The Roving Microscope is a community microscope club exploring human-soil ecologies through microscope gazing, food, discussion and making. It is a collaboration between Ellie Doney, Melissa Thompson and Hari Byles. In 2019 we ran a programme of workshops, microscopic lunches and events across London funded by the East End Community Foundation and the British Ecological Society. During this programme we got tangled up in the soil food web, took a closer look at the different surfaces that microbes inhabit, stuck our noses into aerobic and anaerobic compost piles, and examined the life living on some of our much loved seeds.
From 2020 - 2021 we worked alongside The Big Compost Experiment and researchers from the More-Than-Human Data Interactions project, based at City University.