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MiSAC 50th Anniversary articles

Posted 19th July 2019

As part of our efforts to promote microscopy, the Quekett Microscopical Club sponsors MiSAC (Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee), which promotes the teaching of microbiology in schools and colleges.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, MiSAC invited leading scientists to contribute articles for their website on a wide range of microorganisms and their activities, including 21st century cutting-edge research. The result is 33 articles by well-known scientists covering the following topics: Bacteria, Biotechnology/commerce, Environment, Food, Fungi, Health, Microscopy, Protists, Science methods and Viruses. You can read the articles here:

Radio interview with Alan Potter

Posted 30th May 2019

Alan Potter of Brunel Microscopes was the guest on Shepherds Way on Bristol Community Radio at 19:00 on Wednesday 29th May 2019. You can skip the first 13½ minutes. The recorded programme is available on the Internet here:

Christmas slides in the Earland Collection

Posted 20th December 2018

A donation by the Quekett Microscopical Club has enabled the Natural History Museum to purchase the Arthur Earland collection of foram slides, and Giles Miller blogged about some Christmas slides in the collection:

Arthur Earland foraminiferal Christmas card slide sent to Edward Heron-Allen in 1921Arthur Earland foraminiferal Christmas card slide sent to Edward Heron-Allen in 1921

Nikon Small World 2018 results

Posted 19th October 2018

The winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World competition have been announced, and Quekett members and spouses have done well:

Anne Algar: Daphnia with eggsAnne Algar: Daphnia with eggs (Honorable Mention). Dark-ground with polarisers and wave plate, 4× objective, stacked.

Anne Algar: phantom midge larvaAnne Algar: phantom midge larva (Image of Distinction). Polarised light, 4× objective, stacked.

David Linstead: Section of cat tongueDavid Linstead: Section of cat tongue showing blood capillaries surrounding each papilla, slide by Alexander Hett (Image of Distinction). Diffused incident lighting, 6.3× objective, stacked and stitched.

Wim van Egmond: Echinocardium cordatum larvaWim van Egmond: Echinocardium cordatum larva (sea urchin found in marine plankton) (Image of Distinction). Bright-field illumination, 10× objective.

Wim van Egmond: Licmophora flabellataWim van Egmond: Licmophora flabellata (marine diatoms that grow on seaweeds) (Image of Distinction). Dark-ground illumination, 10× objective.

Nikon Small World in Motion 2018 results

Posted 28th September 2018

The winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World in Motion competition have been announced, and Quekett member Wim van Egmond is one of the winners:

Daphnia water flea giving birth (6×, darkground illumination) [by Wim van Egmond]

Another Quekett member, Tom Jones, received an Honorable Mention:

Stephanoceros fimbriatus (rotifer) feeding (10× and 20× objectives, differential interference contrast) [by Tom Jones]

Hon. Secretary wanted

Posted 11th September 2018

We are seeking the next QMC Honorary Secretary to join us on the management committee. You will receive support from our President, Joan Bingley, and outgoing Honorary Secretary, Mary Morris, in becoming familiar with the role.

The tasks include attending committee meetings and a few other important London meetings. You will help prepare for, and minute, committee and other formal club meetings, as well as a few additional administrative tasks.

The benefits are reimbursement of necessary travel and other reasonable expenses, and knowing that you are making a real difference to the running of the Quekett.

To apply, or for more information, please send a message to Joan Bingley:

Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

Posted 7th September 2018

You can now submit entries for the 2019 Wellcome Photography Prize (formerly called the Wellcome Image Awards). Quekett members have done well in the past, so why not have a go? Categories include “Hidden worlds – reveal details hidden to the naked eye”. More information here:

Quekett on eBay

Posted 23rd May 2018

The Club now has an eBay account (quemicrosco-0).

We are starting by selling the USB drives of the Journal (1868–2012). Search for
quekett journal
on eBay, and you will see our USB drive (plus lots of expensive reprints and back numbers that are NOT sold by the Quekett).

We hope to start selling books on eBay in the near future.

2018 Royal Microscopical Society calendar

Posted 10th January 2018

Photographs by three Quekett members are included in the 2018 RMS calendar; not bad for a bunch of amateurs!

January is a geometric microengraving on a slide by Washington Teasdale (by Howard Lynk), May is a stained teak section on a slide by Ernie Ives (by Alan Wood), and July is an SEM of the eyes of Salticus scenicus (a jumping spider) (by Jeremy Poole).

Geometric microengraving on a slide by Washington TeasdaleGeometric microengraving on a slide by Washington Teasdale [by Howard Lynk]

Head of Salticus scenicusSEM of head of Salticus scenicus (Clerck) [by Jeremy Poole]

Wood from teak (Tectona grandis)Tangential section of wood from teak (Tectona grandis L.f.), stained with safranin, slide by Ernie Ives, 10× objective [by Alan Wood]

Steve Gill elected to Honorary Membership

Posted 7th October 2017

Steve Gill has been elected an Honorary Member of the Quekett Microscopical Club in recognition of (a) his considerable contributions to amateur microscopy, its history and development, and his support of local meetings; (b) his assistance over many years with historical and genealogical research to many authors; and (c) his support to the Club in the time and effort he has freely given to develop the search engine that has enabled the Club to issue an archive of its Journal on a USB flash drive.

Quekett President Joan Bingley presented Steve with his certificate at the Penkridge meeting on 16th September.

Steve GillSteve Gill

Nikon Small World 2017 results

Posted 4th October 2017

Congratulations to Quekett member Dr Brian Matsumoto, whose brightfield image of a section of long bone (20× objective) has been awarded an Image of Distinction in the 2017 Nikon Small World competition.

Section of long boneSection of long bone (20× objective, brightfield)

You can see a gallery of all of the winning images here:

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:

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

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

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

“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.

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