NatSCA Digital Digest

Welcome to the weekly digest of posts from around the web with relevance to natural science collections. We hope you find this useful and if you have any articles that you feel would be of interest, please contact us at blog@natsca.org

1. Blog: ARKive’s Top Ten Eggs

Kathryn Pintus, ARKive

Kathryn Pintus
Kathryn Pintus

Synopsis

For those of us with a public programme to fill each holiday season, ideas and inspiration from other sources can never be too much or too numerous. I for one know first hand what it is like to keep trying to deliver a programme that is constantly fresh and original. As we egg-sit (sorry) another Easter of promoting eggs, egg-laying, anything eggy or egg-like that we have in our collections, I thought you may appreciate a pick me up. Here is a refreshing and quirky blog from ARKive that should do the trick.

ARKive’s Top Ten Eggs

Peacock butterfly eggs. © John Bebbington FRPS

Peacock butterfly eggs. © John Bebbington FRPS

2. Conference: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

22nd to 27th June 2014, Cardiff

Synopsis

“Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, in partnership with the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA), are honoured to be hosting the 29th Annual Meeting for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) from Sunday.

We are working on an exciting programme and the theme of SPNHC 2014 is Historic Collections: A Resource for the Future. We also have other activities and events planned including fieldtrips, workshops, tours of the museum collections, icebreaker and of course the banquet.

The conference will be held at Cardiff Millennium Centre located in Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront development and in Cardiff City Centre at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.”

This is a little in the way of shameless self promotion as NatSCA are running this conference with SPNHC. But that just indicates how great it will be. Plus,early bird rates are open until Friday, so get your skates on.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

3. Exhibition: Museum Brings Fossils to Life

Sophia Hollander, The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

Although not all of our budgets may stretch to an exhibition like this, it is exciting to see what is going on in other museums of natural history. Hollander looks at the interactive exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, that form part of their new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.

Museum Brings Fossils to Life

A cast of the pterosaur Scaphognathus crassirostris at the Grant Museum of Zoology. LDUCZ-X1086 (C) UCL/Grant Museum

A cast of the pterosaur Scaphognathus crassirostris at the Grant Museum of Zoology. LDUCZ-X1086 (C) UCL/Grant Museum

Compiled by Emma-Louise Nicholls, NatSCA Blog Editor

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