Thinly sliced microscopic sections of rock open up a whole new richly coloured and textured level of existence, where tiny crystals give clues to long-ago lava streams or life in ancient Lake Orcadie. Chris Thomas of the Quekett Microscopical Club shows some of the beautiful images that come from these rock sections and the pictures of ancient worlds that can be built up from careful microscopical study. Katy Firth of Stromness Museum describes plans to digitise the thin-section rock slides from the late Ted Kellock’s rock sample collection.
Ted Kellock lived in Orkney during the 1950s and 1960s when he worked as an excise officer at Scapa Distillery. He collected mainly igneous and metamorphic rocks from Orkney, Shetland and other parts of Scotland, but also worldwide. He donated his collection to Stromness Museum, including around 4000 rock slides which he prepared using mainly equipment which he designed and built himself.
The Quekett Microscopical Club with its international membership of amateurs and professionals, was founded in 1865, which makes it the world’s second oldest microscopical society.
Tickets £6 & £4 can be booked through this LINK.
This event is also part of the Scottish Geology Festival which runs from 1 September to 8 October with a rich mix of indoor and outdoor events across Scotland, from Shetland to Siccar Point, and Arran to Angus.