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SPNHC conference 2005

10 June 2005

Realising Standards – SPNHC 2005
The 20th annual conference of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 12-18 June 2005.

An international conference dedicated to preserving the world’s natural history collections will be hosted by the Natural History Museum, 12-18 June 2005, for over two hundred curators, collection managers, conservators and other museum professionals.

The ‘Realising Standards’ conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and provides a forum for all those interested in the care and management of natural history collections. International experts will host presentations and workshops to tackle broad collections’ issues, including current standards of care, collection condition and sharing best practice in collection management.

The conference will be opened by Professor Lord May of Oxford OM AC Kt PRS and will combine formal presentations with technical sessions. Workshops will focus upon standards, risk and integrated pest management. In addition, the Natural History Museum will provide tours of some of its 70 million specimens, including those of Sir Hans Sloane, Sir Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. The tours will also include the opportunity to visit the museum’s palaeontology conservation unit, libraries and off-site zoology collection.

Visits to other major UK natural history institutions will include the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, the Horniman Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum’s daughter museum the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum.   

The conference is being organised by the Natural History Museum in conjunction with the Natural Sciences Collections Association, the Geological Curators Group and ICOM-CC Natural History Collections Working Group.

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