Alexandra Park Family Activities Day
Monday 27th May 2019
On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, three members of the Quekett Microscopical Club (Irma Irsara, Dennis Fullwood and Paul Smith) attended the Family Activities Day at Alexandra Park at the invitation of the Friends of Alexandra Park, as a contribution to the Club’s outreach programme. They set up some microscopes, cameras and screens and spent a very busy day answering questions from both adults and young people. Various samples had been collected from around the park by the volunteers earlier in the morning.
One microscope was set up to look at diatoms – small plants that move. Another looked at the detail of everyday objects such as coins and watches and fabric fibres, and the third was looking at all the bugs brought by children and other members of the public. At the same time, there was a scavenger hunt outside with horse chestnut leaves and daisies etc. sought out. Finally there was an Xplorer trail set up in The Grove with a challenge to find all the cards set up around the Park. Quite a lot of enthusiastic children could be seen running around the park and peering into microscopes.
Both adults and children were very engaged and fascinated by the amazing images of insects, other organisms and microfibres that most of us never knew existed in water. The microscopes certainly added a new and exciting dimension to the Park’s normal array of activities.
Dennis Fullwood with a young visitor
Irma Irsara and Dennis Fullwood with visitors
Irma Irsara with a visiting family
Irma Irsara with a laptop and video projector
Irma Irsara and Paul Smith with visitors
Paul Smith with his microscopes
Inspection camera with monitor
Collecting fibres from clothing
Gyrosigma sp. (a diatom)
Surirella sp. (a diatom)
Report and photographs by Irma Irsara, Paul Smith and Frances Minnion