Programme

Unless otherwise stated, all QMC gossip meetings and workshops in 2019 and 2020 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

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. Short walk from the 93 bus route (alight at Parkside Hospital). 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.
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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.
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Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 – Lake District
Joint meeting with British Phycological Society
Excursions and lectures, based at The Gather in the village of Ennerdale Bridge, and 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. Lectures in the Flett Theatre: Zaineb Henderson on “Micromotion in Action” and Jeremy Poole on SEM.
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.
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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.

Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th October 2019 – London
New Scientist Live, a festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.
The Quekett will be on stand 1403 at this event as part of our outreach programme.
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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 be on stand 120 at this Exhibition as part of our outreach programme. Admission to the Exhibition is £4 for adults, £1 for under-16s.
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Saturday 12th October 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Sidmouth
Sidmouth Science Festival
Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8LE.
The Quekett will have a stand at the “Super Science Saturday” event as part of our outreach programme.
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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.
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Saturday 19th October 2019 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – St Albans
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 – 11.00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. – London
It’s a small world after all: family-friendly microscopy workshop
Museum of Life Sciences, Department of Anatomy & Human Sciences, Hodgkin Building, Kings College London, Guy’s Campus, London, SE1 1UL.
Organised by the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons and the King’s College London Museum of Life Sciences, and led by the Quekett Microscopical Club. This event is suitable for 11-14 year olds, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free event but pre-brooking is requested. Maximum 5 tickets per booking.
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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; daily admission is £12.
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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, gossip and sales 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 £8 per person. To book, or for further details, please contact Dave Skeet.
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November 2019

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – London
British Entomological and Natural History SocietyAnnual Exhibition
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
The Quekett will have a stand at this free exhibition as part of our outreach programme.
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Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – London
Geologists’ AssociationFestival of Geology
University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
The Quekett will have a stand at this free event as part of our outreach programme.
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Saturday 9th November 2019 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on slide making inspired by Robert Hooke
Led by Chris Thomas.
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November 2019Angela Marmont Centre
Keyence demonstration
POSTPONED, new date to be advised

Saturday 23rd November 2019 – 12:45 to 5:00 p.m. – 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 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


2020 Programme

January 2020

Saturday 11th January 2020 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “My latest microscopical acquisition”
Bring your latest lens, accessory, gadget, slide, book, etcetera to show to other Club members.

February 2020

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Committee Meeting

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on the Richardson slide collection
Select some interesting slides that you would like to take home to study and to transcribe the label data.

March 2020

Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Annual General Meeting
Quekett members only. Find out about our activities in 2019 and our plans for 2020 and beyond, and make your views known.

Saturday 14th March 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. To book a table or for further details, please contact Mike Woof.

April 2020

Saturday 4th April 2020 – 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.

Friday 10th to Monday 13th April 2020 – Flatford Mill
Practical Microscopy Weekend
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL.
An opportunity to share, swap or learn new techniques with fellow enthusiasts, do your own thing, and investigate the microscopic freshwater life of the River Stour and other aquatic habitats. For more information and booking, please contact Claire Madder (or telephone: 0845 330 7368)

Saturday 11th April 2020 – 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 14th April 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – London
M. C. Cooke Lecture
“The marvellous Mister Towne”, by Bill Edwards (Joseph Towne made the wonderful anatomical and dermatological wax models in the Gordon Museum of Pathology).
Percy Roberts Lecture Theatre, Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Kings College London, Guy’s Campus, London, SE1 1UL
NOTE: To comply with requirements of the HM Inspector of Anatomy, only adult members of the Club will be able to attend. Non-members who are medical professionals may also attend, but must register with Dennis Fullwood before the event.

Saturday 18th April 2020 – 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.

Sunday 19th April 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Walthamstow
Excursion to Walthamstow Wetlands
Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, London, N17 9NH

Friday 24th to Saturday 25th April 2020 – Weston-super-Mare
The Big Bang @ Weston
Winter Gardens, Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AJ
Free festival engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, organised by David and Madeleine Spears.
The Quekett will have a display at this event as part of our outreach programme.

May 2020

Saturday 2nd May 2020 – 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 5th May 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
Presidential Address
Joan Bingley’s third Presidential Address “Birds under the microscope”

Monday 11th to Thursday 14th May 2020 – Dale Fort
Marine Microscopy Meeting
Dale Fort Field Centre, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3RD.
For further details, please contact Geoff Phillips.

Saturday 16th May 2020 – 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. Short walk from the 93 bus route (alight at Parkside Hospital). Visitors are welcome. For further details and booking, please contact Dennis Fullwood.

Monday 25th May 2020 – Haringey
Alexandra Park Family Activities Day
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY.
Quekett members will be there as part of our outreach programme.

June 2020

Saturday 6th June 2020 – from 9:30 a.m. – Leeds
Leeds Microscopical Society – Annual Meeting
Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1LG.
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 16th June 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Micro fossils”

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June 2020 – Wimbledon
Wimbledon Common BioBlitz
Quekett members will be in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) on Wimbledon Common on Sunday 28th providing microscopes for viewing the specimens found on the Common, as part of our outreach programme.
There is a free/donation car park and the Windmill Tearooms near the Centre. Short walk from the 93 bus route (alight at Parkside Hospital).

Sunday 28th June 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 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. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for setting up. For further information, or to book an exhibit or sales table, please contact Mike Gibson.

Sunday 28th June 2020 – 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. – Northampton
Committee Meeting

July 2020

Saturday 4th July 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 and nearby locations.
Free parking in the grounds of the Hall, short walk from Brookwood Station. For further details and booking, please contact Dennis Fullwood.

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July 2020 – 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.

Tuesday 7th July 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Hairs and fibres”

Friday 17th to Monday 20th July 2020 – Flatford Mill
Practical Microscopy Weekend
Held at Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL.
An opportunity to learn, practice or improve your skills in making microscope slides, on a course led by Dennis Fullwood. For more information and booking, please contact Claire Madder (or telephone: 0845 330 7368)

Friday 24th July 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Manchester
Manchester Microscopical Society Summer Meeting
Venue and details not yet available

Saturday 25th July 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bournemouth
Joint meeting with Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS.
Displays, demonstrations and gossip in the morning, and a talk in the afternoon. Tea and coffee available. For further details, please contact Grenham Ireland.

August 2020

Tuesday 11th August 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Gossip meeting “Slides by Ernie Ives”

Saturday 15th August 2020 – 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 28th to Monday 31st August 2020 – Cranedale
Bank Holiday Microscopy Weekend
Cranedale Centre, Kirby Grindalythe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8DB.
For further details, please contact Steve Gill.

September 2020

Tuesday 8th September 2020 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Committee Meeting

Tuesday 8th September 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Neil Chalmers Seminar Room
L. V. Martin Lecture
“Raman microscopy use in the identification of airborne microplastics” by Joseph Livermore

Sunday 13th September 2020 – 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. Short walk from the 93 bus route (alight at Parkside Hospital). The Open Day features wildlife, craft and charity stalls, birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals, farm machinery and arena events.

Saturday 19th September 2020 – 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.

October 2020

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 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. Lectures in the Flett Theatre.
Quekett members will be able to 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 10th October 2020 – 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.

Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th October 2020 – London
New Scientist Live, a festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.
The Quekett will have a stand at this event as part of our outreach programme.

Saturday 17th October 2020 – 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.

Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th October 2020 – 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; daily admission is £12.

Saturday 24th October 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 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 early 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 24th October 2020 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – St Albans
Committee Meeting

Saturday 31st October 2020 – 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, gossip and sales 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 £8 per person. To book, or for further details, please contact Dave Skeet.

November 2020

Saturday 7th November 2020 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Workshop on optics and spectroscopy

December 2020

Saturday 5th December 2020 – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. – PA135 Meeting Room
Christmas quiz, organised by Dennis Fullwood
followed by
Christmas lecture “Microscope slides of Richard Suter” by Phil Greaves


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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