Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society


Welcome to the Society's Web site.

The Society was founded 140 years ago to provide for the pursuits of those interested in microscopy and natural history. Today it has around 100 members and provides meetings where talks are given by amateurs or professionals and members can provide exhibits, exchange gossip, just keep in touch, use the library or buy small goods. Sometimes we also have a microscope auction of donated microscopes old and new. We have also produced since 1985 a 4 times yearly Newsletter (Micro Miscellanea), the occasional book or booklet on hints and tips or items of local historical interest, and this Internet site with useful links, images and information about one of our famous founders, the microscope maker, microphotographer and inventor John Benjamin Dancer.

New members are always welcome, to attend meetings, contribute to the Society or just to be kept informed of what's going on. You need no prior knowledge of the subjects, just an interest in Microscopy or Natural History.

Most evening meetings take place at Manchester University Medical School, Oxford Road, Manchester - as does the annual all day event in summer. Occasionally we foray further afield, for example to a Science Festival in Preston or a brewery in Wigan - or even New York via Zoom!

It is our purpose "not to teach microscopical science but to excite the curiosity of those who have no knowledge of it, and are unaware of the pleasure it affords"
Bullar, 1863

Page Last Updated - 8 April 2021 (MM)