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The MOS presents a Junior Clinical Award, Junior Academic Award,  Junior Poster Prizes (at Cyprus and AGM) and the Antler Cup at meetings held each year.


Please find attached invitation for abstracts for the Awards for presentation at 5th October 2018 MOS AGM Meeting. 

MOS President's Winter Meeting


The Winter meeting of the MOS is a highlight of the season for many of us. A range of skiers have graced the meeting, from complete beginners to experts. The meeting is a heady mix of academia, skiing and fraternity. The group is friendly to newcomers and all are welcome, including non-skiers. 


Professor Steve Vernon from Nottingham organised the first event in 2001 in Lillehammer, Norway. It was a runaway success and we have had an annual meeting ever since. It was held in Lillehammer for a further three years, then moved to France, with Monique and I taking over the organisation. We visited Val d’Isere for three years and then onto our current town of Zermatt.


The academic meetings are styled on updates. We have a conference room in the hotel and a chairman for each day. The updates include retina, anterior segment and glaucoma but also more esoteric subjects depending on the delegates’ expertise. All attendees are encouraged to present at the meeting, but some, including newcomers, may choose not to present. The meeting is accredited with 16 CPD points. We have the academic meetings in the afternoon, from 14.30 - 18.30, afterwards adjourning for dinner. Each year there is an Antler Cup winner, and also the Spagyrik Award for the greatest goof of the week.


Zermatt is a magnificent venue, with the backdrop of the Matterhorn. The mountain and its history dominate proceedings. The skiing is unrivalled. Zermatt is also very attractive to non-skiers and there are beautiful walks around the village. Travel to the resort is fairly straightforward - plane then train. We can book the conference hotel for you, or alternatively, you may arrange your own accommodation. There are usually around 20-25 attendees.


You may enjoy this poem, by Thomas Hardy. It refers to the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn, by Edward Whymper, an Englishman and his team in 1865. The Matterhorn was the last great Alpine peak to be climbed.


Zermatt to the Matterhorn

Thirty-two years since, up against the sun, 

Seven shapes, thin atomies to lower sight, 

Labouringly leapt and gained thy gabled height, 

And four lives paid for what the seven had won. 

They were the first by whom the deed was done, 

And when I look at thee, my mind takes flight 

To that day's tragic feat of manly might, 

As though, till then, of history thou hadst none. 

Yet ages ere men topped thee, late and soon 

Thou watch'dst each night the planets lift and lower; 

Thou gleam'dst to Joshua's pausing sun and moon, 

And brav'dst the tokening sky when Caesar's power 

Approached its bloody end: yea, saw'st that Noon 

When darkness filled the earth till the ninth hour.


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Past Secretaries and Treasurers

List of past Secretaries

Lt Col A Jacks

Miss G Thuraijan

Mr S Mirza

Miss S Mollan


List of past Treasurers

Miss H Palmer

Mr A Murray

Past Presidents

List of past presidents since establishment

  • 1911-1913 D C LLOYD OWEN
  • 1913-1915 PREISTLEY-SMITH
  • 1915-1917 N C RIDLEY
  • 1917-1919 J JAMESON-EVANS
  • 1919-1921 T HARRISON BUTLER
  • 1921-1923 A B CRIDLAND
  • 1923-1925 E H HARRIES-JONES
  • 1925-1927 P H ADAMS
  • 1927-1929 C G RUSS WOOD
  • 1929-1931 B H ST CLAIR ROBERTS
  • 1931-1933 NORMAN H PIKE
  • 1935-1937 T E ASHDOWN CARR
  • 1937-1939 W NICOL
  • 1939-1943 E B ALABASTER
  • 1943-1945 G F HAYCROFT
  • 1945-1947 C RUDD
  • 1947-1949 H CAMPBELL-ORR
  • 1949-1951 F A ANDERSON
  • 1951-1953 P R GALLOWAY
  • 1953-1955 F A WILLIAMSON-NOBLE
  • 1955-1956 P JAMESON-EVANS
  • 1956-1957 R D WEEDEN BUTLER
  • 1957-1958 A L McCURRY
  • 1958-1959 I L I JOHNSTONE
  • 1959-1960 DOROTHY CAMPBELL
  • 1960-1961 C H BAMFORD
  • 1961-1962 IAN C FRASER
  • 1962-1963 J G D CURRIE
  • 1963-1964 H C MUIRHEAD
  • 1964-1965 A WYNN GREEN
  • 1965-1966 C TAYLOR
  • 1966-1967 A N CAMERON
  • 1967-1968 M J ROPER-HALL
  • 1968-1969 A HIRTENSTEIN
  • 1969-1970 W M WALKER
  • 1970-1971 R W STEPHENSON
  • 1971-1972 G F G SIGGINS
  • 1972-1973 K RUBINSTEIN
  • 1973-1974 H F T MACFETRIDGE
  • 1974-1975 J S GROVES
  • 1975-1976 D S THOMSON
  • 1976-1977 S J CREWS
  • 1977-1978 B F WOODHOUSE
  • 1978-1979 VERNON H SMITH
  • 1979-1980 STEWART MUNRO
  • 1980-1981 JOHN COATES
  • 1982-1983 H FRASER
  • 1983-1984 PETER HUNTER
  • 1984-1985 RENE BARRY
  • 1985-1986 JIM SMAIL
  • 1986-1987 PETER WATSON
  • 1987-1988 E M EAGLING
  • 1988-1989 IAN BROWN
  • 1989-1990 GWILYM DAVIES
  • 1990-1991 JOHN L PEARCE
  • 1991-1992 ERNA E KRITZINGER
  • 1992-1993 REGINALD G RICHER
  • 1994-1995 JOHN D SCOTT
  • 1995-1996 C J TALLENTS
  • 1996-1997 M P QUINLAN
  • 1997-1998 N R GALLOWAY
  • 1998-1999 DAVID J AUSTIN
  • 1999-2000 JOHN HARRY
  • 2000-2001 S A VERNON
  • 2001-2002 J M GIBSON
  • 2002-2003 ADRIAN WHILE
  • 2003-2004 GRAHAM R KIRKBY
  • 2005-2006 M W HOPE-ROSS
  • 2006-2007 PAUL B CHELL
  • 2007-2008 R A H SCOTT
  • 2008-2009 PATRICK G J CORRIDAN
  • 2009-2010 MICHAEL A BURDON
  • 2010-2011 PHILIP MURRAY
  • 2011-2012 I GOTTLOB
  • 2012-2013 MARIE TSALOUMAS
  • 2013-2014 S SANDRAMOULI
  • 2014-2015 A JACKS
  • 2015-2016 R ROBINSON
  • 2016-2017 J AL-IBRAHIM
  • 2017-2018 J DEUTSCH


Membership of the Midland Ophthalmological Society


Membership of the Midland Ophthalmological Society (MOS) is encouraged for both current and retired ophthalmologists residing / working in the East or West Midlands and surrounding counties. Members who move away from the region may retain their membership if they wish to do so.


The council of the MOS consists of a President, a Treasurer, two Secretaries and two Trainee Representatives, who are responsible for the conduct of the educational meetings and other activities relating to the MOS. 

Membership fee and benefits

You can become a member by completing the membership form. This can be downloaded using the link below. Your completed form needs to be submitted to Rachel Davies, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post, the address being on the application form. The membership fee is £50 per annum, to be paid by Go Cardless direct debit subscription only, using the following link, The details of your bank/building society are required.


By becoming a member you will be kept informed of and will be eligible to attend 3 educational meetings a year, held on a Friday in February/March, June/July and October. These events have Royal College of Ophthalmologists approval, with 6 CPD points typically awarded.

Trainees and non-consultant career grade doctors are invited to submit abstracts for the MOS Junior Awards each year. Submissions will be shortlisted for presentation at the AGM held in October in Birmingham, the winners being selected by a judging panel and awarded a bursary. The winners will be invited to the next AGM to give a talk. Poster submissions will be shortlisted for exhibition at one of the meetings each year, where they will be judged by a panel, the winner receiving a cheque.

Members will also be kept informed regarding the annual Winter Ski meeting and the Cyprus Summer meeting.




Privacy Policy, 24th October 2018


Please click here to read the Midland Ophthalmological Society Privacy Policy, written in response to the General Data Protection Ruling (GDPR) of May 2018.



Standing Orders Update, 15th February 2018


Please read letter advising the need for members to cancel standing orders themselves.



Membership Update, 18th August 2017


Please read letter advising of changes to the MOS Membership taking effect from 1st October 2017.




Click Here to download Membership Application Form


histryThe MOS is a charity that promotes the continued teaching and learning of Ophthalmology within the Midlands. It is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, understanding and practice of Ophthalmology.

On 23rd March 1888, Richard Middlemore signed a foundation deed for a lectureship to be appointed annually. It was “the founder’s desire and earnest request that the lecture or lectures be published either in a separate form or in some medical periodical publication in Great Britain.” In 1889 the first lecture series, "The Essentials of Ophthalmic Therapeutics” was given by Mr Lloyd Owens and later published. The Middlemore Lecture has been held annually ever since (Middlemore Lecturers: 1889-).

Richard Middlemore's (1804-1891) life and career was published in 1920 within the British Masters of Ophthalmology Series in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, February 1920. There is no easy way to condense his achievements, character and legacy.

In a letter to Dr Jameson Evans dated 15th November 1925, Richard Middlemore’s nephew described him as “devoted to his profession, with a charming personality. He was most kind and sympathetic to all his patients.”

In 1911 the formation of a Midland Ophthalmological Society (MOS) was under consideration. On 14th November 1911, an inaugural meeting was held at the Imperial Hotel in Birmingham over which Mr Lloyd Owen presided. An article in the Birmingham Medical Review on 29th November 1911 reported the meeting where Mr Owen proposed the formation of the Society. He pointed out the leading role that Midlands surgeons had taken in Ophthalmology and in particular mentioned the valuable work of Richard Middlemore.

The MOS aims in 1911 were “to help Midlands surgeons to know each other, and enable them to share cases which could not always go to London”. It was hoped that the young society would take a useful part in the advancement of British Ophthalmology. In 1911 members were enrolled from London, Walsall, Newcastle under Lyme, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Dudley, Leamington and other towns in the Midlands.

On Friday 22nd October 1926, the Richard Middlemore post-graduate lecture trustees declared the advantage of holding the lecture on the same day as the meeting of the Midland Ophthalmological Society, and to this day it is held in Birmingham annually in October.

Later in 1948, the House Governor of the Birmingham Eye Hospital reported that this lectureship fund had originally been set up with a capital of £1000, which had been invested in the London Midland Service Railway Stock. When the railways were nationalized, this stock depreciated in value, so that the income derived would no longer provide sufficient funds to meet the obligations. The lecture was in jeopardy. However the educational value of the annual event was clear and the finances were quickly resolved. The fund was re-instated back to the sum of £1000 from “general funds”, from which stock in British Transport was bought for a projected 3% income. Today the lecture is supported by the contributions of members of the MOS.

The Society has been geographically far reaching within the UK and abroad. Meetings from the early years were across England, as far south as Oxford Eye Hospital and Gloucester Royal Infirmary and Eye Institution. Annually there is a winter meeting in Europe and a summer meeting in Cyprus [link to]. The MOS has not stood in isolation and has frequently had meetings with other societies such as the Northern Ophthalmological society and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The only significant change to the Society’s constitution in recent times was in 1993, when it acquired charitable status. A new constitution was drawn up to meet the charity commissioner requirements which essentially mirrored the original constitution.


The latest aims of the MOS are:

  1. To promote education amongst doctors for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the eye and associated structures.
  2. To encourage research into diseases of the eye and associated structures, and to publish the useful results of such research.
  3. The relief of sickness amongst people with diseases of the eye and associated structures via the above mentioned activities.