Mrs Amelia MacLellan

Amelia MacLellan
  • Curator, Mollusca
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

2001 - present      Curator, Higher Invertebrates Curation Group, Mollusca

1998 - 2001           Assistant Curator, Higher Invertebrates Curation Group, Mollusca

1998                        Volunteer, Higher Invertebrates Curation Group, Mollusca

1997-1998             Volunteer, Hancock Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


1995-1998               BSc (2nd Class Honours) Marine Biology, 
                                   University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Current Projects

Spondylus americanus

Spondylus americanus Hermann, 1781. West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Armes Collection

The Armes Collection

In 2007 we received a donation of approximately 40,000 shells, mainly from the Florida area, collected and obtained by Mr & Mrs Armes over the last 40+ years.

The collection contains many beautiful shells accompanied by excellent locality information.

Working with a team of museum volunteers we are rehousing the shells and labelling them with up to date scientific names and all of the associated location and collection information.

Conus delanoyi

Holotype of Conus delanoyi Trovão, 1979.  BM(NH) Reg.No. 1986194

The Conus type collection

For the last year Ms Kathie Way, the Collection Manager, and myself have been working on the Conus type collection, verifying the status of the material in the collection and making sure all citations are up to date.  We are hoping to publish a list of all of the material in the NHM Conus type collection on the web by the end of the year.

Curatorial Responsibilities

Curatorial Responsibilities

  • Curation of dry and spirit preserved marine molluscs
  • Interpretation of historical material
  • Providing expertise and specialist knowledge of the mollusc 
    collections to visiting researchers and when answering 
    scientific and public enquiries
  • Divisional integrated pest management and environmental
    monitoring representitive
spirit preserved specimens

Spirit preserved specimens of Mimachlamys varia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Specialist Interests

The History of the NHM Mollusca Collections

Carved Nautilus pomilius

Carved Sloane Collection Nautilus


I am particularly interested in the history of the NHM Mollusca Collections which began in 1753 with the Collection of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), whose collection formed part of the nucleus of the British Museum at its inception.

Other notable donations came from the Duchess of Portland, Sir Joseph Banks and Hugh Cuming.

The Collection grows year on year with material collected by researchers working at the NHM and donations from other researchers working world wide.

Continuing here is a brief history of the NHM Mollusca Collections PDF (1.6 MB)