The present Society was founded in 1945 and was formed to provide an opportunity for enthusiastic microscope users and collectors to meet regularly and talk 'shop' as well as learning about the wider applications of microscopy through talks and visits. It has always been a small, informal and friendly society whose membership spans a wide range of ages, experience and interests. It is affiliated to the Royal Microscopical Society.
Photo' shows RMS members investigating a lake near Reading, a town 38 miles West of London.
Although the Society aims to foster the use of light microscopes by it's membership, meetings and visits encompass the whole range of microscopy from the hand-lens to the latest optical and electron technology.
Evening meetings of the Society are held on the first Wednesday of every month from October to May. These may be lectures on techniques and applications or visits to laboratories to see applied microscopy in action. At the end of each season an afternoon pond-dip combines practical microscopy, natural history and a social occasion. In addition to the regular meetings occasional workshop sessions or extra visits may be arranged according to demand and opportunity.
Membership of the Society gives admission to all meetings and workshops together with two or three newsletters per season. The Society has a small library of books, a collection of mounted slides, a compound microscope and other items for loan to members. Consumables for slide and specimen preparation are available for purchase and occasionally microscopes are acquired for sale to members.
Visitors are always most welcome to attend individual meetings.
Membership fees at present are £10 per person or £12 per couple. Age 11-16 £5.
Who to contact
Further information may be obtained from The Hon. Sec. Ms. K. Brownlee
63 South Street
Email the Secretary
Click here for the 2003/4 meeting programme (in 'Word' format).
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Editorial note: The Micscape team would like to thank Kit Brownlee for providing the above information and current programme details on their society.
Photograph by Dave Walker June 1989.
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