What’s new?

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.

Steve GillSteve Gill

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 boneSection 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

The winners of the 2017 Nikon Small World in Motion competition have been announced, and Quekett member Wim van Egmond has been awarded 2 Honorable Mentions.


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 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

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

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

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).

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