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, 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
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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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