Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

President
Mike Gibson
Secretary
CT Sampson

Previous meetings

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Section
Date
Where*
Details
Saturday Walks
Sat, 09 Dec 2017, 12:44
Out
weedon
Weedon has been selected for today’s winter walk. Meet for bus SC D1 at 12.44pm. Drinks available in the village.
Botany
Thu, 07 Dec 2017, 14:30
HR
president’s afternoon
Patrick Rawlinson will give us an illustrated talk on a subject close to his heart.
Photography
Wed, 06 Dec 2017, 20:00
HR
underwood cup
A competition for members to submit pictorial images on any subject. Up to three projected images allowed per member per round. Round 2 of 3
Meteorology
Wed, 06 Dec 2017, 14:00
HR
earth, wind and fire: the interaction of ecosystems on weather and climate.
We will be joining the Royal Meteorological Society on-line for a meeting from Imperial College London. It has been known for decades that ecosystem processes influence the carbon and water cycle, with impacts on climate change prediction. However, there is increasing evidence that these same ecosystem processes can affect the evolution of the weather from days to weeks. Understanding the impacts on the short-time scale can also inform long-time scale response. We look to bring together our understanding of how the land interacts with weather and climate.
Microscopy
Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 19:30
HR
herbs & spices (1)
by Mike Asquith. An introduction with some prepared samples/slides. This meeting will concentrate mainly on culinary herbs in their many forms and varieties
Special events
Mon, 04 Dec 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 6th November
Saturday Walks
Sat, 02 Dec 2017, 12:50
Out
all saints church at earls barton
This is the time of year All Saints Church at Earls Barton is decorated for Christmas. Meet for bus X4 at 12.50pm. Refreshments available
Meteorology
Sat, 02 Dec 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorology
General meeting to discuss recent weather events and look at what we would like to see out of the Wild Side project.
Special events
Fri, 01 Dec 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
See 3rd November entry for meeting details.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Photography
Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject competition
A themed competition for up to three digital and/or print images per round. The subject for this round is ‘Old and the New’ Round 2 of 4
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
zooniverse
by Dr Grant Miller, project manager and communications lead for Zooniverse. Zooniverse is basically 'people powered research'. Anyone who has contributed to exoplanet discoveries through this scheme will be familiar with its aims, which are to tap crowd contributions on projects where the amount of data is too vast or too difficult for computer based analysis. Dr Miller is a former exoplanet scientist and responsible for organising the interests of Zooniverse volunteers, the social media side of Zooniverse and publishes the daily Zooniverse's blog.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 25 Nov 2017, 13:19
Out
duston
We will try out a different route in Duston this Saturday. Meet for bus SC 9A at 1.19pm. Perhaps a new place for a drink too!
Special events
Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
amphibians and reptiles in northamptonshire
Although there aren’t many species of reptiles and amphibians in Britain, Northamptonshire has most of them! Brian Laney, county recorder for this group, will give us a fascinating introduction to this group, their ecology and how to find them. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
microscope photography
by Mike Gibson. Mike takes some amazing photos through the microscope, some of which have won competitions. Tonight he takes us on a microscope magical mystery tour, and lets us into some of the secrets.
Microscopy
Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
micro-organisms in your food – (2)
by Mike Asquith. The meeting is led by a very experienced professional from the food industry. A practical session, where you may bring your own samples to study under the microscope. We will make slides from the samples to show different staining and mounting techniques.
Special events
Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 6th November.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 13:09
Out
weston favell village to abington park
Walk from Weston Favell Village to Abington Park today. Meet for bus SC 1 at 1.09pm. Refreshments available.
Meteorology
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, --:--
Out
rainbows and weather machines at tate britain
An outing to Tate Britain to a Saturday meeting organised by the Royal Meteorological Society and Tate Britain. The meeting takes Constable's rainbow as the starting point and then examines the role of the rainbow in art and poetry as well as looking at the latest rainbow science. Meet at the railway station at a time to be agreed. Although there is no entrance fee for this meeting advanced registration is required. More details on the notice board in the Humfrey Rooms or contact Mike Longman.
Geology
Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
bedfordshire’s geology
An Introduction to Bedfordshire’s Geology, a view from across the county boundary by Bev Fowlston MSc from the Bedfordshire Geology Group with examples of rocks and fossils making up the Bedfordshire landscape, bringing that landscape to life.
Photography
Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 19:30
Out
badby challenge cup
The annual competition between nine local camera clubs. An occasion to enjoy other club’s work and to discover how well our photographers measure up against them. Hosted by Badby at Badby Village Hall
Meteorology
Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 14:00
HR
maritime meteorology
Today we will be joining the Royal Meteorological Society on-line for a meeting from Trinity House. Weather information for the marine environment is used for a very diverse range of activities. A variety of presentations, from providers and users of weather information. The topics addressed will include weather forecasting, calculation of met ocean design criteria and the requirements of legal and insurance professionals.
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
Visitors and guests welcome. A meeting of member contributions on various astronomy themes. Your chance to show the section observations you have made, equipment you are using or anything else that has interested you enough to share it with the section. If you have a special interest and would like to participate as a speaker please let the secretary know beforehand.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 11:49
Out
olney
We never tire of visiting Olney! Meet for bus SC 41 at 11.49am. The town offers a choice of venues for lunch.
Astronomy
Sat, 11 Nov 2017, --:--
HR
60th anniversary of the nnhs astronomy section
An all day meeting at our rooms. Full programme will be released by our President Nick Hewitt nearer the time.
General
Thu, 09 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
intriguing glimpses from the 1940s
some nostalgic documentary footage of the Ayrshire countryside, Cambridge University and Kew Gardens.
Photography
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
cornwall cup
A competition for members to submit natural history photos, as per PAGB rules. Up to three projected images per member per round. 1 of 3
Archaeology & History
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
northamptonshire
A fresh look at a collection of films about our county, including a famous film made by Anglia television at the time of the development of the new town.
Special events
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Photography
Tue, 07 Nov 2017, 20:00
Out
three way challenge
The annual competition between Northampton C.C., Duston C.C., and ourselves. This year hosted by Duston CC at Duston Community Centre.
Microscopy
Tue, 07 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
micro-organisms in your food – (1)
by Mike Asquith. The meeting is led by a very experienced professional from the food industry. An introduction to the rôle of bacteria and fungi in specialist foods, along with some edible examples.
Special events
Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
We meet fortnightly to work on the Society’s Collections, cleaning and sorting them and making databases to facilitate use of them. No previous experience is needed, all are welcome. Have real “hands-on” pleasure with some fascinating objects.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 04 Nov 2017, 13:02
Out
nether heyford
We start the month with a trip to Nether Heyford. Meet for bus SC D3 at 1.02pm. Drinks at the local hostelry
Special events
Sat, 04 Nov 2017, --:--
Out
collectors day. abington park museum
We have a stand at this event displaying some of the Society’s Collections
Special events
Fri, 03 Nov 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Botany
Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
abnormal plants; plant teratology
Seán Karley covers some weird abnormalities which occur in plants.
Photography
Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
post shutter processing (1)
The first of two workshops by Dave Belton to demonstrate some more ‘Photoshop’ digital processing techniques. This week to include Stacking and Stitching. We will also use the evening to choose photos for the upcoming external photo competitions. Members are welcome to bring along for consideration any photos not yet entered in a competition.
Astronomy
Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
meteorites
by Dr Vic Pearson of the Open University. The section welcomes back Dr Pearson for a talk on these sometimes spectacular visitors from our solar system.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 28 Oct 2017, 13:36
Out
hardingstone
Today’s choice for a walk is the village of Hardingstone. Meet for bus SC 7 at 1.36pm. Drinks available locally.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Photography
Wed, 25 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
print competitions
Up to three entries per member per round for each of the four competitions. Monochrome General, Monochrome Portrait (Vic Seaton Cup), Colour Print (Jubilee Cup), Digital Art. Round 1 of 3
Special events
Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
secret world
Lowland England’s lichen communities are barely recognisable from the situation that existed a few decades ago. Almost every outing results in new county records. Lichens are misunderstood and under-recorded but beautiful and endlessly fascinating. Mark Powell of the British Lichen Society invites you to explore their surprising world. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Special events
Mon, 23 Oct 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
see 11th September
Botany
Sun, 22 Oct 2017, 11:00
Out
fungus foray and gall gallop
Old Sulehay Forest & Ring Haw Nature Reserve. Grid Ref. (Meeting place.) TL (52) 05.4 98.0 Directions:- From Wansford take road to Yarwell. On reaching cross roads at the village of Yarwell turn onto the Sulehay Road. Drive west for 1.2 Km/ ¾ mile. Where road takes a right-angle turn to the North there is a gate on the left. We have permission to drive through this and park in the Ring Haw part of the reserve. Gate is locked at other times, so please arrive early! Meet at 11.00am. Parking outside the reserve is limited. No facilities; bring lunch, wellies etc. Leaders Roger Warren and Seán Karley 01933-225397
Saturday Walks
Sat, 21 Oct 2017, 10:49
Out
bedford
We return to Bedford – perhaps to walk in the town’s park this time. Meet for SC 41 at 10.49am. Refreshments obtainable in the town
Special events
Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
the 2017 humfrey lecture: the odyssey of tommy atkins
by Andy Lound. We welcome back the very popular Andy Lound, this time with a historical presentation / performance. The story of the Great War as told through the eyes of a generic British soldier, Tommy Atkins, told in a series of letters and diary entries to his wife Alice. Highly recommended
Geology
Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
scratch, fizz and streak
Minerals are the building blocks on which geology is built. Bob Purser will lead a practical introduction to mineral identification, using examples from our extensive mineral collection. No previous experience necessary. Bring a 10x lens if you can.
Photography
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
judges – love ‘em or hate ‘em?
by Trevor Rudkin. One of our regular judges, Trevor will give members an insight into the parameters he uses when judging photo competitions. Followed with an interactive session where volunteers can have a go at judging his photos, or members can bring along a photo they would like comment on.
Microscopy
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
macro and micro fungi
by Mike Gibson and John Houghton. An introduction to these unique organisms followed by a practical session looking at samples under the microscope. Bring your own fungi if you can, or we can supply a selection on the night.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 13:30
Out
lings wood
The trees in and around Lings Wood should be in their autumn colours, meet for bus SC 2 at 1.30pm. Tea at Weston Favell Centre.
General
Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
geoff stone nature photography
Some short audio visual presentations by wildlife and landscape photographer Geoff Stone on a selection of varied and diverse natural history themes.
Photography
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
mcpf portfolio of prints and digital images
An informative evening viewing the award winning prints and digital images, with judges’ comments, from the Midland Counties Photographic Federation’s 2016 Photofolio competition.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
eastbourne and london
Due to the success of the last slide show; now a trip to Eastbourne and London will be on show, by Richard Young.
Special events
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
See the 13th September entry for meeting details.
Astronomy
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics evening
An evening of member contributions. Including what’s on the meridian at 9 pm this evening? In September the sky really starts to get darker earlier, just what we have been waiting for all summer long! Please let the secretary know if there is something you would like to present to our section. Guests are welcome as usual.
Special events
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 11th September.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 10:20
Out
rothwell
Rothwell is a very interesting place to visit. Meet for bus SC X4 at 10.20am. Various venues on offer for refreshments.
Special events
Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
2.00 – 4.30pm WILDside Identification Surgery – Please see the 7th September entry for full meeting details.
Botany
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
what we saw this year
Members and guests are invited to bring photos, specimens, or stories relating to things they have seen during the last twelve months, and to talk about our future programme.
Photography
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
studio lighting
by James Rudd. James will bring along some of his studio equipment for use in a hands-on workshop night. After a short talk he will then be on hand to give practical help and advice with our studio lighting.
Microscopy
Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
rheinberg illumination
by Mike Gibson and Mike Asquith. – Bring some colour into your microscopic world. With the aid of these very cheap and simple optical staining techniques which can be used with most microscopes. Bring your own sweet wrappers!
Saturday Walks
Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 13:39
Out
harlestone firs
An autumn walk in Harlestone Firs brings this month’s programme to a close. Meet bus SC 96 at 1.39pm. Tea at Garden Centre.
Special events
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
the wonder of wetlands
The Freshwater Habitat Trust’s Peter Case will explain what makes wetlands – and especially ponds- so wonderful, what puts them at threat and how the survey work by PondNet volunteers across the UK, not least in Northants and the East Midlands, will help make a positive difference. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Photography
Wed, 27 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
underwood cup
A competition for members to submit pictorial images on any subject. Up to three projected images allowed per member per round. Round 1 of 3
Astronomy
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics evening
An evening of member contributions. Please let the secretary know if there is something you would like to present to our section. We will hopefully have lots of images from the USA of the total eclipse from Jackson Wyoming, and a few images of Perseids.
Special events
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
see 11th September
Saturday Walks
Sat, 23 Sep 2017, 13:36
Out
delapre
It is time we returned to Delapre now that the site has reopened. Meet for bus SC 7 at 1.36pm. We can also sample the new café.
Geology
Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 09:30
Out
visit to oxford museum of natural history
Visit To Oxford Museum Of Natural History to see geological exhibits from Northamptonshire including William Smith’s unfinished geological map of Northamptonshire. We will be leaving from the Humfrey Rooms at 9.30am. Please sign the list in the Rooms by 14th September or contact Bob Purser 01604 785836, purser.bob@btinternet.com
Photography
Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
photo mounting, plus adventures in audio visuals
by Steve Dormer. A two part evening. The first is the postponed demonstration by Steve of how to cut your own photo mounts. For the second part Steve will speak about his recent interest in making Audio visual presentations, and then demonstrate some of his results.
Microscopy
Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
mosses and lichens
by Mike Gibson and Russ Sharp. A short presentation, followed by a practical session when we can bring our own samples and/or examine specimens from the society’s extensive collection under the microscope.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 16 Sep 2017, 11:21
Out
marina at market harborough
An all-time favourite is the Marina at Market Harborough. Meet for bus SC X7 at 11.21am. Lunch is available in the town or take a picnic.
General
Thu, 14 Sep 2017, 14:30
HR
euston to northampton
The journey as seen from the train drivers cab - with commentary and points of interest along the way by section president and rail enthusiast Patrick Rawlinson
Photography
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject competition
A themed competition for up to three digital and/or print images per round. This round is ‘Digital Art’, so it’s an opportunity for members to demonstrate their skills in artistic post-shutter processing. Round 1 of 4
Archaeology & History
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 14:30
HR
cromer and north norfolk
Trip around Cromer and North Norfolk by Cyril Sampson, and also the forties weekend in Sherringham.
Special events
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Astronomy
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
cold dark matter
by Dr Julian Onions of Nottingham University. A welcome return to the NNHS of this popular lecturer. Cold dark matter - is it cold, is it dark and is it matter? We hear a lot about dark matter in astronomy. Some people consider it a fudge. In this talk we'll go through the evidence for dark matter and the history of it, and answer the questions in the title. No particular prior knowledge is assumed.
Special events
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
We meet fortnightly to work on the Society’s Collections, cleaning and sorting them and making databases to facilitate their use. No previous experience is needed, all are welcome. Come & have real “hands-on” pleasure with some fascinating objects.
Botany
Sun, 10 Sep 2017, 11:00
Out
swaddywell pit nature reserve
walk at Swaddywell Pit Nature Reserve. On the minor road from Ufford to Marholm, just after the crossroads for Helpston, on the left; signed. This site is owned and managed by the Langdyke Countryside Trust. It is in the Parish of Helpstone, in the Soke of Peterborough. Made famous by John Clare in his poetry it has had a chequered history since then. The habitats are varied with some interesting plants. The best of these is perhaps a recent arrival; the rare Autumn Ladies’ Tresses Orchid (Spiranthes spiralis) last year, and should be in flower for us. Meet at 11.00am. A full day meeting, no on site facilities; bring a nose-bag. The leaders for the day are Seán Karley 01933-225397 & Roger Warren.
Microscopy
Sun, 10 Sep 2017, 10:00
HR
fluorescence microscopy
Sunday 10am to 4.00pm Fluorescence Microscopy Workshop – a one day joint meeting with the Quekett Microscopical Club. Guest speakers and presenters. Limited places available. You must book a place at the event by contacting Mike Gibson on stmarysmrg@yahoo.com
Saturday Walks
Sat, 09 Sep 2017, 11:21
Out
brixworth country park
Brixworth Country Park will be today’s venue. Take a picnic or use the park’s Café. Meet for bus SC X7 at 11.21am.
Special events
Fri, 08 Sep 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, from June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
member's own
An evening for members to show off their photos taken during the summer break. Maybe some from Photo Section’s impromptu photographic nights, photos taken on holiday, or any other photos members would like to share with the group.
Microscopy
Tue, 05 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
visual illusions close-up
by Mike Gibson. The world is not always as it seems and this also applies to what we see when looking through a microscope.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 02 Sep 2017, 12:49
Out
yardley hastings
We have chosen to repeat last year’s enjoyable visit to Yardley Hastings at the time of the annual fete. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Refreshments at the Village Hall.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Photography
Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 10:21
Out
leicester botanic garden
Leicester Botanic Garden is today’s ‘off-road location! Meet for bus SC X7 at10.21am. The café on site should be open and picnics may be allowed in the garden.
Special events
Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
wildside: the story so far…. and what’s to come.
[A WILDside presentation] Ryan Clark, who is the WILDside Project Manager will be talking about the first few months of this interesting and much-needed initiative; how the various elements are working so far and the opportunities for each of us to get involved in different ways. He promises lots of pictures and examples involving lots of the early participants. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 11:25
Out
irchester country park
Irchester Country Park provides several routes to follow. Meet for bus SC X47 at 11.25am. Picnic or use the park café.
Photography
Wed, 16 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Microscopy
Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
practical slide staining
by Mike Asquith. This will be an excellent chance to experiment and get ‘up-close and dirty’ with different types of stain. It will certainly be an interesting, and perhaps a very colourful evening.
Astronomy
Mon, 14 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
A special Telescopic Topics since all of our main contributors are away chasing some solar eclipse in the USA! So it really is a members' evening where short, or long, contributions are invited on any vaguely astronomical topics. We will have a presentation of the night sky in August. There's plenty to be seen, so you'll have no excuse not to get the binoculars and telescopes out as the days grow shorter. Guests very welcome. An account of the Perseids seen at the section outing on the 12th.
Astronomy
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 19:30
Out
the perseids
It's time for our annual pilgrimage to view the Perseid meteor shower as near to the peak as possible. Unfortunately the Moon will be up around the peak making faint meteors hard to see. On the positive side, Saturn is to the south early in the evening and there may be a chance to catch a setting Jupiter too! The venue will be announced at a later date and a clear night would be welcome. Keep watching @NorthantsAstro and https://www.facebook.com/nnhsastro for details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 11:19
Out
towcester
We are spoilt for choice with our trip to Towcester today! We can walk through the water meadows or beside Silverstone Brook and look in at the Flower Festival in the Church. The Blisworth Canal Festival will also be taking place for those who want to stop off there. Meet for bus SC 88 at 11.19am. Food and drinks on offer at either venue or take a picnic.
General
Thu, 10 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
rosslyn chapel
The history and restoration of mysterious and magical Rosslyn Chapel. The ornate stonework carvings have been the source of many intriguing theories, myths and legends.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
south east england
Our journey around the coast of the united kingdom comes to an end at the white cliffs of Dover.
Special events
Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Meteorology
Sat, 05 Aug 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorology
Meteorology, a meeting for all interested in weather. Summer fun. We will undertake some field work, cloud identification and weather observation using our senses, portable instruments and the instruments at the Humfrey Rooms. Then look at these observations in context with the overall weather pattern and try our hand at drawing a weather chart and making a forecast.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 05 Aug 2017, 10:39
Out
crick
The village of Crick is an established favourite venue, where we can walk beside the canal and across the fields. Food and drinks obtainable nearby. Meet for bus SC 96 at 10.39am.
Special events
Fri, 04 Aug 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, from June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 02 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Microscopy
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
staining, an introduction
by Mike Asquith. One way of highlighting the different structures of a sample is by means of staining. Mike gives an introduction to some of the theory of staining with demonstrations.
Astronomy
Mon, 31 Jul 2017, --:--
Out
astronomy section summer social
It's time for this year's summer social. A chance to catch up with other members over food and drink. The time and venue will be announced in due course. Booking will be required, but all are welcome.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 29 Jul 2017, 12:49
Out
turvey
The field route behind the Abbey at Turvey has proved to be a popular walk. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. The local Inns provide drinks.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 27 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 22 Jul 2017, 10:55
Out
wellingborough embankment
A walk along Wellingborough Embankment is this week’s choice. Meet for bus SC X46 at 10.55am. Refreshments after the walk.
Special events
Thu, 20 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
grasslands in northamptonshire
A historic and dynamic habitat [A WILDside presentation] Matt Johnson (WTBCN Living Landscapes Manager) is ideally placed to take us on a virtual tour of the county’s varied grassland habitats, their histories, features of importance and their future conservation on nature reserves and by  private and public landowners. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Microscopy
Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
diatoms (part ii)
by Mike Gibson. In this session we show you how to prepare and make permanent slides of these beautiful plant life forms. Also how to adjust your microscope for the best lighting and contrast.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 15 Jul 2017, 11:20
Out
old
A new area for us to visit is the village of Old. Meet for bus SC 10 at 11.20am. Drinks and snacks available at Old.
General
Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
amy, wonderful amy
Postponed from January - an audio-visual presentation by Roy Smart on the remarkable story of popular aviation pioneer Amy Johnson - describing the triumphs and disasters of her aviation career - and her mysterious disappearance while on air force duty during the war.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
eastern england
The English coast south of Robin hoods bay including a visit to Butlins.
Special events
Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Astronomy
Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. At past meetings we've enjoyed presentations on topics from astrophotography to cosmology. We'll also offer some topical observing inspiration for you, despite the long days and short nights! Guests are very welcome. If you've got any questions come along and ask them.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 08 Jul 2017, 12:49
Out
cold brayfield to newton blossomville
is an ideal spot for a summer walk. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Drinks available.
Special events
Fri, 07 Jul 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, from June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 05 Jul 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Microscopy
Tue, 04 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
diatoms (part i) – an introduction
by Mike Gibson. If you’ve never seen these beautiful plant life forms now’s the chance to find out more. A unique feature of diatoms is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica and called a frustule, which show a wide diversity in form, but are usually almost bilaterally symmetrical - hence the group name. Learn how to view clearly these often difficult subjects under the microscope.
Meteorology
Sat, 01 Jul 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorology, a meeting for all interested in weather. summer fun.
We will undertake some field work, cloud identification and weather observation using our senses, portable instruments and the instruments at the Humfrey Rooms. Then look at these observations in context with the overall weather pattern and try our hand at drawing a weather chart and making a forecast.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 01 Jul 2017, 10:51
Out
foxton locks
We travel over the border into the county of Leicestershire to Foxton Locks today. Meet for bus SC X7 at 10.51am. Take a picnic or use the facilities at the canalside.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 29 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Astronomy
Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Microscopy
Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 10:00
HR
the annual exhibition of microscopy
Including sales, exhibits, talks and Photo competition: This is another opportunity to meet with fellow microscopists and enthusiasts from around the country and also to see what’s on offer in the way of sales items. Why not bring along an exhibit of your own? Sales and exhibits in the morning and lectures in the afternoon. Please contact Mike Gibson for further information.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 24 Jun 2017, 12:49
Out
brafield – on – the – green
Brafield – On – The – Green is a very pretty village for a midsummer stroll. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Refreshments provided after the walk
Photography
Wed, 21 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
monopod competition
A set subject competition for religious subjects from any faith. A competition held in honour of Mrs Humfrey’s interest in church photography. Up to three entries per person, any mix of prints or projected images. Trophy Presentations The evening concludes with the presentation of the annual trophies.
Microscopy
Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
pond life (part i i) - rotifers and other animals
by Mike Gibson. During this session we concentrate on the microscopic animals found in our ponds and puddles including water butts, gutters and even bird baths! Bring your own samples if you can so we may compare what is available from different habitats.
Botany
Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 11:00
Out
a walk at stoke bruerne
Meet in the car-park in the middle of Stoke Bruerne. Post Code NN12 7SQ. Grid Reference:- SP(42)47.5;50.0 We will walk South by the Grand Union Canal (West side) to the Brick Pits Nature Reserve. After visiting this we will continue South and cross the canal near the A508 then return North by the tow path. Pubs etc. in the village. The leaders are Seán Karley. 01933-225397 & Roger Warren.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 17 Jun 2017, 13:14
Out
flore
This week-end is when the Open Gardens and Flower Festival is held at Flore. Meet for bus SC D2 at 1.14pm. Refreshments available in the village.
Geology
Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
fool's gold?
by Sue Barker. An exploration of the role that iron pyrite has played in the evolution of the Earth and its systems and in the development of civilisation. Does this mineral really deserve a name that implies it is intrinsically worthless?
Photography
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
member’s night
A ‘15 minutes of fame’ night for members to fill the evening with anything of their choice, as long as it has a connection to photography.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
north east england
The presenter will explore the Island of Lindisfarne the home of the Lindisfarne.
Special events
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, --:--
HR
open house
See 10th May
Meteorology
Tue, 13 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
a general weather meeting
We will take a look at some short presentations about weather from the Meteorological Office, TEDx and others.
Astronomy
Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
the european extremely large telescope
by Dr. Aprajita Verma. With a mirror 39m across the E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest visible/IR telescopes today allowing us to peer deeper and further than ever before. In this talk, Dr Verma will describe the developments in telescope design that have led up to the forthcoming era of extremely large telescopes, in particular the E-ELT project which UK astronomers are playing a key role, and the ground-breaking science it will produce.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 10 Jun 2017, 11:50
Out
earls barton.
Today we take a look round the new marina at Earls Barton. Meet for bus SC X4 at 11.50am. Take a picnic in case the proposed new café is not yet operational.
General
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
the cutty sark
The remarkable story of one of the last sailing clippers built for the China tea trade. A tale of record-breaking voyages, money, murder, mutiny and sad decline .. with her eventual rediscovery, tragic fire damage and restoration at Greenwich where it can now be seen in its full glory.
Photography
Wed, 07 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject - trophy
The final where the best images from the four preliminary rounds compete for the trophy. Invited Judge. Final Round
Microscopy
Tue, 06 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
pond life (part i), algae including desmids
by Mike Gibson. We shall reveal the structure and forms of these amazing (and surprisingly common) plants. Please bring your own samples if you have them, or we can supply.
Meteorology
Sat, 03 Jun 2017, 11:00
HR
energy from wind and wave power
We will look at the weather over the last month followed by a review of Green Power; Power from Waves, Wind, tides and solar farms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 03 Jun 2017, --:--
Out
cambridge
The famous and attractive city of Cambridge has been chosen for this year's day trip. The fare for members is £12 and £15 for non-members. Pick up times and points will be:- 9.00am from Victoria Street; 9.15am from the Park end of Christchurch Road and 9.45am from Castle Way, Wellingborough, travelling with Collingtree Coaches. Depart from Cambridge at 4.30pm. For further details and to book a place ring 01604 646442.
Photography
Wed, 31 May 2017, 20:00
HR
prints final 2 – vic seaton cup (monochrome portrait), and monochrome general
Another chance to see the winning prints from the 3 preliminary rounds as they compete for the annual trophy. Invited judge. Final Round
Saturday Walks
Sat, 27 May 2017, 11:20
Out
wicksteed park
We make a return visit to Wicksteed Park. Meet for bus SC X4 at 11.20am. Take a picnic or use the park's café.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 25 May 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Photography
Wed, 24 May 2017, 20:00
Out
spring social event. out and about
we will take advantage of the longer evening to go out and take some photos, finishing up at a pub for a convivial nightcap. Members may bring along guests. Look for details and booking instructions on the photo section notice board in the Humfrey Rooms.
Botany
Sun, 21 May 2017, 11:00
Out
bedford purlieus national nature reserve
A walk in Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve. Grid Ref. (Meeting place.) 53(TL)039005. Directions: Meet at Grid Ref. 53(TF)03.9;00.5, on the west side of the wood. Ancient woodland. We hope to see Toothwort here; a rare parasitic flowering plant. Full day meeting, no facilities; bring a nose-bag. The leaders are Seán Karley. 01933-225397 and Roger Warren.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 20 May 2017, 13:20
Out
moulton
Moulton holds its annual Festival today. Meet for bus SC 10 at 1.20pm. Tea and cake after our walk in the local meadow.
Geology
Thu, 18 May 2017, 14:30
Out
the building stones of northampton.
A gentle walk starting at Castilian Terrace visiting the Drapery and Market Square, identifying some of the building stones used over the centuries in Northampton town centre, returning for a cup of tea at the rooms.
Photography
Wed, 17 May 2017, 20:00
HR
prints final 1 – jubilee cup (colour prints) and digital art prints
See the winning prints from the three rounds held during the year as they compete for the annual trophy. Invited Judge. Final Round
Microscopy
Tue, 16 May 2017, 19:30
HR
victorian slides (part ii)
by Tim Newton and Mike Gibson. Another chance to view slides from our own collection and others: Tim will be setting up a couple of microscopes using illumination methods favoured by our Victorian forebears, including the use of a ‘bull's-eye’ lens, to enable us to see the slides as they would have seen them. Then he will show you how to reproduce these effects on more modern microscopes - demonstrating such techniques as dark ground, critical oblique and condenser-less illumination.
Meteorology
Tue, 16 May 2017, 14:30
HR
earths orbit and the causes of the seasons and climate 
It seems quite warm but we are still in an ice age. What is behind the weather and climate? What causes Ice Ages? We will learn about the Earth’s orbit and its effects on the affairs of man and animals. What does the future hold. Plus the following weeks provide a chance to see noctilucent clouds, how to photograph them.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 13 May 2017, 13:02
Out
kislingbury
This week's choice is the village of Kislingbury. Meet for bus SC D3 at 1.02pm. Drinks available after the walk.
Special events
Thu, 11 May 2017, 19:30
HR
the main society a g m
Members welcome.
General
Thu, 11 May 2017, 14:30
HR
the enigma of elgar’s microscope
It is not widely appreciated that the eminent composer Sir Edward Elgar was an amateur scientist and microscopist of some distinction. An illustrated audio-visual presentation by Mike Gibson about the man, his music and his microscopes.
Photography
Wed, 10 May 2017, 20:00
HR
in - house evening.
A two part evening. To compare last week’s safari photos, and for club members to present any photos they would like to share with the group.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 10 May 2017, 14:30
HR
7+1 wonders of the waterways
by Colin Ford. Colin will tell us about some very old, and some relatively new, treasured places on our wonderful waterway system. Among them are the very old Bingley Five Rise locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, and the Millennium project rotating Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.
Special events
Wed, 10 May 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Astronomy
Mon, 08 May 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 06 May 2017, 11:00
Out
spratton
Today we take our first visit to Spratton. Meet at 11.00am for Centrebus No 60. Refreshments obtainable at Spratton.
Meteorology
Sat, 06 May 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorological capabilities of the british antarctic survey
We will be joined by Steve Colwell from British Antarctic Survey who will be telling us about the meteorological capabilities of the British Antarctic Survey and update us with the latest news about the Halley research station. Steve was recently awarded the Polar Medal and hopefully he will be bringing that for us to see as well.
Photography
Wed, 03 May 2017, 20:00
HR
out and about
A fun photographic safari around a prescribed route in Northampton town centre, taking set photos to bring back to the rooms for comparison
Microscopy
Tue, 02 May 2017, 19:30
HR
victorian slides and mounters (part i)
by Tim Newton and Mike Gibson. An introduction to some of the notable microscopists of the Victorian era: There will be a presentation by Tim and Mike and a chance to look at a selection of slides from the Society's collection, augmented by Tim’s entomological collection.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 29 Apr 2017, 13:21
Out
maidwell
April ends with a trip to the village of Maidwell. Meet for bus SC X7 at 1.21pm. Drinks after the walk.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Photography
Wed, 26 Apr 2017, 20:00
HR
cornwall cup final
The final of the Natural History competition for projected images. A chance to see the best images from the three rounds as they compete for the trophy.
Astronomy
Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
medieval astronomy: the not-so-dark ages?
Seb Falk will introduce the methods and instruments of medieval astronomy. Astronomers in medieval universities and monasteries refined ancient theories, developed new ways of calculating and presenting information, and above all invented complex, ingenious instruments like astrolabes. Seb will explain some of these and show that perhaps the Dark Ages were not as dark as often thought.
Special events
Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 13th March for details
Saturday Walks
Sat, 22 Apr 2017, 10:49
Out
emberton country park
Emberton Country Park is today's choice. Meet for bus SC 41 at 11.49am. Picnic if fine or use the café at the park.
Geology
Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
beeby thompson–the overseas years
In this second talk on the life of the Society’s journal editor for 50 years, we will explore Beeby Thompson’s overseas journeys to Argentina, Peru, Jamaica and Trinidad, and the work of his son Arthur.
Photography
Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 20:00
HR
workshop – interpretation of a photo
A chance to put into practice some of the techniques demonstrated in previous workshops. Prior to the meeting members will all be given the same photo(s) to work on at home, then bring them along to compare the changes they made.
Meteorology
Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 14:00
HR
seasonal forecasting for the uk and europe
We will be joining online the Royal Meteorological Society live from the Met Office in Exeter. The meeting will address current research and operational issues around seasonal prediction for the UK and Europe. In recent years significant advances have been made in wintertime seasonal prediction arising through increased understanding of the drivers of predictability and improvements in modelling capability. How can this information be best exploited by end users? Skilful summertime predictions remain more challenging, but our understanding is improving and the latest progress will be reviewed.
Microscopy
Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
plant structure & function – roots
by Mike Asquith. A look at the roots and related underground structures of plants: A brief introduction followed by a look at prepared slides of roots from the society’s collection.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 10:39
Out
long buckby
We visit the village of Long Buckby for Easter Saturday. Meet for bus SC 96 at 10.39am. Refreshments available.
General
Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
railway journeys in the 50s
Nonstop from Kings Cross to Edinburgh by Steam Loco .. Cyclists excursion train from Euston to explore the Northants countryside .. School party train journey to see the sights of London in the 1950s.
Photography
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject competition
A themed competition for up to three images per round. Entries in this round to illustrate ‘Street Photography’ Round 4 of 4
Archaeology & History
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
bournemouth
Pictures from a trip to Bournemouth and the surrounding area by Richard Young.
Special events
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
See the 8th March.
Astronomy
Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Special events
Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 13th March for details
Saturday Walks
Sat, 08 Apr 2017, 10:49
Out
bedford
Bedford offers a variety of routes for today’s walk. Meet for bus SC 41 at 10.49am. There’s a choice of venues for refreshments
Botany
Thu, 06 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
soils
An illustrated talk by Seán Karley. Most plants need to grow in some sort of soil, but because it is mostly underground (!) we can forget how important the soil is
Photography
Wed, 05 Apr 2017, 20:00
HR
photographing people
by James Rudd. James is a local commercial photographer who will talk about the techniques he uses when photographing people. Anything from outside street photography through to inside studio portraits.
Microscopy
Tue, 04 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
owl pellets and bat droppings
by Mike Gibson. The best way to tell what the animal ate is to see what indigestible parts are voided as waste. Dissection and observation of samples. Pellets and droppings will be available for study.
Photography
Mon, 03 Apr 2017, 20:00
Out
instant digital image battle
Our annual entertaining photo matching competition between NNHS and Northampton Camera Club, this year hosted by Northampton at Hardingstone Village Hall. An invited judge will join in the fun as well as giving an informative critique of each photo.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 01 Apr 2017, 11:02
Out
bugbrooke
A canalside stroll at Bugbrooke is this week's plan. Meet for bus SC D3 at 11.02am. Refreshments available.
Meteorology
Sat, 01 Apr 2017, 11:00
HR
weather forecasting
the understanding of weather systems has improved over the years as has the accuracy of forecasts. We will learn about how these changes came about.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Photography
Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 20:00
HR
underwood cup – final
Pictorial image competition final. Today’s entries are the winners of the previous three rounds of pictorial images. Invited judge.
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
constraining the boundaries for the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life on exoplanets
by Martin Braddock. Since the first exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star was announced in 1995, over 3,300 have been discovered, the most recent being Proxima b in August 2016. With exoplanets seemingly commonplace, the next challenge is to identify those whose physical and chemical characteristics may be candidates to support life. In this talk, Martin will describe some of the methods currently being used together with a glimpse of the late research findings drawn from recent scientific literature.
Special events
Mon, 27 Mar 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
See 13th March for details
Saturday Walks
Sat, 25 Mar 2017, 10:30
Out
higham ferrers
We travel to Higham Ferrers today. Meet for bus SC X47 at 10.30am. Refreshments available.
Photography
Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 20:00
HR
islands of the south atlantic
by James Ballantyne. James will talk about and show us some of the photos taken while on his work visits to the South Atlantic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.
Microscopy
Tue, 21 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
stuff from your home under the microscope
by Mike Gibson. This will be a fascinating chance to look at things from your kitchen and medicine cabinet. These include pills and potions from the humble aspirin to sodium bicarbonate, with particular reference to polarisation techniques.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 13:19
Out
blisworth
Blisworth is a popular village with the Walkers. Meet for bus SC 88 at 1.19pm. Drinks available.
Geology
Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 14:30
HR
geological maps – function and beauty
Geological maps tell the story of the ground under our feet. The challenge is how to unlock that story! This talk, illustrated by maps from the British Geological Survey, will introduce some of the principles of geological mapping and celebrate the skill and dedication of the mapmakers.
Photography
Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 20:00
HR
print competitions
Up to three entries per member per round for each of the competitions. Monochrome General, Monochrome Portrait (Vic Seaton Cup), Colour Print (Jubilee Cup), Digital Art. Round 3 of 3
Meteorology
Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 14:00
HR
el niño and la niña: climate change or business as usual?
We will be joining the Royal Meteorological Society live online at Imperial College London. El Nino and La Nina have dominated reporting of catastrophic droughts and floods around the globe in recent years. But what are they? How do they impact society and how might they affect us in the future? Leading experts will discuss what is what is known about El Nino and La Nina and their influence on global weather and climate. They will critically assess how these phenomena are projected to change and debate how this could feed through into agricultural, economic and societal impacts in the future.
Special events
Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
wildlife recording
The NNHS supports the Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre with the use of the Humfrey Rooms. Tonight their meeting introduces NBRC’s WILDside Project and the opportunities this new initiative presents for individuals and recording groups. http://www.northantsbrc.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/NBRCNewsletter-Latest.pdf
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
astronomy section agm and telescopic topics
We start the evening with our AGM, which is typically quite brief, then conclude with a members' meeting. If the weather's helpful we'll do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are welcome.
Special events
Mon, 13 Mar 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
We meet fortnightly to work on the Society’s Collections, cleaning and sorting them and making databases to facilitate use of them. No previous experience is needed, all are welcome to help. Come and have real “hands-on” pleasure with some fascinating objects.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 11 Mar 2017, 10:50
Out
corby
We visit Corby this Saturday for a woodland and lakeside walk. Meet for bus SC X4 at 10.50am. Lunch in the town
General
Thu, 09 Mar 2017, 14:30
HR
childhood in the 1950s
A nostalgic presentation and display by Polly Feeley of music and memories from a 1950s childhood.
Photography
Wed, 08 Mar 2017, 20:00
HR
painting with light
by Matthew Hancox. Amongst his night-time photography Matt has produced some amazing images using such materials as wire wool and pixel sticks. This evening he shows us some of the results made by painting with light.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 08 Mar 2017, 14:30
HR
cromer
A trip round Cromer and North Norfolk and the forties weekend in Sheringham by Cyril Sampson.
Special events
Wed, 08 Mar 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Microscopy
Tue, 07 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
plant structure & function: corms & bulbs (part ii)
by Mike Asquith. A look at fresh Corms and Bulbs: Bring your own samples and explore for yourself these interesting and important structures. Mike will demonstrate how to make and stain temporary slides of these often overlooked items
Saturday Walks
Sat, 04 Mar 2017, 13:19
Out
duston annual flower festival
It is time to visit the Duston annual Flower Festival Meet for bus SC 9A at 1.19pm. Refreshments at the Church Centre.
Meteorology
Sat, 04 Mar 2017, 11:00
HR
weather on other worlds
Other worlds can be very different to Earth. What do we know about the weather on other Worlds and what can we imagine?
Botany
Thu, 02 Mar 2017, 14:30
HR
common flowers; more common flowers
Two short illustrated talks by Seán Karley looking at some of our ordinary everyday flora. We can spend so much time hunting for rarities that we can forget the beauty of the things we see under our noses.
Photography
Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 20:00
HR
cornwall cup
A natural history competition for up to three projected images per round. Round 3 of 3
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
See the entry for the 30th January for details of this meeting.
Special events
Mon, 27 Feb 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
See 2nd January for details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 25 Feb 2017, 13:11
Out
wootton
A walk in Wootton will conclude the programme for February. Meet for bus SC 7 at 1.11pm. Drinks available.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Photography
Wed, 22 Feb 2017, 20:00
HR
photographic section agm
Come along and hear how the section has been doing, elect our committee, and have a say in how the photographic section and its competitions are run. This is the place to put forward your ideas for the section’s future direction.
Microscopy
Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
plant structure & function: corms & bulbs (part i)
by Mike Asquith. There will be an introductory talk on the differences between the structure and function of corms and bulbs, followed by the chance to study some of the society’s large collection of prepared slides illustrating these two different structures.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 18 Feb 2017, 13:14
Out
weedon
A trip out to Weedon is this week's location. Meet for bus SC D2 at 1.14pm. Drinks available in the village.
Geology
Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
geology section agm and bring and show
A short Section AGM followed by Bring & Show / Help session. Please bring some items or photographs to show us or ask for help with identification? Anything with a Geological connection is welcome. Pebbles from the beach, fossils, rocks, minerals, equipment, maps, photos?
Photography
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject competition
A themed competition for up to three digital and/or print images per round. Time to put those lessons on advanced photo processing techniques and ideas on the artistic aspect of photography, into practice. The subject is ‘Digital Art’ Round 3 of 4
Meteorology
Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
an introduction to the weather of the world
How does the weather system work? Can a butterfly really have an effect on the weather on the other side of the world? Let’s see. Part 1.
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
supernova sn1987a
by Dr Nick Hewitt. Unfortunately we have a change to our original programme as Dr Paul Abel cannot attend due to late changes in his teaching schedule. We hope to welcome him at a later date. Dr Nick Hewitt has offered to step in to speak on the historic supernova SN1987a which was discovered on 24 February 1987 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Special events
Mon, 13 Feb 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
See 2nd January for details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 13:22
Out
camp hill
Camp Hill is this Saturday’s destination. Meet for bus SC 2 at 1.22pm. Refreshments available after the walk.
General
Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
messages in a bottle
A presentation and display by Mark Simmonds on his extensive and unusual collection of Victorian bottles - ink bottles in particular - with plenty of examples on show for examination.
Photography
Wed, 08 Feb 2017, 20:00
HR
underwood cup
A pictorial image competition on any subject for up to three projected images per member per round. Round 3 of 3.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 08 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
north wales
A trip across North Wales between Chester and the seaside town of Aberystwyth, visiting Snowdonia and the Cambrian coast.
Special events
Wed, 08 Feb 2017, --:--
HR
open house
See the 11th January.
Microscopy
Tue, 07 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
foraminiferous sands of the world
by Mike Gibson. In this session we shall be having another look at a selection of sand slides from the Douglas Richardson & Gordon Osborne collections. The society is the proud holder of one of the largest sand collections in the country.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 04 Feb 2017, 11:49
Out
milton malsor
Another popular village is Milton Malsor. Meet for SC X89 at 11.49am. Refreshments available in the village.
Meteorology
Sat, 04 Feb 2017, 11:00
HR
weather on the world wide web.
We will look at sources of weather information, data, clubs etc. which can be found on the WWW and possibly watch some videos. Come and tell us about sources you have found.
Botany
Thu, 02 Feb 2017, 14:30
HR
botany section agm
followed by a Bring and Show / Tell session. Please bring along any photos, specimens etc. to show the meeting and ask us or tell us about them. Guests are welcome.
Photography
Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 20:00
HR
photo mounting, plus the relationship between art and photography
by Steve Dormer. A two part evening. Mounting photo prints can be expensive, so for the first part of the evening Steve will demonstrate how to cut mounts ourselves. Always interested in the artistic side of photography, the second part will be Steve’s ideas on the relationship between photography and art.
Astronomy
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Special events
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
See 2nd January for details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 28 Jan 2017, 10:39
Out
rugby
We will travel further afield today, to the town of Rugby. Meet for bus SC 96 at 10.39am. Lunch available
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Photography
Wed, 25 Jan 2017, 20:00
HR
print competitions
Up to three entries per member per round for each of the competitions. Monochrome General, Monochrome Portrait (Vic Seaton Cup), Colour Print (Jubilee Cup), Digital Art. Round 2 of 3
Saturday Walks
Sat, 21 Jan 2017, 11:01
Out
collingtree
The village of Collingtree is a popular venue for a walk. Meet for Country Lion bus service No. 86 11.01am. Refreshments available.
Geology
Thu, 19 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
geological wonders
Some More of “The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders”. Two videos, shown with the permission of the publishers, showing some spectacular Geological sights and sites.
Photography
Wed, 18 Jan 2017, 20:00
HR
mrs humfrey’s photos
by Paul Hayes. Mrs Humfrey was a past member of the NNHS, and a renowned photographer, especially of churches. Paul has had a further look at the great number of her photos donated to the Society, and will show us some more of them.
Microscopy
Tue, 17 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
entomological workshop (part 2) - fleas
by Tim Newton and Mike Gibson. They will show you how to make a flea slide and will demonstrate the use of a range of mountants so you to make your own slide to keep.
Meteorology
Tue, 17 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
what does climate change really mean?
Continuing our experimental midweek meetings covering areas looked at in previous Saturday meetings we will look at weather in Northern Europe, an area on the edge of the Arctic. What is happening there? is there any evidence of change?
Special events
Mon, 16 Jan 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
See 2nd January for details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 14 Jan 2017, 14:00
Out
saturday walks section agm
This year the Saturday Walks Section AGM will take place at 2pm at St Michael's Church Rooms, which are situated in Perry Street (access via St Michael’s avenue) just off the Kettering Road in Northampton.
General
Thu, 12 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
amy, wonderful amy
by Roy Smart. Roy presents the remarkable story of popular aviation pioneer Amy Johnson - describing the triumphs and disasters of her aviation career - and her mysterious disappearance while on air force duty during the war.
Photography
Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 20:00
HR
cornwall cup
A natural history competition for up to three projected images per member per round. Round 2 of 3
Archaeology & History
Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
the peak district
A trip showing the sights and finishing at the tramway museum.
Special events
Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Astronomy
Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
an arctic eclipse
by Mike Frost. On March 20th 2015 a total eclipse of the Sun swept across the North Atlantic and was visible from the territory of Svalbard in the High Arctic. We welcome back Mike Frost for the story of his arctic eclipse, a stunning sight in cloudless skies. And polar bears, shadow bands, frostbite, enigma machines, fata morgana, reindeer pizza and pink bottoms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 07 Jan 2017, 11:20
Out
earls barton
A visit to Earls Barton is the choice for our first walk of the New Year. Meet for bus SC X4 at 11.20am. Refreshments obtainable in the village.
Meteorology
Sat, 07 Jan 2017, 11:00
HR
what about undertaking a mooc?
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) are increasingly popular and usually they are free. We will look at MOOC’s related to weather to see what they involve. Could we make use of them in our section meeting?
Botany
Thu, 05 Jan 2017, 14:30
HR
oak apples & bedeguars
Seán Karley will give an illustrated talk about Plant Galls – some of those funny-peculiar growths which occur on our plants. If you have any, please bring them along.
Photography
Wed, 04 Jan 2017, 20:00
HR
the 2015 p. a. g. b. print and projected image exhibitions
An opportunity to see the winning images from the national competition and exhibition run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
Microscopy
Tue, 03 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
entomological workshop (part i) - fleas
by Tim Newton. There are over 60 different species of flea found in the UK, and in this first session Tim will show you various species, and outline the differences between mammal and avian fleas. In addition to using mounted material, he will explain how to make slides of fleas, using a supply from a local vet. This evening you can prepare your own slides of fleas.
Special events
Mon, 02 Jan 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
We meet fortnightly to work on the Society’s Collections, cleaning and sorting them and making databases to facilitate use of them. No previous experience is needed, all are welcome to help. Come and have real “hands-on” pleasure with some fascinating objects.
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