NatSCA Digital Digest

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1. Blog: Six Questions for a Geological Curator

Geological Curators’ Group


‘This is the first post in our series where we ask geological curators around the country a series of questions that allow them to advocate the collections in their charge. This post is kindly provided by Dean Lomax who is Contract Assistant Curator of Palaeontology at the Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, working on the CIRCA Project which is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. He is the author of two books, Fossils of the Whitby Coast and Dinosaurs of the British Isles.’

Six Questions for a Geological Curator

2. Article: EU Makes it Easier to Return Looted Cultural Objects

Patrick Steel, Museums Association


‘The European Parliament has approved changes to a directive aimed at helping EU countries organise the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from one member state to another. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) believes will see a rise in requests for returns across the EU as a result’

EU Makes it Easier to Return Looted Cultural Objects

3. Job Vacancy: Curatorial Assistant

The Grant Museum of Zoology, Department of Public and Cultural Engagement


‘Full time until July 2015, thereafter it will be part time, 18.25 hours per week, 50% FTE, unless further funding is identified.

The curatorial assistant post will be based primarily in the Grant Museum of Zoology, one of the foremost zoology museums in the UK, with a growing reputation for innovative and experimental work.

The job will involve working closely with the collections to make them accessible to UCL and external audiences and improve their storage, documentation and use; as well as contributing to the museum’s public programmes and online activities. Details can be found on the UCL jobs page.

Deadline: 15th June. For information about the post please contact the Museum Manager, Jack Ashby –  and for information about the application procedure contact UCL Museums’ Administrator Lauren Sadler –’

Curatorial Assistant Job Vacancy

Compiled by Emma-Louise Nicholls, NatSCA Blog Editor

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