certificate.

Carel Sartory presenting Phil Greaves with Certificate of Honorary MembershipCarel Sartory presenting Phil Greaves with Certificate of Honorary Membership

2017 Programmes of other UK microscopical societies

Posted 10th January 2017

The Quekett is not the only amateur-friendly microscopical society in the United Kingdom, and here are links to the 2017 programmes of the others:

The Reading Microscopical Society does not seem to have a website.

Nikon Small World in Motion 2016 results

Posted 14th December 2016

The winners of the 2016 Nikon Small World in Motion competition have been announced, and 3rd Place went to Quekett member Wim van Egmond.

The fungus Aspergillus niger growing fruiting bodies (10×) [by Wim van Egmond]

Wim also received an Honorable Mention.

Micrasterias rotata cell division (160×) [by Wim van Egmond]

Photos of Quekett slides in the RCS collection

Posted 6th December 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons has more than 12,000 slides by John Thomas Quekett in its collection, and the Club is contributing to a project to catalogue, conserve and photograph them. Over 400 slides have been photographed so far, and a few thousand more will be photographed in 2017.

You can see the photos by searching the SurgiCat database:

Person/institution: Quekett
Object name: microscope slide
Only records with images: click so that a tick appears

This picture shows how the Advanced Search page should look:

SurgiCat Advanced search for Quekett slidesSurgiCat Advanced search for Quekett slides

2017 Programme of events

Posted 15th November 2016

The Club’s 2017 programme is now available on the website, with dates and details of gossip meetings, lectures, workshops, excursions, the annual exhibition, the sales event, outreach events, and open events run by other clubs and societies.

The printed programme will be posted to all members as usual.

Nikon Small World 2016 results

Posted 19th October 2016

The results of the 2016 Nikon Small World competition have been announced. Quekett members among the winners and those who received Honorable Mentions or Images of Distinction include Mike Crutchley and Wim van Egmond.

Trumpet animalcule containing endosymbionts, by Wim van EgmondTrumpet animalcule (Stentor amethystinus Leidy) containing endosymbionts (160×) [by Wim van Egmond]

Pilobolus crystallinus, by Mike CrutchleyPilobolus crystallinus (F. H. Wigg.) Tode on cow dung (30×) [by Mike Crutchley]

QuekettMicro group on Facebook

Posted Monday 17th October 2016

The Quekett page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/quekett) is used mainly for brief reports of Club events. It is not possible to change this page to a group where any member can post.

We now have a group called QuekettMicro on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuekettMicro) where Club members can post anything of interest to other members. You need to be signed up to Facebook, then go to the group page and click “Join group”.

The group is for Quekett members (and prospective members) to share their experiences and ask for help, so it depends on your contributions. Tell us about an interesting specimen, or a nice new piece of equipment, or an interesting location, or ask for help with using equipment, or improving your photographs. With well over 400 members, we have lots of expertise in the Club, so please sign up and help to make the group a success.

QuekettMicro group on FacebookQuekettMicro group on Facebook

Harold Hillman R.I.P.

Posted Friday 23rd September 2016

We are sad to report the death of Harold Hillman, who passed away on 5th August 2016. You can read his obituary in the Daily Telegraph:

Blog on the J. T. Quekett slides in the RCS collection

Posted Thursday 11th August 2016

Hannah Cornish, Collections Assistant at the Royal College of Surgeons, has written a blog on the College’s collection of 12,000 slides made by John Thomas Quekett:

“Understanding the Light Microscope” by Peter Evennett

Posted Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Clear 78½ minutes in your busy life and watch the video “Understanding the Light Microscope” by Quekett member Peter Evennett on YouTube:

Yeast emerges as hidden third partner in lichen symbiosis

Posted Friday 22nd July 2016

Since 1867, scientists have recognized the fundamental partnership that produces lichens: a fungus joins with an alga or cyanobacterium in a relationship that benefits both individuals. In a study (T. Spribille et al.: Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens. Science, 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8287) led by the University of Montana and co-authored by Purdue mycologist M. Catherine Aime, researchers show that lichens in 52 genera across six continents also contain basidiomycete yeasts, single-celled fungi that likely produce chemicals that help lichens ward off predators and repel microbes.

The finding could explain why many genetically-similar lichens present wildly different physical features and why scientists have been unable to synthesize lichens in the laboratory, even when combining species that partner successfully in nature.

Charles Thomas Hudson’s transparencies

Posted Wednesday 27th April 2016

Thank you to David Walker for letting us know about this collection of 58 large transparencies by Charles Thomas Hudson, a Victorian authority on rotifers.

Charles Thomas Watson rotifer transparency

The Quekett Microscopical Club 1865–2015

Posted Friday 1st April 2016

Brian Bracegirdle’s last book, completed shortly before his death, is now available.

The Quekett Microscopical Club 1865–2015

The normal price is £20 plus postage (£2.85 in the UK), with a discount available for members (please provide your membership number).

Bryan Tabor’s photo album

Posted Wednesday 16th March 2016

Dr Bryan Tabor’s well-deserved election as an Honorary Member of the Quekett was announced at the Annual General Meeting yesterday. Bryan was President of the Club from 2000 to 2003 and served in a number of other roles on the Committee. His latest contribution to the Club is a donation of an album containing over 400 colour prints taken at events from 1993 to 2001. The album was on display at the 2015 Annual Exhibition of Microscopy, and most of the prints have now been scanned and added to the archive of meeting reports in the Members’ Area of the website. The photos form the basis of 23 new reports, and additions to 7 existing ones.

Bryan Tabor and Jacky McPhersonBryan Tabor and Jacky McPherson examining Bryan’s photo album

Bryan Tabor’s photo albumSome of the photographs in Bryan’s album, which he has donated to the Club

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