NatSCA Digital Digest – July

Compiled by Jan Freedman, Curator of Natural History, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives.

Welcome to the July edition of NatSCA Digital Digest.

Where Should I Go?

Dippy is in Newcastle over the summer, so if you haven’t seen this iconic cast, pop on over!

A nice exhibition is on at the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology, Evolution as Inspiration. A mixture of artworks and natural history specimens look at how animals have evolved visual cues.

What Should I Read?

There’s a new book coming out on Britain’s lost ice age giants. The Missing Lynx: The Past and Future of Britain’s lost mammals is out on 11th July. Written by the co-creator of Twilight Beasts, this book explores the history of some of our amazing large mammals that once roamed Britain. Rewilding, ancient DNA, cave fossils and more – it’s a fabulous book (I’ve had a sneak peak!). And well worth one for the reading list!

Six North Atlantic Right Whales have been found dead in the last 3 months. With just 400 individuals left in the world, this species is highly threatened. In museums we are in a unique position to help highlight species at risk, so if you have any North Atlantic Right Whale specimens on display, lets update our labels! Read about it here.

An interesting, and very relevant, Guardian article on decolonising collections in museums. This author (the director of the V&A) says to ‘decolonise is to decontextualize.’ There are many who disagree. Here’s the full article here.

Don’t forget to have a catch up on some of our latest blog posts on…

Turtle conservation

© Becky Desjardins

Making Strawberries Out of Bees Wax

© Annette Townsend

Brexit and the Customs Union

© Leeds Museums and Galleries

Where Should I Work?

There’s a few jobs out there, especially ones if you are thinking of looking for something new!

Events co-ordinator at the British Museum: Not a curator, but an interesting opportunity to try out new skills at event management.

Learning and programme co-ordinator for the Science Museum Group, Manchester: Get out your engagement skills for an interesting job!

Before You Go…

If you have visited an exhibition/museum, have something to say about a current topic, or perhaps you want to tell us what you’ve been working on, please drop Jen an email at Thanks!

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