Welcome to the March edition of the Digital Digest! Without further ado…
Booking is open for the 2016 NatSCA Conference and AGM, ‘The Nature of Collections – How museums inspire our connection to the natural world‘, which will be held at the Derby Museum & Art Gallery and The Silk Mill on 21 – 22 April.
We have invited papers and posters looking at how museums have inspired and shaped the relationship of visitors and users of the collections to the natural world:
- Projects between wildlife/environmental organisations/parks and museums.
- The training & developing of naturalist skills using collections.
- Artists projects connecting collections/gallery to outside spaces.
- Looking at the relationship between natural history societies, their collections & museums.
- Exhibition examples linking preserved specimens and our environment.
The Early Bird deadline is TODAY (Thursday 10 March), so get booking and save money!
If you’re not yet a NatSCA member, now is a great time to join – you can purchase membership and get the member’s conference rate for the same cost as a non-member ticket! See our membership page to join.
If you are a member, email the NatSCA Membership Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your booking discount code.
Geologist, Scarborough Museums Trust. A great opportunity for any rock and fossil enthusiasts! Application deadline: Friday 8 April.
Research and Data Coordinator in Science Policy (CITES), Kew. One of a selection of interesting posts currently on offer at Kew, the application deadline for this post is Wednesday 16 March.
Around the Web
A taxidermy warehouse in London was broken into on Tuesday this week, and 18 specimens were stolen. The Met police are appealing for information: http://news.met.police.uk/news/help-needed-to-trace-stolen-stuffed-animals-154850
DNA from museum specimens confirms a new species of forest thrush.
Why was the pink-headed duck’s head pink? Museum specimens reveal the secrets of this extinct species.