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
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 Membership cards and programmes
Updated 11th April 2018
The 2018 Quekett membership cards and printed programmes were posted at the end of February. Members in all countries should have received them.
To log in to the password-protected area of the website, you must now use the Username and Password on the back of your yellow 2018 membership card.
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 Teasdale [by Howard Lynk]
SEM of head of Salticus scenicus (Clerck) [by Jeremy Poole]
Tangential section of wood from teak (Tectona grandis L.f.), stained with safranin, slide by Ernie Ives, 10× objective [by Alan Wood]
Membership services outsourced to Royal Society of Biology
Posted 23rd November 2017
With effect from 1st November 2017, Peter Thomas is no longer dealing with membership and subscriptions, and the work has been transferred to the Royal Society of Biology. They already manage membership services for a number of societies. All Quekett members should have been informed by e-mail and/or by letter, and you should pay your 2018 subscription on or soon after 1st January.
If you pay your subscription by Direct Debit, your payments will continue as usual. If you want to set up a Direct Debit, please complete this form.
If you want to pay by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, JCB or Worldpay, you can do so on the mySociety: Quekett Microscopical Club website.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, please post it to: Quekett Microscopical Club Membership Services, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU.
If you prefer to use PayPal, please contact the Treasurer.
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.
Les Larkman R.I.P.
Posted 6th October 2017
Les Larkman, who was well-known to many members of the Quekett, the PMS and the Northampton NHS, sadly passed away on Wednesday 4th October 2017, aged 88, whilst at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
His funeral service will be held at Kettering Crematorium on Thursday 19th October at 12:30 p.m. and afterwards at the Trading Post (right next to the crematorium).
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 bone (20× objective, brightfield)
You can see a gallery of all of the winning images here:
Brian Davidson R.I.P.
Posted 2nd October 2017
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Brian Davidson, past-President, Honorary Member and loyal supporter of this Club, who passed away on Sunday 1st October 2017, aged 79. In accordance with Brian’s wishes, there will not be a funeral.
Nikon Small World in Motion 2017 results
Posted 22nd September 2017
Malaria mosquito attacked by fungus (10×) [by Wim van Egmond]
Floscularia (tube-dwelling rotifers) (16×, Differential Interference Contrast) [by Wim van Egmond]
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 drive
To purchase a copy of the archive, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page:
Little Imp Archival Series CD-ROMs
Posted 6th July 2017
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 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.
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 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 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:
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 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 Facebook
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.
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 normal price is £20 plus postage (£2.85 in the UK), with a discount available for members (please provide your membership number).