NatSCA Digital Digest – March

Compiled by Jennifer Gallichan, Curator of Molluscs & Vertebrates at National Museum Cardiff.

Welcome to the March edition of NatSCA Digital Digest!

A monthly blog series featuring the latest on where to go, what to see and do in the natural history sector including jobs, exhibitions, conferences and training opportunities. 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 an email to

Where Should I Visit?

Monsters Of The Deep opens on 20th March at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall. Really curious to know what people think of this exhibition exploring centuries old myths of Krackens and Giant Sharks. I have also heard that there will be a Coelocanth on display for the first time in Cornwall!

Design For Life at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh explores the fascinating history of Comparative Anatomy and how integral it was to the beginnings of Surgeons’ Hall Museums. The exhibition will run until Easter 2020.

Exploration: From Deep Time to Outer Space is a free exhibition at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, examining how they have explored the world around them, revealing a wealth of life forms, natural processes and phenomena new to western science. It runs until the 15th March.

What Should I Do?

Registration is now open for #NatSCA2020 Conference & AGM! This years conference will be held in Cardiff at National Museum Wales, the theme is ‘Changing the World: Environmental Breakdown, Decolonisation and Natural Science Collections‘. The programme is really shaping up and it is going to be a great conference. Find out more and register here.

The Russell Society are holding a one day symposium on ‘UK Museum Mineral Collections’ exploring perspectives on UK Museums and their Mineral Collections in the 21st Century. The event takes place on 21st March at Woodhouse Community Hall, near Leicester.

The Wellcome Collection, London is hosting a one day conference; Future of Museums: Curation, on the 25th March as part of the Museums Association’s Future of Museum’s series. This conference will “explore how curation is changing and discuss what tomorrow’s museum curators might look like or do.”

Find out more about making the most of your digitised collections content online at a workshop on Digital Storytelling with a collections focus. One of Arts Council England-funded Sector Support programme workshops, provided in partnership with East Midlands Museum Development Service. Register now for the workshop on 2nd April,  National Civil War Centre, Newark.

What Should I Read?

Linking to International Women’s Day on 8th March, this link from last year to BHL‘s Her Natural History: A Celebration of Women in Natural History is a fantastic resource allowing you to Learn more about some incredible women in natural history in a series of blog posts from BHL partners.

Much to reflect on in this post on the GCG blog by Dr Liz Hide, Director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences on How Can We Make Our Precious Collections Available to Researchers? Discussing important questions about how we enable more researchers to use our collections, how can we better support and facilitate research and for many of us working in museums, how we make choices between facilitating research visits and all the other things that pull on our time.

Another interesting post also on the GCG blog by Lu Allington-Jones, Senior Conservator at the Natural History Museum London on the conservation of a fossil tree in the garden of the Natural History Museum, London.

What Jobs Are Out There?

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew are looking for a Summer Science Intern – enhancing Kew’s Spirit collections. Apply by 15th March.

The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge are looking for a Collections Assistant. Apply by 15th March. They are also recruiting for a short term Cataloguing Internship, apply by the 30th April.

National Museums Scotland are seeking a Assistant Curator, Vertebrate Biology. Apply by 16th March.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England are looking for a Museums Department Collections Officer and Museum Department Assistant Conservator. Applications for both are by the 22nd March.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery are looking for an Assistant Curator of Natural Science. Apply by the 30th March.

Before You Go…

We welcome new blog articles so please drop Jen an email at if you have anything you would like to submit.

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