2020 – what a year! Well done on getting through it, and a heartfelt thanks from me for all of the fantastic blog contributions this year. We saw a marked increase in online engagement when the first lockdown hit, with more of you reading and engaging with our blog page than in any other year. I have very much enjoyed reading all of the articles, and I hope you have too.
To reflect on the year, here are your Top Ten most read NatSCA blog articles from 2020. Covid obviously features, as well as a strong focus on discussions surrounding decolonising collections. I am also pleased to see that there is a healthy dose of solid natural history conservation practice this year. I know I have taken great solace from the fact that no matter what was happening in the world, time seemed to stand still the minute I entered the stores. I hope that focusing on the practicalities of caring and conserving our collections has been a healthy and hopefully reassuring distraction from the craziness surrounding us all.
Written by Lu Allington-Jones, Senior Conservator & Chelsea McKibbin, Conservator, at the Natural History Museum, London. Detailing the spectacular conservation of the slice of giant sequoia tree which is on display in Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum.
Written by Ranee Om Prakash, Senior Curator – General Herbarium IV, Algae, Fungi and Plants Division, Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum. Introducing us to some of the strange and interesting objects from the herbarium.
Written by Caitlin Jenkins, MSc Conservation Practice student, Cardiff University and volunteer at National Museum Cardiff. Taking us through the surprisingly complicated job of conserving a wallaby skeleton.
Written by David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Science Collections, The Manchester Museum. Kicking off a year of conversations about decolonising collections with his thoughts on how to go about the process.
Written by Yvette Harvey, Keeper of the Herbarium, Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Garden Wisley. Continuing the decolonising journey, looking at stories about some of the revered plant collectors from a different perspective.
Written by Jack Ashby, Assistant Director of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. Summing up a year of decolonising conversations. Looking at ways to celebrate the true diversity of all the people that were ultimately responsible for making museum collections.And still in the top spot for the most read blog of all time is the legendary…
All of our blog posts are still available for a read on our blog page.
Many thanks to all the contributors that have helped to make 2020 such an interesting read. I very much look forward to receiving more of your stories in 2021. If you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.