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PREVIOUS MEETINGS
1998-2017

 

 

 

 


Thursday Evenings, 7.00-9.00 pm, University of Manchester, Stopford Building/Medical School
(corner of Oxford Road and Aker Street next to the Holy Name Church)


Click on PoP (Photos of Proceedings) to view pictures taken at the meeting

 


  • 2016
  • September 22
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)
    • Plus

  • October 20
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits


  • November 17
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

  • 2017

  • February 16
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

  • March 16
    • Members Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)
    • 137th Annual General Meeting


  • July 28 ALL DAY SUMMER MEETING (Friday)
    • T.B.A.

  • 2015-16  .... 136th Season
  • September 17
    • Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)
    • Plus antique MMS equipment returned from Manchester Science Museum

  • October 15
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits


  • November 19
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

  • 2016
  • January 21
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits Includes a variety of objectives, stage slide holders, condensors, lamps, magnifiers for sale. Also some Victorian slides and a drawing tube added to the Society's collection.
    • MMs
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    • A great set of exhibits, high quality digital imaging and items for sale ... note the very low turnout for this January meeting! Perhaps more next time.

  • February 18
    • Super-resolution microscopy or is it?
      The technique which won the 2015 Nobel Prize !
    • Dr Nazim Ali discusses his recent research using these methods.
    • Exhibits including those from the previous meeting.

  • March 17
    • Members Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)
    • 136th Annual General Meeting

  • April 14
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

  • July 29 Our First All Day Summer Meeting !
    • Digital Imaging
    • Sorting the MMS Collection
    • Demonstration and sale of 8 bequeathed microscopes
  • 2014-15  ..... 135th Season
  • September 18
    • Modern Microscope Illumination - L.E.D.s - talks and demosntrations by members Michael Gilligan & Tom Green
    • Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)

    • October 2013
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  • October 16
    • Roy Winsby (1926-2014) Memorial Meeting - Roy's contributions as the Society's Honorary Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Meetings Organiser, Booklet Author, and Newsletter and Newssheet Editor are remembered along with ...
    • Exhibits - Roy has donated his microscopes, accessories and tools, slides, books, papers and collection of fossil sands to the society for the use of members
    • Roy Winsby  Roy Winsby
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  • November 20
    • Photomicrography - An opportunity to take digital images of your specimens via a microscope or stereomicroscope and edit them in PhotoShop. Also see them on the big screen.
    • Exhibits

  • 2015
  • January 15
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

  • February 12
    • Inside the Microscope - Peter Evennett of the RMS and Leeds Microscopical Society reveals the microscope's inner secrets

  • March 19
    • Members Exhibits - Bring along items of interest (equipment, specimens, images)
    • 135th Annual General Meeting

  • April 16
    • T.B.A.
    • Exhibits

2013-2014     134th Season

NEW FORMAT  Future meetings will take place in the new facility of the Anatomy & Histology unit providing access to microscopes, slides, books, computers and projection. This season we are going back to basics where members and guests will bring along equipment and specimens for demonstration and discussion. Any external speakers will be added below as applicable.

  • 2013
  • October 17
    • Exhibits - Much of this meeting was taken over by members enthusiastically perusing over the wonderful material donated by Lilian Gray; glassware, microscopes, lenses, many microtomes, slide boxes, tissue blocks and knives. We also had demonstrations of polarising microscopy and fossils from Steve Dawson and Derek Haworth.
      October
                                                          2013 Meeting
    • Flatters
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                                                          Bench
                                                          Microtome

  • November 14
    • Exhibits - Again members exhibits are welcome and we will also have more of Lillian's gifts - sledge microtome, ovens, centrifuge etc.
      Sledge
                                                          Microtome
    • Ovens

  • 2014
  • January 23
    • Exhibits

  • February 20
    • Exhibits

  • March 20
    • Exhibits
    • 134th Annual General Meeting

  • April 17
    • Exhibits



2012-2013     133rd Season


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  • September
    • No Meeting
  • October 11
    • Exhibits and Short Talk
    • Meeting devoted to members and guests exhibits, offers, sales.
      Plus a short illustrated talk on Lungs under the Microscope (Mike Mahon).
    • Members & Guests
  • November 15
    • Garage Microscopy
    • Optical, Transmission & Scanning EM services run from the garage!
    • Dave & Carole Furness

 

2013

  • January 17
    • No Meeting
  • February 14
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  • March 21
    • 133rd Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • The A.G.M. is a short business meeting followed by a members exhibits and gossip meeting and demonstrations. All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 11
    • Stanhopes and other Microphotographic Novelties
    • A multimedia slideshow on some of the great uses of Dancer's work.
    • Jean Scott


2011-2012     132nd Season

2011

  • September
    • No Meeting
  • October 13
    • Open Meeting: Theme – Microscopy on the Web
    • Meeting devoted to members and guests exhibits, offers, sales.
      Show off your favourite microscopy related web sites.
    • Members & Guests
  • November 17
    • Bear Hunting for Microscopists!
    • Ever seen a Tardigrade?
    • Bill Jones
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    • PoP

 

2012

  • January 19
    • Practical Class
    • After the success of 'So you want to be a medical student learning to operate a microscope' - another fiendish practical class is under development to keep members on their toes!
    • Andrew Morris
    • PoP
  • February 16
    • Wildlife Photography Around the UK
    • Images from a professional wildlife photographer based in Greater Manchester.
    • David Winnard
  • March 15
    • 132nd Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • The A.G.M. is a short business meeting followed by a members exhibits and gossip meeting and demonstrations. All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 4  (Note Wednesday Meeting at Manchester YMCA - opposite Science Museum)
    • John Benjamin Dancer - Manchester Microscope Manufacturer & Microphotographer
    • This is an opportunity for MMS members to meet with the Manchester Victorian Society
    • Mike Mahon

 

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2010-2011     131st Season

2010

  • September
    • No Meeting
  • October 14
    • Open Meeting: Theme – Digital Apps / Newsletter Articles
    • Meeting devoted to members and guests exhibits, offers, sales.
    • Members & Guests
    • Meeting to be preceded (6.30-7.00) by MMS Council Meeting
  • November 18
    • Basic Tissue Histology Under the Microscope
    • All mammalian and human organs have a common composition – let’s have a look!
    • Mike Mahon

2011

  • January 20
    • No Meeting
  • February 17
    • Microscope Exam
    • Following on from last year’s class in setting up a microscope and making a drawing we now introduce a simple 5 minute practical exam – can you do it under pressure!
    • Mike Mahon & Grenham Ireland
  • March 17
    • 131st Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • The A.G.M. is a short business meeting followed by a members exhibits and gossip meeting and demonstrations. All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
    • PoP

 

 

2009-2010 (130th Season)

  • 2009
  • September 17
    • No Meeting
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  • October 15
    • Open Meeting: Theme - Microscopes
    • Meeting devoted to members and guests exhibits, offers, sales.
    • Members & Guests
    • PoP
  • November 19
    • Thomas Brittain
    • See, touch and hear about the microscope, slides and microfungi belonging to the 3rd president of the MMS (1882).
    • Sue McLamb, Dave Place, Mike Walton
    • PoP
  • 2010
    • January 21
    • Beginners Digital Microscopy
    • From equipment, setup, adjustment to picture editing and presentation.
    • Derek Haworth & Graham Marsh
    • PoP
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  • February 18
    • Beginning Microscopy & Histology
    • Opportunity for members to be a first year medical student for an hour and re-enact their first practical introduction to the microscope, stained slides and tissues of the human body.
    • Mike Mahon
  • March 18
    • 130th Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • The A.G.M. is a short business meeting followed by a members exhibits and gossip meeting and demonstrations. All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests

 

  • April 15
    • Bees, Honey, Pollen
    • Explore the many bees in your garden and the nectar and pollen they collect. The talk will be of interest to young persons, members and families.

John Charlton

 

2008-2009

  • 2008
  • September 18
    • Moths under the Microscope
    • Talk from an expert on how to study, identify and photograph these creatures
    • Shane Farrell, Macro-Moth Recorder, Cheshire County Moth Officer, Butterfly Conservation, Cheshire & Peak District Branch
    • + Open Meeting for Members & Guests Exhibits (8.30-9pm)
  • October 16
    • Digitising the MMS Slide Collection (7-8pm)
    • Hayley Derricott, Prosector, Keele University
    • + Open Meeting for Members & Guests Exhibits (8-9pm)
  • November 25  (Tuesday Date at Jodrell Bank Observatory Visitors Centre) Directions
    • Astronomy & Microscopy for Beginners
    • Joint meeting with Maccastro (Bring a microscope & show it off!)
    • Members
  • 2009
  • January 22
    • Looking at Hearing!
    • How microscopes help us to see how our inner ears work - talk from one of the world's leading authorities on the subject..
    • Dave Furness, Keele University
  • February 19
    • Bioimaging
    • A guided tour of a state of the art Bioimaging Facility
    • Peter March & Colleagues, Manchester University Bioimaging Facility
  • March 19
    • Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting 7.00-7.45pm
    • Demonstration - Preparing Diatoms 7.45-8.30pm Derek Haworth
    • Annual General Meeting 8.30-9.00pm
    • Members & Guests
  • April 23
    • Life & Death in Freshwater
    • What can we see here - with or without a lens?.
    • John Hobson, Otley, Leeds

2007-2008

  • 2007
  • September 20
    • Open Meeting - MICROSCOPIC ACCESSORIES THEME
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on any microscopical accessory topic. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, pictures, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 18
    • Electron Microscope Unit Talk & Tour
    • A tour of Manchester University's Life Sciences EM Unit.
    • Les Lockey & Alex Mironov, Manchester University
  • November 15
    • Medical Microbiology
    • A look at the bugs which give you diarrhoea!
    • Jens Wurthner, AstraZeneca
  • 2008
  • January 17
    • Specimen Preparation
    • Another opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade.
    • MMS Members & Colleagues
  • February 14
    • No Meeting
  • March 13
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
      plus
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 15th (Note NEW Tuesday date)
    • Museum Microscopes
    • Microscopes at the Manchester Museum.
    • Paul Dearden, Manchester Museum of Science & Industry

  • 2006
  • September 21
    • Open Meeting - EQUIPMENT THEME
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on any microscopical or equipment topic. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 19
    • A Microscopical Tour of the Human Gut
    • What's it like inside our insides!
    • Mike Mahon
  • November 16
    • Advanced Microscopy Imaging in Practice
    • How advanced microscopy and imaging facilities contribute to cancer research from the head of the unit in Manchester
    • Steve Bagley, Paterson Labs
  • 2007
  • January 18
    • Specimen Preparation
    • Another opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade.
    • MMS Colleagues
  • February 22
    • Electron Microscope Unit Visit
    • A tour of Manchester University's Life Sciences EM Unit.
    • Les Lockey, Manchester University
  • March 22
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 26th
    • The Country Diary of a Manchester Lady - Naturalist Bessie Harthan 1905-2002
    • Hear about the life and times of a former prominent MMS member.
    • Margaret McCormick

2005-2006        Meeting Pictures

     2005

  • September 22
    • Open Meeting - IMAGES THEME
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on any microscopical topic but esopecially relating to images or imaging. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 20
    • Fossils
    • An illustrated talk on some of our ancestors.
    • Philip Manning (Curator, Manchester Museum)
  • November 24
    • Slide Collection
    • A chance to view some of the amazing MMS slide archive and have a go at producing digital images.
    • John Charlton (MMS Slide Curator) & colleagues
    • PoP

     2006

  • January 19
    • Specimen Preparation
    • A hands on opportunity to learn how to do mounting, ringing and pollen preparations.
    • Derek Haworth & Colleagues
    • PoP
  • February 23
    • Antique Telescopes
    • From viewing the very small to the very large and distant.
    • Tom Moon
    • PoP
  • March 23
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
    • PoP

Sat 25th March 11.00 a.m.

o        Visit to the Liverpool World Museum (click here for more details)

o        to see the artefacts of the now deceased Liverpool Microscopical Society

o        click here for map of Liverpool showing museums

o        David Rome

o        PoP

  • April 20th or 27th
    • Challenging Finds
    • A unique opportunity to learn about the immense variety of material unearthed by the Challenger Expedition.
    • Henriy McGhie (Curator, Manchester Museum)
    • PoP

2004-2005

  • September 23
    • Open Meeting / Slides Evening
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on any microscopical topic. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 21
    • Staining & Slide Peparation
    • By popular request from the members two key areas of microtechnique are covered in this 'How to do it' presentation.
    • Colin Kirk
  • November 25
    • Diatom Preparation & Dry Mounting
    • Two more key preparation methods are explained and demonstrated by tonight's duo.
    • Steve & Derek
  • 2005
  • January 20
    • Time-Lapse Cine, Video & Digital Microscopy
    • A night at the movies! How did it begin and what are the tricks of the trade?
    • Dr Grenham Ireland
  • February 17
    • Back to Basics 2
    • Setting up the microscope for different specimen types. When to use dark ground, polarising, phase contrast, or reflection microscopy.
    • Mike Mahon
  • March 17
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 21
    • Fossils
    • Illustrated talk on microscopy & natural history.      
    • Curator, Manchester Museum
    • TALK POSTPONED - replaced by Microscopy quiz

 


2003-2004

  • September 11
    • Open Meeting / Slides Evening
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on any microscopical topic. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 16
    • Imaging Solutions
    • An update on commercial hardware and software available to solve a whole range of imaging problems. Link
    • Ian Corless
  • November 13
    • Back to Basics
    • Setting up the microscope for Kohler illumination, calibrating resolution, choosing magnification, and making simple measurements.
    • Mike Mahon
  • 2004
  • January 15
    • My Microscopical Life!
    • Applications of the electron microscope - a lifetime's experiences.
    • Dr Max Lawton
  • February 19
    • Microscopy without Light
    • Touching cells with a sharp point!
    • Dr Lindsay Bashford
  • March 18
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 22
    • Foraging behaviour of slugs and snails
    • Illustrated talk on our crawling cousins, with applications to slug control and snail farming.
    • Dr Bill Bailey

 


2002-2003

  • September 26
    • Open Meeting / Slides Evening
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on the theme of mystery slides. Also feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues. Jenny Brettell will outline the digitisation of the slide collection. The meeting will begin with a brief resume from the Society's new President.
    • Members
  • October 24
    • Phase Contrast Microscopy
    • A talk and demonstration wth user participation of pahse contrast in action.
    • Mike Mahon
  • November 21
    • Local science in the spotlight: the new science gallery at the Museum of Sceince and Industry in Manchester
    • Hear about the latest exhibition - including manchester microscopists from the Curator of Science at the museum.
    • Dr Jenny Wetton
  • 2003
  • January 23
    • From One to a Thousand
    • From macrophotography to photomicrography: a practical approach to close-up photography using a Single Lens Reflex camera and as little non-specialist equipment as possible.
    • Dr Sean Edwards
  • February 20
    • Antique Microscopes   (View Talk)
      slides 31-33,38,44 have been reduced in quality to increase download speed
    • All you need to know about the early microscopists equipment.
    • Mr Graham Marsh
  • March 20
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 24  (Moved to May 1st)
    • History of British Mammals
    • Illustrated talk on British fauna from a world expert in the field.
    • Dr Derek Yalden

2001-2002 Season

  • September 20
    • Open Meeting / Slides Evening
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on the theme of microscope slides. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 18
    • Turkeys under the Microscope
    • A research talk showing how the microscope and quantitative histological and histochemical methods can be used to analyse your Christmas dinner!
    • Mr Mike Mahon
  • November 15
    • Digital Photography & Digital Photomicroscopy
    • How to get the best out of your images whether for prints or for the web. Plus practical workshop session - bring your images, specimens or photographs.
    • Mr Ian Miller
  • 2002
  • January 17
    • Advanced Microscopical Imaging
    • How time lapse video and image enhancement methods can show us more about cell behaviour.
    • Dr Viki Allan
  • February 14
    • Rocks under the Lens
    • How we can identify rocks from thin sections.
    • Mr Martin Elsworth
  • March 14
    • Annual General Meeting & Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
    • Members & Guests
  • April 18
    • Microscopy, Taxonomy & Natural History of Land Flatworms
    • Illustrated talk on these ubiquitous creatures.
    • Dr Hugh Jones

2000-2001 Season

  • September 21st
    • Open Meeting / Dancer Evening
    • Short talks and exhibits from members on the theme of JB Dancer. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 19th
    • Diagnostic Electron Microscopy
    • A multitude of microscopical experiences from the central reference pathology laboratory !
    • Dr Alan Currie
  • November 16th
    • Measuring Microscopical Objects
    • How to measure sizes, surfaces, volumes, lengths, numbers, shapes and patterns of microscopical objects. Bring along your specimens and micrographs to this hands-on workshop.
    • Mr Mike Mahon
  • 2000
  • January 18th
    • Bacteria and Dental Plaque under the Microscope
    • Or 'Bacteria: What makes them stick?' - a microbiologist's view of oral biofilms - alias Dental Plaque.
    • Dr Pauline Handley
  • February 15th
    • Microtechnique Discussed
    • Tissue processing, wax embedding, section cutting, histological staining, and slide mounts - what everyone needs to know.
    • Several contributors
  • March 15th
    • Annual General Meeting &
    • Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
  • April 19th
    • A Pest in Need of Control
    • Illustrated talk on a lifetime of researches on the Mediterranean Fruit Fly or medfly.
    • Dr Roger Wood

1999-2000 Season

  • 1999
  • September 16th
    • Open Meeting
    • Short talks and exhibits from members. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 21st
    • Experiences of an Ageing Microscopist
    • What happens to our bodies when we age. Hear how the microscope has contributed to our understanding of bodily changes.
    • Dr Ioan Davies
  • November 18th
    • Microscopy of Freshwater Algae
    • See stunning scanning electron microscopy images and hear how modern microscopy and x-ray microanalysis have helped us understand some of the earliest freshwater organisms to inhabit the Earth.
    • Dr Dave Sigee
  • 2000
  • January 20th
    • Hands-On Microscopy
    • An opportunity to hear about the workings of and gain hands-on experience of modern microscopes including dark ground, polarising, phase contrast, interference, confocal and fluorescence.
    • Mr Mike Mahon & Dr Grenham Ireland
  • February 17th
    • 120th Anniversary Lecture & Exhibition
    • Recreating the Origins of Modern Biology.
    • See and hear about the beginnings of microscopy, the power of the simple lens, and the origins of modern biology, from the famous author, biologist, science reviewer, lecturer and broadcaster. Also - trade and book exhibition.
    • Brian J Ford
  • March 16th
    • Annual General Meeting &
    • Member's Exhibits & Gossip Meeting
    • All exhibits welcome
  • April 20th
    • Honey Bees
    • Illustrated talk and ‘Honey Tasting’. Bring your family and friends for this entertaining evening.
    • John Charlton & Frank Coaker

1998-1999 Season

  • 1998
  • September 17th
    • Open Meeting
    • Short talks and exhibits from members. Feel free to bring along demonstrations, slides, books etc. and explain them to colleagues.
    • Members
  • October 15th*
    • Microscopy & Natural History on the Internet - Revisited.
    • Hands on experience of the World Wide Web. Come and visit our new state of the art 120 PC multimedia computer laboratory and surf the spectrum.
    • Mr Mike Mahon
  • November 19th
    • How is the microscope image formed?
    • A live television demonstration of Ernst Abbe's famous experiments from an Honorary Secretary of the Royal Microscopical Society and key member of the Leeds Microscopical Society.
    • Dr Peter Evennett
  • 1999
  • January 14th
    • Microscopy of trace metals in humans, fish, and moss!
    • Have you got too much aluminium in your bones? How do we find out? Hear what a Manchester Research Pathologist has to say!
    • Mr John Denton
  • February 18th
    • The Secret World of Ferns
    • See the microscopic structures that allow ferns to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and watch them mate. A slide and video show!
    • Dr Elizabeth Sheffield