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About the Group

Our aims are to * promote the welfare of bees within East Anglia. * offer training in the use of optical microscopes. * stimulate microscopical study and activities. * encourage and support people taking the BBKA microscopical examination.

About the site

The webspace for this site has been made available by the Quekett Microscopical Club, which is the UK’s leading organisation for all who are interested in the microscope and microscopy. We would urge anyone who is at all interested in microscopy to join the Quekett! The site itself has been designed by Iceni members Gordon, Robert & Steve.

Welcome to the Iceni Microscopy Study Group!

Membership of The Iceni Microscope Group is open to all.

We meet on the first Saturday of the month at;

Berg Apton Village Hall

Cooke’s Road

Bergh Apton


NR15 1AA


Meetings run from about 9:30am till 4pm. Current membership fee is just £60 a year, Tea and Coffee supplied throughout the day – but bring your own lunch. Members are always happy to help new microscopists – you do not have to have a microscope as we can lend you one for the day.

We can also give advice on purchasing microscopes.


Contact; if you are interested in joining, or just turn up at one of the meetings.

If you’ve not used a microscope before or your last experience of them was some time ago, you’ll be amazed at the advances made in the last few years in the field of microphotography. Time was when you had to buy an expensive Single Lens Reflex or a dedicated

camera made for your particular microscope, and both options cost an absolute fortune. In either case, taking the photos was a bit hit and miss until you’d acquired considerable experience and unless you used one of the expensive Polaroid systems you had to wait for the photos to be developed to find out how successful you had been. I can remember back in the 1970's using a Polaroid camera on a Watson Hilux microscope and my boss being appalled at the amount of film I wasted trying to get good photos!

Next meeting;

7 September, Subject; Freshwater Biology, led by Geoff


Further details to follow!


An appropriate day for on 7 September 1674, Anton van Leeuwenhoek wrote in a letter; "Passing just lately over this lake, . . . and examining this water next day, I found floating therein divers earthy particles, and some green streaks, spirally wound serpent-wise, and orderly arranged, after the manner of the copper or tin worms, which distillers use to cool their liquors as they distil over. The whole circumference of each of these streaks was about the thickness of a hair of one's head.. . all consisted of very small green globules joined together: and there were very many small green globules as well."

Visit Us!

Anyone is welcome to visit us to check out if the Club is for them, you can either just turn up to one of our meetings - check the date of the next one on this page - or contact our Secretary for further information. There will always be someone willing to show you what we do and there’s always a spare microscope or two to use.

The photo above lis of a Cyclops, a species of Cladoceran, taken using a Meiji compound microscope equipped with polarisers and a retarder made from a dvd case wrapper. Taken by Gordon Brown at one of our meetings.

Microscope cameras

How things have changed!  It’s now possible to buy a dedicated digital camera that not only produces good quality still images but also High Definition video for much less than £100, and it’s an investment you’ll never regret. Not only will you be able to make a record what you have achieved, you’ll be able to produce stunning photos that are well worthy of showing off and - as a huge bonus! - you can record video of subjects such as pond life that are positively amazing. All of the photos and videos on this page were produced by such a camera, one that actually cost just over £40 including the relay lens, and adapters are included to that it will work on just about any microscope. An example of a 5MP video camera is shown on the right, at the time of writing these cost around £42, but the price regularly goes down as technology develops and the performance also improves. Higher specification cameras are available but obviously the price is higher. Several of our members have this type of equipment and are only too pleased to show it off!

Microscopy Taster Day

For Beekeepers & others


A few photos shown below, for more details and photos click HERE!