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  • Making the world's oldest insect collection accessible Suzanne Ryder
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • Darwin Centre II DC II opened in 2009 housing the Entomology and Botany collections
  • Montagu House The first home of the British Museum, which included Natural History.
  • The Waterhouse Building c1890 The Natural History Collections separated from the British Museum, Bloomsbury to move to the new Natural History Museum in South Kensington.
  • Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753
  • Other Notable Historic Collections • • • • Alfred Russel Wallace Charles Darwin Sir Joseph Banks Johann Fabricius
  • Sloane Insect Collection • 18 drawers • 3 bound volumes
  • James Petiver, 1665-1718 There are two bound volumes containing insect specimens
  • Leonard Plukenet, 1642-1706 This bound volume is the oldest know insect collection
  • Condition of the Plukenet volume The fragile state of the pages has been a great concern when handling the volume
  • Conservation challenges • Some damage to the spine • Pollutant build up • Specimens detached from the page
  • Cleaning and repairing the pages
  • The condition of the Petiver Volumes • The book boards have separated • Severe red rot • Pollutant build up
  • The specimens are preserved between mica sheets
  • The future of these bound collections • Complete the remedial conservation • Digitise these volumes • Make these collections virtually accessible • Possible molecular investigations • Possible limited physical access and display
  • Questions