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State of the Union! Natural History Museums 2014

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:16 +0000

Reposting of an article I wrote for the NatSCA website in my capacity on the #NatureData Coordinating Committee, summarising the ‘State of the Union’ for natural history museums following the SPNHC 2014 conference. At the end of June was a rather special event; the coming together of three subject specialist networks (SSN), the¬†Society for the […]


Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: August 2014

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:00:22 +0000

Welcome welcome to this month’s Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month. The mission of this blog series is to temporarily shine the spotlight on underwhelming fossil fish specimens from the Grant Museum collection. It’s not that the Grant Museum collection is particularly underwhelming, most fossil collections are made up of huge archives of fragmentary, broken […]


Culture Vulture: Digital Revolution at the Barbican

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:00:22 +0000

It’s been a while since we had a culture vulture review on the blog. For the uninitiated we share our thoughts on recent museum exhibitions and displays to demonstrate that we don’t all get put into a cupboard at the end of the day. Last weekend I made my way down to the Barbican Centre […]


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