1966 to present Collection Manager
Division of Higher Invertebrates
Natural History Museum.
1964 - 1966 A Levels
Our Lady of Sion Convent,
Job responsibilities and expertise
Responsible for the curation, conservation and interpretation of the collections of the Invertebrates I Dvision, comprising the Mollusca, Bryozoa and Comparative Anatomy collections (c.9.5 million specimens).
Manage a team of 3 curators. Oversee the divisional work experience/volunteer programme.
Particular expertise in the identification and interpretation of historical (especially type) molluscan material; good knowledge of handwriting/curation methods of early collectors and the associated archives.
Identification of tropical marine gastropods. Served on Society for the History of Natural History.
Council 1991-1994, 1997-1999, 2009 - present and as Secretary 1999-2004.
- Reorganising the dry bivalve collections in the S.W.Basement Corridor, Waterhouse Building
- Overseeing the incorporation of the backlog of non-marine molluscan material (c.100,000 lots).
- Listing the 5000+ genera in the NHM molluscan collections for import into KeEmu
- Producing an Access list of bivalve types for import into KeEmu
- Data-cleaning Mollusca registration records for import into KeEmu
- Contribution to planned publication by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle on The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo
- Member of consultative team interpreting the 18th century collections held at Hatchlands House, Surrey. Supported by the Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art
- Digitisation of the Zoological collections of the Linnean Society, London
Key positions held (current)
Honorary Curator of the Zoological Collections, Linnean Society of London
Membership Secretary, Society for the History of Natural History (Council member 1991-94, 1997-99, 2009-2011 and as Secretary 1999-2004)
Media & public understanding of science work
“Behind the Scenes” tours and talks, Corporate Hospitality, Friends of the NHM etc.
Talks and presentations on the Sloane and Banks shell collections, often in collaboration with the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research.
Press interviews and couriering of specimens for touring exhibitions, including Pearls - A Natural History an AMNH exhibition mounted in:
- Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. October 27th, 2007 - 10 March 2008.
- The Allure of Pearls - Abu Dhabi International Pearl Festival, 10 December, 2006 - 27 January 2007
- Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia, 8 April 2006 - 6 August 2006
- National Science Museum (NSM), Ueno, Tokyo, Japan, 8 October 2005 - 22 January 2006
- Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 05 - June 26 2005
- Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, September 18 2004 - January 09 2005
- Midland Center for the Arts,Midland, Michigan. March 13 - July 25 2004
- Houston Museum of Natural Science,Houston, Texas, USA, September 27 2003 - January 18 2004
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 22 to July 13 2003
- Field Museum, Chicago. June 28 2002 - January 05 2003
- American Museum of Natural History, New York. October 13 2001 - April 14 2002
Involvement with the development and condition monitoring of the “Enlightenment” Gallery, King’s Library, British Museum; loan of historical material from the NHM Sloane, Banks and Cracherode collections for long (30+ years) display; continuing liaison with BM curators on gallery talks etc.
Meetings, workshops organised:
Biology Curators Group study tours to:-
- Paris (old displays) 1993
- Amsterdam/Leiden (old storage) 1994
- Brussels 1995
- Paris (new displays) 1996
- Vienna 1997
- Leiden (new storage) 1998
- “Paper, Glue & Print” meeting at the Natural History Museum 1995
- Society for the History of Natural History meeting on Sir Hans Sloane at the Jamaican High Commission 1995