Natural Interest: Using Natural Science Collections to Engage Audiences

Venue: Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery  Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

11 March 2015 10am (for a 10.30 start) to 4.30pm

This free course is funded by CyMAL and provided through the Linking Natural Science Collections in Wales partnership project.

It is open to staff and volunteers working in museums in Wales and beyond.

It is suitable for anyone who:

  • Wants to think creatively about how to use natural science collections
  • Is already working with natural science collections
  • Is interested in making links to local landscapes/wildlife groups
  • Wants to tackle current issues such as biodiversity and climate change
  • Wants to make links between natural science collections and social/industrial history etc.

Aim: To offer insight into creative ways of using natural science collections to engage key audiences.


Merthyr Tydfil Cyfarthfa and Gardens by User: Perceval – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Details of useful resources
  • Ideas for using their collections
  • Greater confidence in their ability to use natural science collections to engage with key audiences, including schools, communities and specialist groups.

Training Methods: 

A blend of presentations, practical exercises, informal discussion and one to one consultancy.


Please come with an idea of what is in your natural science collections (e.g. geology, zoology, shells etc.)


Paolo Viscardi, chair of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and deputy keeper of natural history at the Horniman Museum. Paolo runs a blog to interact with people interested in natural sciences, which includes a popular ‘mystery object’ each week.


Registration requests are limited to 2 per organisation however we are happy to waitlist any others in the event the course is not fully subscribed. Please contact to book a place.

NB a charge of £10 for catering will be made for those working in museums outside Wales. Any cheques to be payable to ‘Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales’.

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