An Introduction to Natural Science Collections Legislation

Thursday, November 23, 2023 -
09:30 to 16:00



This workshop, organised by NatSCA, aims to cover some of the legislation that it helps to be aware of when caring for natural science collections. Subjects will include: CITES relating to plants and animals, copyright and intellectual property rights, poisons in herbaria, loans (including shipping and packing) and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Human Tissue Act 2004 in relation to museum collections

We will be welcoming speakers from a range of backgrounds to give a broad scope of experience - Alan Paton (Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew), Michelle Lancaster (Human Tissue Authority), Amalyah Keshet (Naomi Korn Associates), Rachel Webster (Manchester Museum), Nichola Burnett (Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)), Amy Geraghty (National Museum of Ireland).

Time Name of Speaker Organisation Subject
9:30 - 9:35 Welcome
9:35   – 10:20 Alan Paton Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Ins and outs of ABS and CITES in plant collections
10:20   – 11:05 Michelle Lancaster Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Human Tissue Act 2004 in relation to museum collections
11:05 – 11:25 Break
11:25   – 12:10 Amy Geraghty     National Museum of Ireland Loans – Shipping, packing, etc.
12:10   – 12:55 Rachel Webster Manchester Museum Poisons in herbaria
12:55 – 13:55 Lunch
13:55   – 14:40 Nichola Burnett Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) CITES and Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 - animals
14:40 – 15:25 Kevin Page ProGeo Geological legislation considerations
15:25 – 15:35 Quick break
15:35 – 16:20 Amalyah Keshet Naomi Korn Associates Copyright and Intellectual   property rights
16:20 – 16:30 Conclusion

This mixture of talks will provide a great opportunity to ask experts questions if you are dealing with something unfamiliar or would like an up-to-date summary on some of these topics, with pointers of where you can go to get more in-depth information.

Members: FREE
Non-members: £10

NatSCA members: please email for your membership code.
Non-members: you can join NatSCA for £20, the price difference between this course’s member and non-member rate is only £10 and you could then enjoy benefits such as our lunchtime chats once a month and the journal! Please email to find out more.

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