NatSCA Digital Digest – July

Compiled by Lily Nadine Wilkes, NatSCA Volunteer.

Welcome to the July 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. We are really keen to hear more about exhibition launches, conferences (live or virtual) and webinars, and new or interesting online content. If you have any top tips and recommendations for our next Digest please drop an email to

What To See & Do

The ‘Insectarium: Fascination and Fear’ exhibition present artwork on the feelings that insects inspire in us. If you can’t make it to Aberlady, Scotland, you can view the art online here.

If you’re looking for something crafty to do there are plenty of online workshops to take part in. With the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 14th July at 8pm participate and enjoy ‘Drawn to Nature: Conservation’. In this online event you will hear about the art of conservation before taking a chance to draw some natural history specimens. The Natural History Museum are offering making sessions where you can create a crochet dinosaur or make your own plant pot.

The Museum Galleries History Group biennial conference “Museum Networks and Museum History” is online from 14-16th July 2021. For more information and to register, go to their website.

What to Read

The Tetrapod Zoology Podcast has a fascinating read on their website ‘Reminiscing About Walking with Dinosaurs’. This blog comes in two parts: read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

This wonderful blog by the Geological Curators’ Group shares curation “hacks” discovered through Covid in 2020 and invites readers to share their own. Read all about them here.

Job Vacancies

National Museums Northern Ireland is looking for a Senior Curator of Natural Sciences to take a role in defining and implementing a new strategic direction for the natural sciences collections. Find out more here. Closing date for applications is 18th July 2021.

Radnorshire Museum, based in Llandrindod Wells is looking for an Assistant Curator to assist and support in documenting and caring for collections, provision of displays and exhibitions for visitors, and enquiries. Find out more here. Closing date for applications is the 3rd August 2021.

The Science Museum Group have two collections based roles on offer. The first is a Senior Collections Services Project Manager based in the Science Museum, London, and the second is as a Documentation Officer at National Science & Media Museum (NSMM) Bradford, or the Science & Industry Museum (SIM) Manchester.

Before You Go…

If you have any top tips and recommendations for our next Digest please drop an email to

Similarly, if you have something to say about a current topic, or perhaps you want to tell us what you’ve been working on, we welcome new blog articles so please drop Jen an email if you have anything you would like to submit.

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