The Federation for Natural Sciences Collections Research

The Federation for Natural Sciences Collections Research is an adhoc body set up in 1980 to co-ordinate the activities of regional groups of curators in the UK who then were beginning to survey natural science collections [Botany, Geology, Zoology] in their areas. After two decades a great deal of information has been gathered and published, and this Website has been set up to provide both a searchable national database of collection information, and to provide current and archive information about collections research in the British Isles.

There is an email list for the discussion of matters relating to Natural Sciences Collections Research. To request to join this fenscore list please go to the fenscore list at manchester computing and follow the instructions there.

This site is hosted at the University of Manchester by The Manchester Museum on behalf of the Fenscore Committee. The University of Manchester and the Manchester Museum cannot accept any responsiblity for the accuracy of  the information provided at this site; if you have any comments or enquiries please direct them to the Fenscore Webmaster, and not to The Manchester Museum.

The Webmaster's costs in developing and maintaining this site are being funded by the UK Museums and Galleries Commission. The Fenscore Committee gratefully acknowledge the support of the Directors of MGC and the Manchester Museum.


"Natural Science collections differ in several respects from other cultural collections. They represent neither the history nor the technology of a nation, but the distillation of man's knowledge of his planet. They exist outside cultural and national barriers for all to observe and learn from." - "a global resource"  (Challinor and Kerby, 1984).

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This is a No-Nonsense Site
No pointless graphics, animations, wallpapers or frames
The aim is just plain, solid information, quickly downloaded and easily navigated.

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Page created 9th February 1999 by Charles Pettitt; Last updated 11th November 2001 by CWP