Christmas quiz and lecture

Saturday 8th December 2018

A keen bunch of Quekett members braved the pavements, buses and trains packed with Christmas shoppers to attend the final meeting of the year, which was held in the PA135 Meeting Room at the Natural History Museum and followed the usual pattern, with a quiz, refreshments and a lecture (Small Things Forgotten, by Jo Atherton).

Christmas quiz

Dennis Fullwood ran the quiz, which he warned included some trick questions.

Dennis Fullwood asking the questionsDennis Fullwood asking the questions

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Full marks would be 30, and Charles Hussey and Paul Smith both scored 19; Charles was declared the winner after a tie-break question. Stephen Parker came third.

Tie-break question

Mince pies and drinks

After struggling to remember things that were on the tips of our tongues, we needed a break so we tucked into the mince pies, washed down with fruit juice or wine.

Mince pies and wineMince pies and drinks

Christmas lecture “Small Things Forgotten”

Paul Smith introduced Jo Atherton, who uses materials found on the tideline as the inspiration for her work, which includes prints, cyanotypes, tapestry and clay. Part of her inspiration is the circular field of view down a microscope and subjects such as diatom arrangements and cell structures, and at first sight some of her works can be mistaken for biological subjects

Jo AthertonJo Atherton

Anthropocene (2016) Jo AthertonAnthropocene (2016) Jo Atherton

Jo finds and uses all sorts of plastic materials, including toy soldiers, Lego, sticks for blowing bubbles and substrates for water purification.

Plastic flotsamPlastic flotsam

Charles Hussey recorded the lecture and the discussion that followed, and a video will be available in the password-protected area of the website.

Report and photographs of participants by Alan Wood

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