and Conservation of Natural History Collections
David Carter is Collections Manager, Entomology Department, The
Natural History Museum, London. Annette Walker is Assistant Director
of the International Institute of Entomology.
Plant material - dry preserved
Invertebrates - dry preserved
Vertebrates - dry preserved
Fluid preserved collections
The museum environment
Policies and procedures
This book covers the physical care of botanical and zoological collections
for scientific teaching and display purposes with emphasis on preservation
for scientific value.
A wide range of international experts with hands-on experience of
collections have been chosen to contribute chapters on the care
and conservation of both dried and fluid-preserved collections of
plant material, vertebrates and invertebrates. The emphasis is on
remedial conservation, ie the employment of best practice to prevent
or arrest the long-term deterioration of specimens to preserve their
scientific and cultural worth. Special chapters will cover the fields
of genetic material, pest control, the museum environment - policies
and procedures, with appendices on such topics as documentation
and disaster planning.