Membership of the Quekett Microscopical Club brings several benefits.

All members receive the Quekett Journal of Microscopy in June and December and the Bulletin of the Quekett Microscopical Club in March and September. The Journal is the leading peer-reviewed publication for articles on historical microscopy, microscope technique and digital imaging, studies and observations on microscopic life and microscopic structures. The Bulletin is a more informal publication providing records of Club meetings and exhibits, as well as short articles. The Club’s website provides members with access to videos of Club meetings and reports of other meetings.

For those who live in or visit the UK, the Club holds a very active programme of meetings, workshops and excursions. Meetings are held each month at the Natural History Museum in London, where lectures are given by experts in their field (you can view videos of these lectures in the Members’ Area) and gossip meetings, where members and visitors stage small exhibits on microscopy. Annual one-day meetings are also held around the country, usually combining lectures with gossip exhibits. The Club’s Annual Exhibition of Microscopy is held in October at the Natural History Museum and is a showcase for members’ work and projects. It is probably the largest meeting of amateur microscopists in the world! For those wanting to buy, sell or exchange microscopes, slides and equipment, Microscopium is the Club’s sales meeting, held in October and open to members and visitors. See the current programme for details.

Finally, by becoming a member of the Quekett Microscopical Club, you join the largest and most friendly group of recreational microscopists – amateur and professional – and become part of our community.

How do I join?

In order to arrange membership please send the following information to our Membership Secretary, Robert Ratford via the Contact Form below.

Your name (required)

Your date of birth (required)

Your postal address (required)

Your telephone number (required)

Your e-mail (required)

Your occupation (required)

Any other information

After you accept the terms and conditions, a password will be sent to you by e-mail so that you can sign in and apply for membership. (Please note that this password is for membership matters only, and cannot be used to access the Members’ area of the website.)

If you prefer not to enter your details online, then you can download an application form to print, complete, and post to us:

How much will it cost?

If you live in the UK or Europe, the subscription is £35 per annum, or £12 per annum for those under 21 years of age.

If you live outside Europe, the subscription is £45 per annum, or £20 per annum for those under 21 years of age.

Companies and other organisations can be supporting members. For supporting members who wish to advertise in our publications, the subscription is £50 per annum. For supporting members who do not need advertisements, the subscription is £45 per annum.

Annual subscriptions cover a calendar year, 1st January to 31st December. New members will receive copies of the Bulletin and the Journal that have already been published in the year that they join.

If you join during October, November or December, your subscription will cover from the date you join until the end of the following year.

How do I pay?

Our preferred method is Direct Debit; here is the form:

Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer or cheque, please ask for details.

How do I check and update my details?

Once your membership has been arranged you can go to the secure website where our membership services are administered by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB):

To sign in, you need an e-mail address and a password. New members will already have a password. If you are an existing member and need a password, please:

  1. Click “Log in now”
  2. Click “Click here to request a new one”
  3. Type your e-mail address
  4. Click “Get new Password”

A password will be sent to your e-mail address, and you can then sign in and check or correct the details that we hold for you. (Please note that this password is for membership matters only, and cannot be used to access the Members’ area of the website.)

The Quekett Microscopical Club is a registered charity (Registered Number 232476).

Members’ area of the website

There is a password-protected area of this website to which only Club members have access. Your Username and Password are on the back of your membership card. This area is where you can watch videos of lectures, read reports of meetings going back to 1993, find out about the books, slides and microscopes for use by members, and admire lots of photographs taken by members. Non-members can see examples here:

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