Ms Clare Valentine

Ms Clare Valentine

Head of Collections, Zoological and Microbial

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates
Contact: email
Phone: +44 20 7952 5521


Collections Management and Care; Collections Standards; Collections Policies and Procedures; Risk Management for Collections; Disaster/Contingency/Salvage Planning; Integrated Pest Management; Collections assessment & surveys; Collections storage and building design.


Roles: Head of Life Sciences Collections Chair of Collections Committee Job Responsibilities and Expertise: I am currently Head of the Life Sciences Collections and Chair of the Museum’s Collections Committee. I have expertise, personal interest and involvement with a number of cross-departmental projects such as the collections store room refurbishments and collections moves; curator competencies and Integrated Pest Management risk zones. I have delegated responsibility for the care, maintenance, enhancement, administration and provision of access to the Life Sciences Collections with my colleague Theresa Howard, (Head of Collections for Entomological and Botanical collections) as well as long-term strategic planning. I am responsible for the line management of collections management staff.



Currrently enrolled for Professional Doctorate, University of Manchester, U.K., 2010 - 2017

MSc, University of Leicester, U.K., 1988 - 1989

BSc, Queen's University of Belfast, U.K, 1984 - 1988

Employment history


Head of Life Sciences Collections (3 year term), Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, 2012 - 2015

Head of Zoology Collections, Natural History Museum, Zoology Department, 2003 - 2012

Collections Manager, Lower Invertebrates, Natural History Museum, Zoology Departmert, 2001 - 2009

Curator of Recent Porifera, Invertebrates 1 Curation Group, Natural History Museum, Zoology Departmert, 1993 - 2010

Curator working jointly for the Mammal Group and Invertebrates 2 Curation Group, (Employed on 2-year contract)., Natral History Museum, Zoology Departmert, 1992 - 1993

Assistant Curator, Natural Sciences, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, 1990 - 1991


Valentine C, Long S, Collins C (2008) Assessing Standards of Collections Care in a multi-disciplinary institution.. ICOM-CC Natural History Working Group Newsletter, February 2008., (16)

Klautau M, VALENTINE C (2003) Revision of the genus Clathrina (Porifera, Calcarea). Zoological Journal of The Linnean Society, 139 (1)doi: 10.1046/j.0024-4082.2003.00063.x

John DM, PATERSON GLJ, EVANS NJ, Ramírez ME, SPENCER JONES ME, Báez PD, FERRERO TJ, VALENTINE CA, REID DG. , (2003) Manual de biotopos marinos de la region de Aysén, sur de Chile. (A Manual of marine biotopes of Region Aysén, Southern Chile. The Laguna San Rafael National Park, Estero Elefantes, Chonos Archipelago And Katalalixar). Biodiversity Aysén Project. London.

Desqueyroux-Faundez R, VALENTINE C (2002) Family Phloeodictyidae. , Hooper JNA, van Soest RWM, Systema Porifera.., pp. 893 - 917. Plenum Press.

Desqueyroux-Faundez R, VALENTINE C (2002) Family Petrosidae. , Hooper JNA, van Soest RWM, Systema Porifera.., pp. 906 - 917. Plenum Press.

Desqueyroux-Faundez R, VALENTINE C (2002) Family Niphatidae. , Hooper JNA, van Soest RWM, Systema Porifera.., pp. 874 - 889. Plenum Press.

Desqueyroux-Faundez R, VALENTINE C (2002) Family Callyspongidae. , Hooper JNA, van Soest RWM, Systema Porifera.., pp. 835 - 851. Plenum Press.

Rapp HT, Klautau M, Valentine C (2001) Two new species of Clathrina (Porifera, Calcarea) from the Norwegian coast. SARSIA, 86 (1): 69 - 74.

Klautau M, Valentine C (2000) Book Review: Sponges of the New Caledonian Lagoon. (Edited by Claude Lévi.). Journal of Natural History, 34 : 157 - 158.

Valentine C (1999) My favourite specimen.. NHM: The Magazine for Members of the Natural History Museum, (16)

Valentine C, Andrew K, Lampard D, Valentine C (1996) Report on the Second World Congress on the Care and Preservation of Natural History Collections, University of Cambridge, 20-24 August 1996.. The Biology Curator, (7)

Kelly-Borges M, Valentine CA (1995) The Sponges of the Tropical Island Region of Oceania : A Taxonomic Status Review.. , Maragos JE, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in the Tropical Island Pacific Region. Volume 1. Species Systematics and Information Management Priorities...

Hooper JNA, List-Armitage S, Kennedy JA, Cook SD (-1) Sponges of the Low isles, Great Barrier Reef: an important scientific site, or case of mistaken identity?. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 44 : 249 - 262.

Kelly M, Edwards AR, Wilkinson MR, Alvarez B, de C Cook S, Bergquist PR, Buckeridge JS, Campbell HJ, Reiswig HM, Valentine C (-1) Porifera.. , , New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity. Volume 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia... Canterbury University Press.

Valentine C (-1) Review of the Pest Control Course held at Luton Museum.. UKIC Natural Sciences Section Newsletter., (2)