Decolonising Natural Science Collections

On November 19th 2020, NatSCA hosted an online conference, 'Decolonising Natural Science Collections'.

This conference was recorded and can be viewed online on our YouTube channel. [External Link]

All talks:

Nature Read in Black and White: An Update
Miranda Lowe, Natural History Museum and Subhadra Das, UCL

Decolonising Manchester Museum’s mineral collection – a call to action
David Gelsthorpe, Manchester Museum

Mo Koundje: how gorilla histories can help decolonise our collections
Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Decolonise! Activations of natural history collections by international artists
Dr Bergit Arends, University of Bristol

The political platypus and the colonial koala – how to decolonise the way we talk about Australian animals
Jack Ashby, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Colonial Critters: Decolonising the Powell-Cotton Museum
Rachel Jennings, Powell-Cotton Museum

Second Session Panel Discussion

Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire
Hannah Cornish, Luanne Meehitiya, Tannis Davidson, Subhadra Das, Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL Culture

Ally Skills 101: Why Allies?
Hao Ye, University of Florida, Molly Phillips, Florida Museum of Natural History, iDigBio

The lost artists of British Enlightenment natural history
Isabelle Charmantier, The Linnean Society of London

James J. Harrison: Unnatural History
Jim Middleton, Scarborough Museums Trust

Legacies of Jamaica: A not so Elegant Priest!
Mama D Ujuaje and Rhian Rowson, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Final Panel Discussion

The description of each YouTube video contains the abstract for the talk. Each video has closed captions available.

The original programme for the conference is available here.
The conference abstracts are available here.

NatSCA Conservation Twitter Conference

19th - 21st January 2021

NatSCA is hosting a Twitter conference promoting projects and stories relating to the conservation of natural history collections. The theme is as diverse as the field of natural history itself, from storage projects, new materials and applications, and tricky remedial projects.

Join us for this great opportunity to explore conservation work relating to the range of natural materials, this year we’re bringing it all, right to you, for free!

Follow #NatSCAConservation over the three days to learn more about the projects featured in our diverse programme, meet our speakers, share and join in through the hashtag, and say a digital hello to the wonderful online NatSCA community. Each presentation will be delivered over an hour-long time slot where they will be delivered over a series of tweets, and then available for questions and comment.

Lucie Mascord & Paolo Viscardi (c) National Museum of Ireland For those not on Twitter, we’ll be compiling all the talks and making them available after the event.

Download the full programme and abstracts here

Programme Day 1: January 19th, 2020

10am – 11am From Wall to Shelf – Adventures in decanting the Dead Zoo
Silvia Da Rocha, Gina Eichmueller and Paolo Viscardi
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

11am – 12pm Fluid preserved collections at the Cole Museum of Zoology: Care and maintenance as they move from display into storage
Claire Smith - Cole Museum of Zoology

12pm – 1pm A Whole Different Bearskin: Using natural history conservation techniques to restore a Napoleonic cap
Lucie Mascord ACR - Lancashire Conservation Studios & Freelance Conservator

1pm – 2pm The Conservation of Coral: cleaning techniques for cnidarian collections
Natalie Jones - University Museum of Zoology Cambridge

2pm – 3pm Well puffed: conservation of two porcupine fish using silk tissue
Lu Allington-Jones - Natural History Museum, London

Programme Day 2: January 20th, 2020

10am – 11am Stuffed not Silent: A Study of Social Media as a Tool for Engaging with Taxidermy
Gracie Price - Cardiff University Conservation Department

11am – 12pm Taxidermy appearance: Re-colouring a Eurasian Otter specimen an ethical and practical consideration
Jen Grossman - Cardiff University Conservation Department

12pm – 1pm Conservation issues of botanical wet collections
Marion Dangeon, Laura Brambilla - Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-restauration

1pm – 2pm Using Japanese Paper on Fish Mounting Conservation
Eleri Paatsi - Estonian Museum of Natural History

2pm – 3pm The case of the donated collection of rodents (Ctenomys) to the Félix de Azara Natural History Foundation
Stella Maris Alvarez - Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara. CONICET

Programme Day 3: January 21st, 2020

10am – 11am Displaying Deep Sea Invertebrates: a technique for mounting smaller fluid preserved specimens
Natalie Jones - University Museum of Zoology Cambridge

11am – 12pm Silk and Ivory: Conserving a Brisé Fan
Daisy Graham - Freelance Textile Conservator

12pm – 1pm The application of Lascaux in the restoration of taxidermy and entomology collections
Bethany Palumbo ACR - Palumbo Conservation Service

1pm – 2pm Japanese tissue repair of 100 plus butterflies crushed by broken glass
Simon Moore ACR – Freelance Conservator
Delivered through @Nat_SCA

Journal of Natural Science Collections Volume 7

Volume 7 of the Journal of Natural Science Collections is now available online to NatSCA members.

Our members will have received a download like via email or can access the journal here on our website. Those who have requested physical copies should be receiving them in the coming days.

Articles the previous volume of the journal is now freely available online. You can access the entire Volume 6 journal or selected articles.

Journal of Natural Science Collections Volume 6

The Journal of Natural Science Collections Volume 6 is now available to NatSCA members!

Print copies are on their way to our members and members can also access Volume 6 online here. Articles are accessible to NatSCA members only and can be unlocked by using the password provided by our membership secretary. All articles will be available exclusively to NatSCA members for the first year following their publication.

NatSCA Conference & AGM 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:00 to Friday, May 3, 2019 - 17:00
National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Registration is now open for #NatSCA 2019! The NatSCA Conference & AGM 2019 will be held between the 1st and 3rd May 2019 at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. Our theme this year is "Dead Interesting: Secrets of Collections Success" with a focus on collections, engagement and museums and tech. Book your place today!