Thursday, 19 October 2017

What has microscopy to do with a beggar?

A connection really exists. Somewhere in the south of the Netherlands, on the estate of late professor Eugene Dubois, is a beautiful lake called 'The Bedelaar' or 'The Beggar'. In this lake, the aquatic micro life has been investigated using Motic microscopes. The movie tells about the results of this microscopic survey, supplemented by information about the professor, about his estate and the renowned hydro biologist Neele Wibaut.

So watch the movie and enjoy the footage of microscopically small underwater organisms.

And why is this little lake called ‘The Beggar’ anyway?
Long time ago there was a big castle standing in the lake. On Christmas eve the nobles held an exuberant party. Then a poor starved beggar knocked at the door to ask for some food. The nobles refused to give him something. As a punishment the castle sank into the lake. Once a year, on Christmas eve, if you listen well, you can still hear the castle bells ringing.

This video has been shown...
  • On local Dutch TV in August 2017, 5 times.
  • On an event in the Leudal Museum in The Netherlands for general public, on June 20, 2017.
  • On a congress of the Dutch Society for Microscopy and the Antwerp Society for Micrography, on Sept. 16, 2017.
  • On the Quekett event in The Natural History Museum in London on October 7.
  • On the yearly congress of the Natural History Society of Limburg, The Netherlands in March, 2018

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