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Ryder ecn2013

  1. 1. Making the world's oldest insect collection accessible Suzanne Ryder
  2. 2. Natural History Museum, London
  3. 3. Darwin Centre II DC II opened in 2009 housing the Entomology and Botany collections
  4. 4. Montagu House The first home of the British Museum, which included Natural History.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753
  7. 7. Other Notable Historic Collections • • • • Alfred Russel Wallace Charles Darwin Sir Joseph Banks Johann Fabricius
  8. 8. Sloane Insect Collection • 18 drawers • 3 bound volumes
  9. 9. James Petiver, 1665-1718 There are two bound volumes containing insect specimens
  10. 10. Leonard Plukenet, 1642-1706 This bound volume is the oldest know insect collection
  11. 11. Condition of the Plukenet volume The fragile state of the pages has been a great concern when handling the volume
  12. 12. Conservation challenges • Some damage to the spine • Pollutant build up • Specimens detached from the page
  13. 13. Cleaning and repairing the pages
  14. 14. The condition of the Petiver Volumes • The book boards have separated • Severe red rot • Pollutant build up
  15. 15. The specimens are preserved between mica sheets
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Questions

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