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29th Annual Meeting for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) from Sunday, June 22 to Friday, June 27, 2014 in Cardiff

March 15, 2014

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, in partnership with the Natural Sciences Collections Association and the Geology Curators Group, are honored to be hosting the 29th Annual Meeting for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) from Sunday, June 22 to Friday, June 27, 2014 in Cardiff. The conference will be held at Cardiff Millennium Centre located in Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront development and in Cardiff City Centre at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Registration is now open – https://www.regonline.co.uk/spnhc2014

We are working on an exciting programme - http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/spnhc2014/programme/ - and the theme of SPNHC 2014 is Historic Collections: A Resource for the Future. We also have other activities and events planned including fieldtrips, workshops, tours of the museum collections, icebreaker and of course the banquet.

The Workshop for this conference will be’ Legal aspects of shipping preserved animals and tissues’ - http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/media/30765/Shipping_workshop_SPNHC-2014.pdf

Special sessions include;

Historical special collections. Collections are at the heart of what we do. This session will be a celebration of our historic collections, and the role they continue to play in a modern world.
A special ‘mini symposia’ from iDigBio and the Small Collections Network (SCNet) ‘Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Small Collections in Biodiversity Digitization Initiatives’. For more information on theme please http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/media/30587/iDigBio-Symposium_SPNHC2014.pdf (Session confirmed for Wednesday).
Access and outreach to Natural History Collections – The museum world is changing. Just in the last 30 years, the museum community has seen a shift in their public audience base from passive observers to active participants. How can/do we respond to these challenges?
Historical insect collections. The re-curation and conservation of historic entomological collections is a minefield of damaging good intentions. If you’ve ever asked yourself “what’s so important about pins?” then you need to be at this session.
Managing Archives & Special Collections in Natural History Museums.
University Museums dedicated session – such museums have long played an important role in the development of natural history collections.
Conservation – museum conservation in the natural sciences has come a long way in the last 25 years.
Advocacy special session coordinated by NatSCA. We are in challenging times financially and politically. So how do we make our relevance to society clear to our funding bodies? (Confirmed for Thursday).
A special session of the Emerging Professionals Group – an opportunity for established professionals to get together with emerging professionals.
Special interest groups including ‘iDigBio Working Groups and SPNHC SIGs: Collaborating to further digitization efforts’ and the ‘sustainability of preservation environments’.
§ The popular ‘Democamp’ returns, providing an opportunity for the practical demonstration of software, equipment and techniques. For further details and information on submissions for the Democamp - http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/media/30586/SPNHC2014DemoCamp-call-for-abstracts.pdf .

Abstracts for papers and posters - can be submitted via the website – http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/spnhc2014/submissions/

We invite you to join us in the land of the Red Dragon / y Ddraig coch in June 2014!

Best wishes / dymuniadau gorau,

The Conference Organising team


Mae pob neges ebost a anfonir i neu gan Amgueddfa Cymru yn cael ei
sganio gan systemau diogelwch awtomatig er mwyn rheoli negeseuon
digymell a dileu cynnwys amhriodol neu beryglus. Cafodd y neges hon ei
sganio am firysau cyn ei hanfon, ond dylech hefyd fodloni'ch hun bod y
neges, a phob atodiad ynddi, yn rhydd o firysau cyn ei defnyddio gan
nad yw'r Amgueddfa'n derbyn cyfrifoldeb am unrhyw golled neu ddifrod o
ganlyniad i agor y neges neu unrhyw atodiadau. Gall y neges hon ac
unrhyw ffeiliau a atodir ynddi gynnwys gwybodaeth gyfrinachol a
fwriadwyd ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig. Os ydych chi wedi derbyn y
neges trwy gamgymeriad, rhowch wybod i ni a chofiwch ddileu'r neges.
Safbwyntiau personol yr awdur yw'r safbwyntiau a fynegir yn y neges
hon, ac nid ydynt o reidrwydd yn cynrychioli safbwyntiau'r Amgueddfa.
Nid yw'r Amgueddfa'n atebol am unrhyw wallau, llygredd neu esgeulustod
a allai godi wrth drosglwyddo'r neges hon, felly na ddibynnwch ar y
cynnwys heb geisio cadarnhad ysgrifenedig yn gyntaf .

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