A blog from the perspective of the Curator, Jan Freedman, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery highlighting risks to collections, in particular natural science, and how UK museums can help each other to solve problems, identify and prevent risk.
Paolo Viscardi, the then Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and now the Curator at Grant Museum of Zoology, provides some practical pointers on health and safety relating to natural history specimens used in handling.
Collections are a fantastic resource for engaging the public, but it’s worth keeping in mind that they may have some health and safety issues that you should probably be aware of. Some of these will be fairly obvious, but others less so.
Hazards in collections
At the beginning of a workshop held on 14 June 2014 that explored how to encourage clinical research in natural science collections session we asked delegates to consider the crucial question, why is clinical research important to museums? The answers are below. Details of the workshops and accompanying blogs are on the page: Encouraging Clinical Access
A blog by Cameron Crawley, Curatorial Assistant (work placement) for South American Fossil Mammals at the Natural History Museum, reporting on a Collections for All workshop at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons: Encouraging clinical research in natural science collections.
Collections for All is a space connecting you to natural science collections throughout the UK, sharing the many values of natural science collections in research, science, museum practice, engagement and education.
We hope you, in particular non-science curators that have natural science collections, find this space a useful place to explore the uses and maintenance of natural science collections, find helpful resources and links to museums, and representative organisations.
Start your exploration by reading a series of blogs by natural science collection professionals on a variety of subjects from developing conservation training for front of house staff; an IPM strategy, to using opening up access to core collections.