Date(s) - 23/05/2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The SHARE Museums East Natural History Network are pleased to offer this unique insight into packing and transporting natural history specimens, and even whole natural history collections. Led by The University of Cambridge Zoology Museum, who are currently undertaking a major redevelopment project, the course will cover:
At a collection level:
- Health and safety issues specific to natural history collections
- How do you assess a whole collection full of diverse material? Case studies will include:
- Colchester natural history stores
- Lapworth Museum of Geology
- Cambridge Museum of Zoology
- Moving whole collections: labelling, documentation, transport, staffing, security etc.
Looking at individual specimens:
- Packing and moving articulated skeletons (from hummingbirds to finback whales)
- Packing and moving fossils, molluscs, skins, taxidermy and fluid-preserved specimens etc.
This hands-on workshop will involve discussions, watching work in progress, handling specimens and taking a tour of all the Zoology Museum stores to see work in progress as staff and volunteers assess, document, clean and pack 4,000,000 specimens ready to be moved into new stores.
You can read more about the redevelopment of the museum on the project blog: Inside the Cocoon
Please use the form below to book. Please note that the start and finish times may change slightly before the 23rd.
Bookings are closed for this event.