Museum Entomology

20 January 2007 10:30 - 16:00

Location: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

Event description

A series of talks on the entomological activities of museums, with behind the scenes tours. The aim of the day is to give amateur entomologists an opportunity to see what goes on inside museums, to see the facilities available and air their views on museum and their collections.

11.00am History of the Hope
Dr George McGavin, Assistant Curator, Hope Entomological Collections, O.U.M.N.H.
A talk on the 148 year history and the future of the Hope Entomological Collections, the second largest insect collection in Britain.

11.30am: Beetles at the Natural History Museum
Max Barclay, Curator Coleoptera, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London
An introduction to the collections of the Natural History Museum, London one of the largest collections of beetles in the World.

12.00pm: From collection to the web
Mike Wilson, National Museum of Wales
Digital imaging is transforming the use of museum collections. An example from a project to image the world "sharpshooter" leafhoppers will be discussed.

LUNCH (not provided)

1.30pm: World Museum Liverpool
Guy Knight, Zoology Curator, World Museum Liverpool
The entomology department was recently refurbished with access by the general public and amateur entomologists to collections in mind.

2.00pm: View from the Outside
Mark Telfer
The amateurs view on Museum collections, access and usage.

2.30pm: Museum standard specimen preservation
Darren J. Mann , Collections Manager, Hope Entomological Collections, O.U.M.N.H.
The reputed oldest pinned insect in the World is 304 years old. Museum standard practices for specimen preparation and preservation; such as type of pin, labelling card and mounting agents are critical for the longevity of insect specimens.

3.00pm: Discussion. Accessibility to collections, how can museums be more user friendly?
Improving links between the Amateur and the Museum

3.30pm Collections Tour
A behind the scenes look at the Hope Entomological Collections, including Dr Livingstone's Tsetse fly, the 304 year old Bath White butterfly and the Verrall-Collin fly collection. See for further details.

Organisation details

This event was not organised by the AES. Please contact the event organiser if you have any queries.

Event organiser: The British Entomological and Natural History Society

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