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Annual Exhibition 2016

12th November 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please note the correction to the section ‘New for’ it now reads ‘New for 2016’ and not ‘New for 2017’, there will be prizes awarded this year.

The BENHS ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2016 will be held in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL, on Saturday 12 November 2016, from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm.

You are cordially invited to this major event of the Society’s social calendar. Members and visitors from all over the country (and overseas) are usually present, and this is an excellent opportunity to meet old friends and make new acquaintances, discuss problem species with experts, and generally see what other people have been up to during the year, and beyond. The Society has been holding exhibitions for over 125 years, and although themes and styles may change, the enthusiasm and dynamism of the Society’s members continues unabated. Guests and families are all welcome.

Exhibits are welcome from both members and non-members. These can be set specimens, live invertebrates, photographs, drawings, artwork, poster displays, novel equipment, historical items, literature, reminiscences, curiosities or light-hearted trivia. Scientific novelty or rarity are not the only criteria for exhibiting, nor do presentations have to relate to the current year; exhibits showing personal interests, taxonomic conundrums (or resolutions), ecological, local or historical themes make fascinating displays. A table will also be set aside for the exhibition of unidentified specimens; though identification cannot be guaranteed, members are always happy to offer advice and assistance on difficult specimens.

New for 2016.  To encourage everyone to look through their collections, there will be a competition on the subject of Specimens from my favourite place with a book token kindly provided by Pemberley Books as the prize. The best exhibit of specimens (from all specimen categories in the exhibition except the above mentioned competition) will attract a similar prize.

Also on offer. Pemberley Books will be selling new and second-hand entomological and other natural history books, and other organizations expected include: Amateur Entomologists’ Society, Butterfly Conservation, Dipterists Forum, British Myriapod and Isopod Group, London Natural History Society and Queckett Microscopical Club.  Apart from the bookseller mentioned above, no commercial trading is permitted within the exhibition. For anyone visiting with family, the British Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Hunterian Museum, and Charles Dickens Museum are all within easy walking distance. The West End is a few stops away down the Central Line.

A servery will be open at lunchtime (11.30 am to 3.00 pm) serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, teas, coffees, and light refreshments (sandwiches, cake etc). It is hoped that attendees will make full use of this facility as they may be a charge to the BENHS if it is underused. There are a selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants in the area. You may also bring your own food to the exhibition

The pre booked BENHS Annual Dinner for members and their guests will take place after the Exhibition (5.45 for 6pm).


How to get there. The entrance to the building is in Red Lion Square. The nearest Underground station is Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines). On leaving the station via the High Holborn exit, cross and walk along the north side of High Holborn, turn left and walk up Proctor Street (A40) to Red Lion Square. Conway Hall is in the far corner of the square. Google Maps or Streetmap

Paying car parks are situated at hotels in Southampton Row, north of the Vernon

Place/ Theobalds Road junction). Northbound: Bedford Hotel, 83-95 Southampton Row, red name sign and blue P sign (before reaching Russell Square), card payment required, no LPG cars, parking charges £5 for 2h, up to £17 for 12h. Southbound: Imperial Hotel, 61-66 Russell Square, red name sign and blue P in yellow surround (entrance on Southampton Row), charges as for Bedford Hotel. Other pay car parks can be found on www.parkopedia.co.uk. Parking in Red

Lion Square and some surrounding streets is either pay-and-display or permit-holders only until 1.30 pm, after which it is free on Saturday. Before 1.30 pm pay-and-display charges are £4 per hour, max 2 hours. Parking availability, fees, and timings may be subject to change. The London congestion charge does not apply at weekends.


Please remember to sign the attendance book on arrival. This is a permanent record of how many members and guests attend the exhibition; it is a valuable historical document, and the information helps in planning future events. The book, and name badges (which we hope everyone will wear), will be on the table at the entrance to the hall. Subscriptions paid at the exhibition ease the Assistant

Treasurer’s work; he will be adjacent to the signing-in desk and is looking forward to seeing you.


The collection of subscriptions at the Exhibition eases the Assistant Treasurer’s work. He will be grateful if members will pay their subscriptions adjacent to the signing in desk.


Series of threatened, scarce or reintroduced insects will not be welcome. The Code for Insect Collecting, endorsed by the BENHS, suggests that a pair of specimens of such species is sufficient.  Similarly, long series of any insect taken from a single locality will not be welcome unless the exhibit is agreed in advance.  If in doubt please contact the Administrative Assistant and Exhibition Secretary (address below) who will consult with members of Council.

Please register your exhibit at the signing-in table when you arrive,

and at the same time provide a descriptive note about your exhibit. The Exhibition provides a unique occasion to show your findings and interests, and the notes accompanying exhibits are edited and published in the British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, giving you an ideal opportunity to publish records of your finds

and details of your achievements. The editing of notes falls to a dedicated handful of volunteer exhibit recorders. Their job can be made much easier if you follow these simple guidelines:

  • Include your name, postal and email addresses, on each sheet of notes.
  • Give an indication of the significance of what is exhibited, why it is interesting, what is shown.
  • For specimens give place and date of capture and, if possible, vice-county name, and grid reference.
  • As well as italicizing or underlining scientific names, please also give family name and authority.
  • Please provide separate notes for each of the following exhibit categories:

British butterflies

British macro-Lepidoptera

British micro-Lepidoptera

Channel Is. Lepidoptera


Competition – Specimens from my favourite place


Foreign Lepidoptera



Illustrations / photos

Other Orders


Some specimens may be selected for colour plates in the Journal; a note will be placed alongside the exhibit indicating which specimen(s), and asking the exhibitor to make themselves known to the official photographer. If you require a power supply, more than 1.5 metres (5 feet) of table-top space, or wish to display a poster (up to 120 x 90 cm landscape) please contact the Exhibition Secretary, by 3 November 2016: Miss Rosemary Hill, 447B Wokingham Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7EL,  rosemaryhi@lineone.net or telephone her on 01189 665160.

POSTERS Members wishing to display a poster (up to 120cm X 90cm) should also book display space with Rosemary.



12th November 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Conway Hall
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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