SPNHC / BHL / NatSCA 2022

NatSCA event
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 08:30 to Friday, June 10, 2022 - 17:00

Organised by


National Museums of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Save the Date!

We invite you to attend SPNHC 2022

Through the door and through the web: releasing the power of natural history collections onsite and online

The meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and International Partner – BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) and National Partner – NatSCA (Natural Sciences Collections Association) will take place at Edinburgh First Campus in Edinburgh, Scotland from the 5th - 10th of June 2022.

For more information visit https://spnhc2022.com/

The SPNHC / BHL / NatSCA 2022 Conference is open for registration, with NatSCA members eligible for a discounted registration fee.

NatSCA will be chairing two symposia as part of the conference on Tuesday 7th June:

Long-time No See – Updates from the natural science collections community
Tuesday 7th June, 9am-12.30pm
Symposium Chairs: Jen Gallichan / Yvette Harvey, NatSCA
View Abstracts (PDF Download)

Two years without seeing our museum friends and colleagues has been hard, but we know that our industrious community has learnt much over this time. In this session we are keen to help members reconnect with each other, sharing stories about what you have been getting up to. We want to highlight your projects, plans, discoveries, and diversions relating to collections, conservation, curation, engagement, and practice. This is an opportunity to re-establish networks and share your experiences.
This 90-minute session will comprise a series of 5-minute lightning talks with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Civically engaged natural history museums: transforming public programmes to address societal challenges
Tuesday 7th June, 2-330pm
Symposium Chair: Jack Ashby, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge / NatSCA
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This symposium, organised by the Natural Sciences Collections Association, will look at how public programming across natural history institutions and the wider museum sector is responding to and engaging public audiences with three key civic agendas:
1. health and wellbeing;
2. representation, decolonisation and social injustice; and
3. the climate and ecological crisis.
We will discuss how participants can identify ways in which their existing work can fit into this practice – and how we can identify and nurture good practice – with the aim of placing natural science collections at the heart of civically engaged practice. There will be practical examples as well as wider scene-setting, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

NatSCA Social
We'll be meeting up at Doctors at 8pm, after the NatSCA AGM on Tuesday 7th June. If you're not planning on attending the Ceilidh, we hope to see you there. If you're hoping to attend, you can let us know here so we can keep track of expected numbers.
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