Journal of Natural Science Collections - Volume 8

The Journal of Natural Science Collections Volume 8 is now available to NatSCA members!

Print copies are on their way to our members and members can also access Volume 8 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 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 09:45 to Friday, May 28, 2021 - 16:00

Changing the World: Environmental Breakdown and Natural Science collections

The NatSCA 2021 conference and AGM will take place on 27th and 28th May, online via Zoom. 9.50am-4pm BST (UTC +1)

The #NatSCA2021 conference will explore the role of natural science collections in addressing or engaging with one of the planet’s biggest issues - environmental breakdown; as well as sharing other exciting developments from the sector.

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.

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.

Awards and Bursaries

NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £3,000 of grant money, is available to NatSCA members this year to support projects including the conservation, access and use of natural science collections.