Module 5: Curation of ethnobiology collections
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LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
DURATION AND DATE: Lunch-to-lunch meeting, 24-25/06/2013
TRAINERS: Pat Griggs, Mark Nesbitt (Kew), Luba Dovgan Nurse (Denmark).
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING: Many natural history museums contain artefacts and raw materials demonstrating use of natural materials by humans. These present special challenges to curators in storage, cataloguing, ethics and law, funding, and deterioration and conservation. This short course tackles these questions through modern museum methods, and the experience of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew (UK). The course is relevant to both plant and animal collections.
12.30- 13.45 Lunch
13.45 -14.15 Introduction
14.15-15.30 Tour of Economic Botany Collection to cover:
- History of such collections
- Current user profiles
- Acquisitions policies
- Relationships with indigenous communities
16.30-17.00 Legal and ethical aspects
17.00-18.00 Cataloguing and data standards
18.00-19.00 Break for local hotel check-in (optional drinks in The Botanist pub)
19.00-20.30 Dinner at ASK restaurant on Kew Green
09.30-11.00 Introduction to agents of deterioration
Material specific to plants/animals
11.30-12.30 Packing and storage
13.30-14.30 Developing user communities
(15.30-16.30 Optional tour of herbarium and library)
COSTS: There is no registration fee. Lunch will be provided for all participants on the day of arrival and the day of departure. Transport and accommodation costs must be covered by the participants.
For more information, please contact: kim.jacobsen [at] africamuseum.be or larissa.smirnova [at] africamuseum.be