West Midlands Biological Collections Review

Introduction

Between 2013 and 2015 this review aims to get a snapshot of the biological collections held in the West Midlands, including their significance, useage and condition, and to offer practical assistance with these collections. The project is funded by Arts Council England and managed by Birmingham Museums Trust. In many ways, it continues the work of the Regional Geology Review carried out during 2009 to 2012, focusing this time on biological collections.

The review aims to visit every museum with biological collections in the West Midlands. At each institution the reviewer will fill in a form that has been adapted from the Significance 2.0 framework. This form is written up into a report that records the significance, useage and condition of the collection and provides tailored advice to the museum on improvements in these areas.

The outcomes for the project are:

  • Up to 55 institutions that will receive tailored advice on caring for and using their biological collections
  • A report summarising the significance, useage and care of biological collections in the West Midlands
  • A guide to caring for biological collections aimed at non-specialist custodians
  • A wider network and online presence for biological collection custodians and others with interests in these collections, such as naturalists.

Contact

Luanne Meehitiya, Natural Sciences curator at Birmingham Museums

e: luanne.meehitiya@birminghammuseums.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 121 202 2251