Programme

Unless otherwise stated, all QMC gossip meetings and workshops in 2017 and 2018 will take place in the PA135 Meeting Room at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. Access is via the Staff Entrance on Exhibition Road, and there is step-free access using a lift. The closest Underground station is South Kensington, on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.

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 Quekett meetings, but please check with the Meetings Secretary.

Events shown in brown and indented are not arranged by the Quekett, although we 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.

2017 Programme

October 2017

Tuesday 3rd October – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Malvern
Malvern Festival of Innovation
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
The Quekett will have a display extolling the virtues of light microscopy and showing that an understanding of basic principles allows people to innovate to produce images that give most information for a particular area of scientific work.
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Saturday 7th October – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Natural History Museum
Annual Exhibition of Microscopy (Quekex)
Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Display of photographs and family-oriented demonstrations in the foyer of the Flett Theatre. More technical displays and demonstrations in the PA 135 Meeting Room. Non-members need an invitation; contact the Club.
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Saturday 7th October – Pool in Wharfedale
Postal Microscopical Society
Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1LG
Pool in Wharfedale is a village 10 miles north of Leeds city centre and 2 miles east of Otley. A spacious hall, with power points and kitchen. Exhibits, sales, gossip and lectures. Tea and coffee are available. Three pubs in the village all do food.

Saturday 14th October – Langton Matravers
This meeting has been cancelled.

Saturday 14th October – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Sidmouth
Sidmouth Science Festival
St Giles & St Nicholas Parish Church, Church Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8LG
The Quekett will have a stand at the “Sporting Balls to Meteorology via the Microscope” event.

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Malham Tarn
British Diatomists Meeting
Malham Tarn Field Centre, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU
Weekend of talks, posters and discussion for researchers, academics and enthusiasts.
Booking and further details.

Saturday 21st October – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – St Albans
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; get there in the morning for the best bargains. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day for a small charge. Small car park adjacent to the churchyard. Non-members are welcome.
For further information, please contact James Rider.
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Sunday 22nd October – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – London
Antique Scientific Instrument Fair
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place, London, SW1V 1QA, admission £5 [early entry (9:00 a.m.) £20]
The Quekett will have a stand at this event.

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October – Esher
National Honey Show
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RT
The Quekett will be on stand no. 57 in the Trade Hall at this event.

Saturday 28th October – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Bradfield St George
East of England meeting
Village Hall, Felsham Road, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AS.
Gossip event arranged by the Eastern Counties Microscopy Study Group and the Iceni Microscopy Study Group with exhibits by visitors in the morning, and presentations in the afternoon. Light refreshments during the day and a sit-down lunch will be available at a cost of £7.50 per person.
To book, or for further details, please contact Lewis Woolnough.

November 2017

Saturday 4th November – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – London
British Entomological and Natural History Society – Annual Exhibition
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
The Quekett will have a stand at this exhibition as part of our outreach programme.

Saturday 11th November – 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon – PA135 Meeting Room
Committee meeting

Saturday 11th November – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on image processing for microscopy
Led by Graham Matthews and Alan Wood. Bring your own images on a USB drive and see if we can help you improve them.

Saturday 25th November – Angela Marmont Centre
Workshop for Arkwright Scholars
Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Attendance at this workshop is restricted to invited Arkwright Scholars.

December 2017

Saturday 9th December – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Christmas quiz
followed by
Lecture on “The Grant Museum of Zoology” by Hannah Cornish


2018 Programme

January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “My latest microscopical acquisition”

February 2018

Friday 16th to Monday 19th February 2018 – Flatford Mill
Practical Microscopy Weekend
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL.
Tutored  by Dennis Fullwood. For more information and booking, please contact Claire Madder (or telephone: 0845 330 7368)

Saturday 24th February 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon – PA135 Meeting Room
Committee meeting

Saturday 24th February 2018 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on the Quekett Microscopical Club collections, and their digitisation
Come and find out how we plan to make the slides, photographs and notebooks available on the website, and how you can help.

March 2018

Saturday 3rd March 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Wallington
South Thames Discussion Group
Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 8BL.
29th Annual Meeting. Lectures in the morning followed by gossip meeting in the afternoon. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea available for £12.00 (t.b.c.) per head. The church car park on Maldon Road has 18 parking bays, 3 of which are reserved for disabled use. Walking distance from buses and Wallington station.
Places at this event are limited, so you need to register. For more information, please contact Albert Greenfield.

Saturday 10th March 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Reading
Reading Convention
St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY.
A day of displays, sales, gossip and lectures organised by the Reading Microscopical Society.
Tea and coffee available, but members must make their own arrangements for lunch. Free car park adjacent to the Hall. Walking distance from Earley station.
The hall opens at 9:00 a.m. for setting up. For further details, please contact Mike Woof.

Tuesday 13th March 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Annual General Meeting
Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Quekett members only. Find out about our activities in 2017 and our plans for 2018 and beyond, and make your views known.

April 2018

Saturday 7th April 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Langton Matravers
Langton Matravers spring meeting
Village Hall, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3HA (opposite St George’s Church).
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day for a donation of £2.50.
Joint meeting with Postal Microscopical Society, demonstrations and gossip. For further details, please contact Derek Stevens.

Saturday 7th April 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Lockington
East Midlands Meeting
Lockington and Hemington Village Hall, Hemington Lane, Lockington, Leicestershire, 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, please contact Terry Hope.

Tuesday 10th April 2018 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Tuesday 10th April 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
M. C. Cooke Lecture
“‘Fly’ing in the face of adversity” by Dr Erica McAlister

Saturday 14th April 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Penkridge
West Midlands spring meeting
Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5DT.
Joint meeting with Postal Microscopical Society, gossip with demonstrations, sales and photo competition, followed by lectures. Coffee and tea available, but members must make their own arrangements for lunch. Free parking at the Centre.
For further details, please contact Mike Woof.

Friday 27th to Saturday 28th April 2018 – Weston-super-Mare
The Big Bang @ Weston
Tropicana, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1BE
Free festival engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics organised by David Spears.
The Quekett will have a display at this event.

May 2018

Tuesday 8th May 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Linnean Society
Presidential Address
Joan Bingley’s first Presidential Address (in accordance with tradition, the topic will not be announced in advance).
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF (between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park underground stations).

Saturday 12th May 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Husbands Bosworth
Postal Microscopical Society – AGM (and exhibits, gossip, sales and lectures)
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 only a few 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.
Tea and coffee are available. A public house across the road does food.

Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th May 2018 – Dale Fort
Marine Microscopy Meeting
Dale Fort Field Centre, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3RD.
For further details, please contact Geoff Phillips.

Friday 18th to Monday 21st May 2018 – Dale Fort
Marine Microscopy Weekend
Dale Fort Field Centre, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3RD.
For further details, please contact Geoff Phillips.

Saturday 19th May 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Wimbledon
Excursion to Wimbledon Common
Based in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) at this SSSI, we will be pond-dipping in Queensmere and looking at other interesting material. There is a free car park and the Windmill Tearooms near the Centre.
For further details and booking, please contact Dennis Fullwood.

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018 – Millport
Marine Plankton
Introductory course led by Phillip Cowie, run in partnership with the Marine Biological Association. Collect, study and identify live phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Millport Field Centre, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG
Further details and booking

Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 2018 – Flatford Mill
Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording
Introductory course led by Quekett member Adrian Chalkley. Sample, preserve and identify invertebrates from rivers and ponds.
Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
Further details and booking

June 2018

Saturday 2nd June 2018 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Dagenham
Eastbrookend Country Park meeting
Second excursion to this 84-hectare park and The Chase Local Nature Reserve, collecting from ponds and invertebrate areas, plus exhibits, demonstrations and gossip. A day of family-oriented microscopy. Tea and coffee available, bring packed lunch or go for a pub lunch, plenty of parking.
Millennium Centre, The Chase, Dagenham Road, Rush Green, Romford, RM7 0SS.
For details, please contact Robert Ratford.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 – from 9:30 a.m. – Leeds
Leeds Microscopical Society – Annual Meeting
St Mary’s Church Hall, Commercial Street, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 8HY.
Exhibits, sales, gossip and lectures. Coffee, tea and refreshments available on site, cafés and coffee shops 5-minutes walk away.
It is essential to contact Mike Smith in advance if you need a sales or display table.

Tuesday 19th June 2018 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Saturday 19th June 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “The hand lens & its uses”

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018 – Wimbledon
Wimbledon Common Bioblitz
On Saturday evening, a bat walk and moth trapping are planned.
Sunday 24th is the main day with structured walks and talks, and Quekett members will be in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) on Wimbledon Common providing microscopes for viewing the specimens found on the Common, as part of our outreach programme.
There is a free car park and the Windmill Tearooms near the Centre.

Sunday 24th June – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Northampton
Northamptonshire Natural History Society – Microscopy Section Annual Exhibition
NNHS Headquarters, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD.
Exhibits, sales and gossip in the morning, short talks in the afternoon, tea and coffee available.
For further information, or to book an exhibit or sales table, please contact Mike Gibson.

July 2018

Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th July 2018 – York
Light Microscopy Summer School
Residential course run by the Royal Microscopical Society, held at the University of York.
More information.

Monday 9th to Sunday 15th July 2018 – Kindrogan
Freshwater Algae
Intermediate course led by Eileen Cox and Elliot Shubert. Collect, study and identify live algae from freshwater habitats.
Kindrogan Field Centre, Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 7PG
Further details and booking

Tuesday 10th July 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Home-made or improvised equipment for microscopy”

Saturday 21st July 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Brookwood
Excursion to the Basingstoke Canal
Based in Brookwood Memorial Hall (adjacent to 150 Connaught Road), Brookwood, Surrey, GU24 0AL, where we set up our microscopes and cameras to examine specimens from the Canal.
Free parking in the grounds of the Hall, short walk from Brookwood Station.
For further details and booking, please contact Dennis Fullwood.

Friday 27th July 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Manchester
Manchester Microscopical Society Summer Meeting
University of Manchester, Anatomy & Histology Unit, Stopford Building/Medical School, M13 9PT (corner of Oxford Road and Aker Street, next to the Holy Name Church).
Exhibits, talks and microscope sales, non-members welcome.

August 2018

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th August 2018 – Flatford Mill
Practical Microscopy Weekend
Slide-making weekend on “Slides inspired by Hooke’s Micrographia”, tutored by Dennis
Fullwood.
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL.
For more information and booking, please contact Claire Madder (or telephone: 0845 330 7368)

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Slides of stained specimens”

Saturday 18th August 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Horsham
Excursion to Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Visit to the interesting and varied nature reserve, off Warnham Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA. The Visitor Centre will be available to set up equipment and examine the catch from the dipping ponds. There is a free car park.
For more information or booking, please contact Graham Matthews.

Friday 24th to Monday 27th August – Cranedale
Bank Holiday Microscopy Weekend
Cranedale Centre, Kirby Grindalythe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8DB.
For further details, please contact Steve Gill.

September 2018

Sunday 9th September 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Wimbledon
Wimbledon Common Open Day
Quekett members will be demonstrating microscopy to the public in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) on Wimbledon Common as part of our outreach programme. There is a free car park and the Windmill Tearooms near the Centre.
The Open Day features wildlife, craft and charity stalls, birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals, farm machinery and arena events.

Tuesday 11th September 2018 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Tuesday 11th September 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
L. V. Martin Lecture
“Confocal microscopy applied to palaeontological specimens” by Dr Tomasz Goral

Saturday 15th September 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Penkridge
West Midlands autumn meeting
Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5DT.
Joint meeting with Postal Microscopical Society, gossip with demonstrations and sales, followed by lectures. Coffee and tea available, but members must make their own arrangements for lunch. Free parking at the Centre.
For further details, please contact Mike Woof.

October 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Natural History Museum
Annual Exhibition of Microscopy (Quekex)
Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Display of photographs and family-oriented demonstrations in the foyer of the Flett Theatre. More technical displays and demonstrations in the PA135 Meeting Room, for members and invited guests.

Saturday 6th October 2018 – Pool in Wharfedale
Postal Microscopical Society
Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1LG
Pool in Wharfedale is a village 10 miles north of Leeds city centre and 2 miles east of Otley. A spacious hall, with power points and kitchen. Exhibits, sales, gossip and lectures. Tea and coffee are available. Three pubs in the village all do food.
For further details, please contact Mike Smith.

Saturday 6th October 2018 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Sunbury-on-Thames
Amateur Entomologists’ Society (AES) Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ.
The Quekett will not be represented at this event because it clashes with the Club’s exhibition.

Saturday 20th October 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – St Albans
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; get there in the morning for the best bargains. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day for a small charge. Small car park adjacent to the churchyard. Non-members are welcome.
For further information, please contact Mark Shephard.

Sunday 21st October 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – London
Antique Scientific Instrument Fair
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place, London, SW1V 1QA, admission £5 [early entry (9:00 a.m.) £20]
The Quekett has been offered a stand at this event

Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2018 – Esher
National Honey Show
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RT
The Quekett will have a stand in the Trade Hall at this event.

Saturday 27th October 2018 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Bradfield St George
East of England meeting
Village Hall, Felsham Road, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AS.
Gossip event arranged by the Eastern Counties Microscopy Study Group and the Iceni Microscopy Study Group with exhibits by visitors in the morning, and presentations in the afternoon. Light refreshments during the day and a sit-down lunch will be available at a cost of £7.50 per person.
To book, or for further details, please contact Lewis Woolnough.

November 2018

Saturday 10th November 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Committee meeting

Saturday 10th November 2018 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on preparing crystal slides
Led by Dennis Fullwood.

December 2018

Saturday 8th December 2018 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Christmas quiz
followed by
Talk by artist Jo Atherton (TBC)


Notes

Please note that Tuesday evening meetings at the Natural History Museum start at 5:30 p.m. to alleviate the problems due to the Museum’s security arrangements.

This page is kept up to date with alterations and additions to the programme, and they are also announced on the What’s new? page.

For any enquiries regarding Quekett events in this programme, please contact the Meetings Secretary (Paul Smith).

Events shown in brown and indented are not arranged by the Quekett, although we will be represented at some of these events. Any enquiries must be directed to the local organiser.

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