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Unlocking the vault: making the most of scientific collecitons
Mon, Jun 26, 2017, 11:00 AM – Tue, Jun 27, 2017, 12:00 PM BST
Science and natural history collections include objects, specimens, models and illustrations which are a goldmine of useful information and inspiration. They are immensley popular with the public, but are often cared for by non-specialists who can perceive them as difficult to work with. There is a danger that these collections can be forgotten, underused and undervalued.
Join us for this two day conference looking at the innovative ways in which collections are being used. Speakers from historic collections across Europe will be joining us to discuss best practise in the use of scientific and natural history collections. We will be exploring ways to connect people to collections for greatest impact.
The conference is part of the programming to support Object Lessons, our upcoming exhibition celebrating the scientific model and illustration collection of George Loudon. Each of these finely crafted objects was created for the purpose of understanding the natural world through education, demonstration and display. This exhibition combines Loudon’s collection with models from Manchester Museum and World Museum, Liverpool. The conference is generously supported by the Wellcome Collection.
Confirmed speakers include:
Dr. Tim Boon, Science Museum Group
Pof. Dirk van Delft, Boerhaave Museum
Dr. Martha Flemming, V&A Museum
Dr. James Hopkins, The University of Manchester
Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven, The University of Manchester
Dr. Laurens de Rooy, Museum Vrolik
Dr. Marjan Scharloo, Teylers Museum
Dr. Cornelia Weber, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof. Yves Winkin, Musée des arts et métiers