May 2018

Childhood in Africa: The Story of the Woodwards

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Josiah Woodward, known to friends and family as Joe, was born in 1916, the eldest son of a railwayman with a hard hand. To support the family, Joe had to give up his education at 14 and start work as a railway porter at London Paddington. Despite several attempts to enlist, he became a signalman for GWR druing WWII. At the end of the war, tragedy struck when his wife died and Joe had to give his four children away into care.

With new love, Hilda, Joe was slowly able to reunite the family, as they embarked on a fresh start in British Colonial Africa.

Now parents and grandparents themselves, Joe’s children recall their memories of a childhood steeped in the red soil of Africa. From Nigeria to Rhodesia, and from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, they shine a light on a child’s view of life during the transition from colonial administration to independent Africa.

Fully illustrated with family photographs.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-22-3

Paperback – 118 pages

RRP: £12.50

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A digital copy of the book can be read here at

Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope (2nd Ed) by Lewis Woolnough

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Following the success of, “Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope”, Lewis has updated the original edition to include new material. This is the Second Edition.

As before, the book is suitable for the absolute beginner, the amateur and the professional using stereomicroscopes in their work.

In this new book Lewis has included an introduction to Photography with the Stereomicroscope.

In line with the understandable desire of a new stereomicroscope owner to get started as soon as possible, a quickstart guide is included right at the start. The reader can use the instrument immediately at a basic level and then return to the book to expand their knowledge.

The book includes paired stereo-images which reproduce the three dimensionality that is such an enjoyable and informative feature of the stereomicroscope.

Lewis Woolnough, a retired Headteacher, has pursued microscopy with a passion for the past 20+ years. When told that there was no suitable work on the stereomicroscope, he immediately set about using his life skills to write the original book. Lewis’ aim was to create a well illustrated accessible text that would help you to use the stereomicroscope immediately and competentely. This second edition continues that aim.

Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope 2nd Ed. by Lewis Woolnough

ISBN: 978-1-911526-23-0

Sadly, Lewis passed away early 2021 and his book is now out of print. However, we intend to make a copy available on the Internet Archive to be accessible online once we have permission from with Lewis’ estate.