Programme

Unless otherwise stated, all QMC gossip meetings and workshops in 2019 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, which is 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.

2019 Programme

January 2019

Saturday 12th January 2019 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “My latest microscopical acquisition”

February 2019

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Committee Meeting

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on diatoms from Lake Myvattn, Iceland

March 2019

Saturday 9th March 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Reading
Reading Convention
St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY.
Displays, sales and gossip in the morning and lectures in the afternoon, organised by the Reading Microscopical Society.
Tea and coffee available, but visitors must make their own arrangements for lunch. Non-members are welcome. 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 12th March 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Annual General Meeting
Quekett members only. Find out about our activities in 2018 and our plans for 2019 and beyond, and make your views known.
Followed by a showing of “Death on time – The wonderful life of tadpole shrimps”.

Saturday 30th March 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome. For further details, please contact Mike Woof.

April 2019

Saturday 13th April 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Langton Matravers
South Coast 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. Non-members are welcome. For further details, please contact Pam Hamer.

Saturday 13th April 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. Non-members are welcome. To arrange a display table or for more information, please contact Terry Hope.

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
M. C. Cooke Lecture
“Diatoms” by Dr Eileen Cox

Friday 26th to Saturday 27th April 2019 – 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 2019

Tuesday 7th May 2019 – 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Linnean Society
Presidential Address
Joan Bingley’s second Presidential Address; in accordance with tradition, the title will not be revealed in advance.
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF (between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park underground stations).

Saturday 11th May 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome.

Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th May 2019 – Dale Fort
Marine Microscopy Meeting
Dale Fort Field Centre, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3RD.
For further details, please contact Geoff Phillips.

Saturday 18th May 2019 – 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 and looking at other interesting material. There is a free/donation car park and the Windmill Tearooms near the Centre. For further details and booking, please contact Dennis Fullwood.

Friday 24th to Monday 27th May 2019 – Millport
Marine Plankton
Millport Field Centre, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG
Residential introductory course led by Tom Stevenson, study and identify live phytoplankton and zooplankton. Further details and booking.

Monday 27th to Friday 31st May 2019 – Flatford Mill
Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording
Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
Residential introductory course led by Quekett member Adrian Chalkley. Sample, preserve and identify invertebrates from rivers and ponds. Further details and booking.

June 2019

Saturday 1st June 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome.
It is essential to contact Mike Smith in advance if you need a sales or display table.

Tuesday 18th June 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Arranged specimen slides”
Introductory talk by Phil Greaves

Sunday 23rd June 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome. For further information, or to book an exhibit or sales table, please contact Mike Gibson.

Sunday 23rd June 2019 – 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. – Northampton
Committee Meeting

Saturday 29th June 2019 – 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Epping Forest
Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology
Epping Forest
Introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field, tutored by Maaike Milligan. Further details and booking.

July 2019

Monday 1st to Monday 8th July 2019 – Kindrogan
Freshwater Algae
Kindrogan Field Centre, Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 7PG
Intermediate course led by Eileen Cox and Elliot Shubert. Collect, study and identify live algae from freshwater habitats. Further details and booking.

Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th July 2019 – Manchester
Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019
Organised by the Royal Microscopical Society, to be held at Manchester Central Convention Complex, Petersfield, M2 3GX. Includes a conference, an exhibition and workshops.
The Quekett will have an exhibition stand at this event.

Saturday 6th July 2019 – Bournemouth
Joint meeting with Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS. For further details, please contact Grenham Ireland.

Tuesday 9th July 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Sections”

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019
North York Moors Microscopy Weekend
The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB.
Excursions, lectures, private microscope workroom, bring your
own microscope. For further details, please contact Peter Wyn-Jones.

Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th July 2019 – York
Light Microscopy Summer School
Residential course run by the Royal Microscopical Society, held at Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York, YO10 5DD.

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd July 2019 – Malham Tarn
Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates
Malham Tarn Field Centre, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU
Residential course for beginners and those with some experience who wish to improve their identification skills on aquatic macroinvertebrates, tutored by Sharon and Peter Flint. Further details and booking.

Saturday 20th July 2019 – 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.

Saturday 20th July 2019 – 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bushy Park
Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology
The Stockyard, Bushy Park, Middlesex
Introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field, tutored by Maaike Milligan. Further details and booking.

August 2019

Friday 9th to Monday 12th August 2019 – Flatford Mill
Practical Microscopy Weekend
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 13th August 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Rocks and minerals”
Introductory talk by Kit Brownlee

Saturday 17th August 2019 – 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 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019 – Cranedale
Bank Holiday Microscopy Weekend
Cranedale Centre, Kirby Grindalythe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8DB.
For further details, please contact Steve Gill.

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Committee Meeting

September 2019

Sunday 8th September 2019 – 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/donation 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 10th September 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
L. V. Martin Lecture
“The Heron-Allen and Earland collections of Foraminifera” by Dr Giles Miller.

Saturday 14th September 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome. For further details, please contact Mike Woof.

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 – Windermere
Joint meeting with British Phycological Society
Excursions and lectures, with use of the Freshwater Biological Association’s laboratory beside Windermere. For information, please contact Martyn Kelly.

October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019 – 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 artwork and videos) 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.
Quekett members can download an invitation for their guests. Quekett members should be able to use the Staff Entrance on Exhibition Road if they show their membership card.

Saturday 5th October 2019 – 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. Non-members are welcome. For further details, please contact Mike Smith.

Saturday 12th October 2019 – 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 have a stand at this Exhibition as part of our outreach programme. Admission to the Exhibition is £4 for adults, £1 for under-16s.

Saturday 19th October 2019 – 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. Hall available from 9:30 a.m. for sellers to set up their tables. For further information, please contact Mark Shephard.

Saturday 19th October 2019 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – St Albans
Committee Meeting

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October 2019 – 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 26th October 2019 – 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 and gossip in the morning, and presentations in the afternoon. Quekett members are welcome. 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 Dave Skeet.

November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on slide making inspired by Robert Hooke
Led by Dennis Fullwood.

December 2019

Saturday 7th December 2019 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Christmas quiz, organised by Dennis Fullwood
followed by
Christmas lecture “A freshwater microscopist” by Tony Pattinson


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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