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Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society

HISTORY





  • 1858, Manchester Literary & Philisophical Society - Microscopical Section
    • President, Prof Crawford Williamson; VP, Joseph Sidebotham; also EW Binney, G Mosley, JB Dancer, Dr Alcock
  • 1865, 45 members; added General Natural History to title (Closed in 1899)
  • 1867, Some members formed a club for Microscopy enthusiasts which met fortnightly during the winter
    • called Manchester Scientific Students' Microscopical Club
    • founders:Thomas Pearce, John Hardy, Walter Morris, John Barrow, Mark Stirrup, FGS Bowden, Charles Bailey
  • 1875, Club changed name to Leeuwenhoek Microscopical Club
  • 1880, Manchester Microscopical Society founded to enlarge the club.
    • First meeting at the Mechanic's Institute 14th February of a society for the Art of Microscopy,
    • President, Dr John Tatham; also GE Davies, John Boyd, William Blackburn and about 20 others.
    • Hire-purchase of instruments offered to younger members
    • Produced Transactions of the Microscopical society
    • 1881 President: John Boyd
    • 1882 President: Thomas Brittain
    • 1883 President:W Blackburn FRMS, 196 members
    • 1884 President: GE Davies FRMS, 242 members, Ladies admitted as Associates
    • 1885 President Dr John Tatham (2nd time), Hon members Frank Crisp, Rev WH Dallinger, Henry Clifton Sorby FRS, 211 members. Meetings now in Memorial Hall
    • 1886 President JLW Miles FRMS, 206 members
    • 1887-1893 President, Prof Milnes Marshall, 214 members (1887) Talks on Zeolites and visits to Owens College (1888)
    • 1893-1904 President, Prof SJ Hickson
    • 1904-1922, President, Prof FE Weiss
  • 1930, Celebration of society's Golden Jubilee. Early historical account from Prof Weiss
  • 1955, 75th Anniversary celebrations
  • 1980, Centenary of MMS
  • 1985, Newsletter begun by Roy Winsby
  • 1992, Society reaches over 100 members
  • 1995, Society reaches over 200 members
  • 1997, Society on the Internet
  • 1998, Society membership 264
  • 1999, Society meetings move to Manchester University Medical School
  • 2000, 120th Anniversary on February 14th
  • 2002, New style newsletter launched by Steve Edgar
  • 2003, MMS at Manchester Science Museum
  • 2008, Exciting change in meetings format and joint meeting with Astronomers
  • 2012, Joint meet with Victorian Society on JB Dancer
  • 2013, Use of new microscope lab at Manchester University

References
  • Annual Reports of the Manchester Microscopical Society, 1884-1888.
  • Weiss FE (1930) Microscopy in Manchester, Manchester Microscopical Society 36-54.








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