Programme

Many meetings are held in the Natural History Museum in London, but please check the venue carefully before travelling to a meeting.

Non-members are usually welcome at Quekett meetings, but please check with the Meetings Secretary.

Events shown indented and in italics are not arranged by the Quekett, although we will be represented at some of them. Any enquiries should be directed to the local organiser.

Here is a downloadable .pdf version of the Programme (revised 17th February 2024).  Please be aware that changes may be made at short notice, so ensure you check this on-line version before travelling to events or signing in to Zoom.

2024 Programme (July to December)

July 2024

Sunday 7th July 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Northampton
Northampton Natural History Society – Annual Exhibition of Microscopy
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD.
Exhibits, gossip and sales in the morning, with lectures in the afternoon. Further details from Mike Gibson

Tuesday 9th July 2024 – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Committee meeting
Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum.

Tuesday 9th July 2024 – 6:30 p.m. Note this event will be on Zoom logo only
M. C. Cooke Lecture – “Easily Identifiable Tiny Fungi”
Dr Fay Newbery (Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley).
Dr Newbery is a plant pathologist, diagnosing diseases on garden plants. She is particularly interested in diseases caused by fungi, both in UK garden plants and in our wild flora.

Tuesday 16th July 2024 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – South Kensington
Photomicrography workshop for Positive View
Quekett members will be explaining and demonstrating photomicrography to students on a photography course as part of our outreach programme.
Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD.
Attendance is restricted to people nominated by Positive View.

Tuesday 23rd July 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Zoom logo
Gossip meeting
Diatoms – finding, collecting, cleaning, viewing
Led by Mike Samworth (Postal Microscopical Society)
Please note, although the meeting will be held via Zoom it will not be recorded

Saturday 27th July 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Pollen slides; pollen identification; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.

August 2024

Saturday 3rd August 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Horsham
Excursion to Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Warnham Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA.
Collect samples at this varied nature reserve. Free parking.
Information leaflet (.pdf), or for more information contact Graham Matthews.

Tuesday 6th August 2024 – 7:30 pm London time (UTC+1)
QMC and the Bournemouth Natural Science Society – Joint Lecture by Zoom logo only
“Peering inside the ‘Black Box’ of forensic entomology: new imaging technologies for time since death estimation using the blowfly pupal stage.”
Speaker: Dr Katherine Brown
Dr Brown is Principal Lecturer in Forensic Science at Portsmouth University.  She will cover forensic entomology in general, the pupal stage and age estimation using traditional and modern methods, including Optical Coherence Tomography and micro-computed tomography (microCT.)

Saturday 10th August 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Letchworth
Microscopium – The Microscopists’ Fair
Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 4UB.
The Quekett sales event. To book a table contact [email protected]
Attendees must take note of the Club’s sales policy.

Saturday 17th August 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Bees’ legs; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2024 – Downe, Kent
Down House Microscopy Weekend. The Quekett will be participating as part of our outreach programme.
Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT.

Friday 24th to Monday 26th August 2024 – all day – Kirby Grindalythe
Microscopists’ weekend
Cranedale Centre, Kirby Grindalythe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8DB.
For more information, please contact Steve Gill.

September 2024

Sunday 1st September 2024 – London
Grove Park Carnival and Dog Show
Chinbrook Meadows.   Main entrance via Amblecote Road SE12 9TR

Tuesday 3rd September 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Committee meeting Zoom logo

Sunday 8th September 2024 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Wimbledon
Wimbledon Common Open Day
The Quekett will have a stand in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) on Wimbledon Common as part of our outreach programme. A donation car park and the Windmill Tearooms are near the Centre. Short walk from the 93 bus route (alight at Parkside Hospital). The free Open Day features craft and charity stalls, birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals, farm machinery and arena events.

Tuesday 17th September 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Zoom logo
Gossip meeting
Converting to LED. Led by Gordon Brown.

Saturday 21st September 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Insect wings; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.

Saturday 28th September 2024 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Sunbury-on-Thames
Amateur Entomologists’ SocietyAnnual Exhibition & Trade Fair
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ.
The Quekett hopes to have a stand at this Exhibition as part of our outreach programme. Admission to the Exhibition is £6 for adults, £3 for under-18s.

October 2024

Saturday 5th October 2024 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Pool-in-Wharfedale
Postal Microscopical Society – Autumn Meeting
Exhibits, gossip, sales and possibly lectures. For more information please contact Mike Smith.
Village Memorial Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1LG.

Saturday 5th October 2024 – Poole
Drop-In Microscopy
Outreach in Poole Main Library
The Quekett has been invited to set up a microscopy display as part of an initiative for the library ‘Fun Palaces’ where they try to introduce new experiences. Contact Pam Hamer for more information.

Saturday 12th to Monday 14th October 2024 – all day – London
New Scientist Live
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL.
The Quekett will have a stand as part of its outreach programme.  Volunteers are welcome, please contact Robert Ratford for details.

Tuesday 15th October 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Quekex Lecture I (Zoom logo only)

Saturday 19th October 2024 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Potters Bar
Quekex – The Annual Exhibition of Microscopy
Lectures, demonstrations, displays and members’ exhibits.
Elm Court Community Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3BP
Contact Lisa Ashby for more information.

Saturday 19th October 2024 (TBC) – London
Apple Day
Chinbrook Meadows. Main entrance via Amblecote Road SE12 9TR

Sunday 20th October 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Parasites; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October 2024 – all day – Esher
National Honey Show
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ.
The Quekett will have a stand in the Trade Hall as part of our outreach programme.

Sunday 27th October 2024 – 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Milton
Milton Microscopy Group
Topic TBC
Milton Community Centre Lounge, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridgeshire, CB24 6BL. (what3words ///ally.pies.comical)
Contact Chris Thomas for more information.

November 2024

Saturday 2nd November 2024 – 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Committee meeting

Saturday 2nd November 2024 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – London
British Entomological and Natural History SocietyAnnual Exhibition
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
The Quekett hopes to have a stand at this free exhibition as part of our outreach programme.

Tuesday 12th November 2024 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Zoom logo only
L. V. Martin Lecture
“The Ted Kellock Slide Collection” by staff from the Stromness Museum

Saturday 16th November 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Owl pellets; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.

December 2024

Tuesday 3rd December 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Zoom logo only
Gossip meeting on dark-field, led by Steve Trewhella

Saturday 14th December 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Zoom logo only
Lecture and Christmas Quiz

Saturday 21st December 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Crowfield
Anglian Microscopy Group
Christmas plants; photomicrography
Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ.
Contact Gordon Brown for further information.


2025 Programme

February 2025

Sunday 2nd February 2025 – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon – Wimbledon
Wimbledon Common Nature Club
“Life Under a Microscope” – Quekett members will be in the Information Centre (SW19 5NR) on Wimbledon Common (near the Windmill), showing interesting slides and specimens to local children as part of our outreach programme.

October 2025

Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th October 2025 – all day – Esher
National Honey Show
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ.
The Quekett will have a stand in the Trade Hall as part of our outreach programme.

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. Changes may also be announced on the What’s new? page and on social media.

For any enquiries regarding Quekett events in this programme, please contact the Meetings Secretary (Paul Smith).

Events shown indented and in italics are not arranged by the Quekett, although we will be represented at some of these events. Any enquiries should be directed to the local organiser.

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