FENSCORE : Federation for Natural Sciences Collections Research

Papers  on the Uses of Collections

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The following papers are placed here in the hope they will assist fellow curators around the world who increasingly are facing questions about the utility of their natural science collections. Please feel free to  download and use the information. If you know of any other different uses of collections,  please do email me about it, as I am still collecting and collating such information.

There are three papers at present, all  by C.W. Pettitt:

1991 - What Price Natural History Collections or 'Why do we need all these bloody mice?'
(in Museums Journal) [This is written for non-scientists, but it did  impress the then Chairman of the UK Museums and Galleries Commission when I gave him a copy to read on the way home - he rang to tell me so!)

1994 - Using the Collections
(in Manual of  Natural History Curatorship) [This  was written in part for non-natural-historians who might find themselves in charge of NH collections, but it is fairly detailed]

1997 - The Cultural Impact of Natural Science Collections
(in Value and Valuation of Natural History Collections) [This is probably the fullest account, with the most references, but all three papers, although repetitive to some degree, do have unique information and hopefully will repay reading]