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These are links to other sites which we hope will be of interest and use. Currently under compilation, do contact our  web manager  if you have any recommendations for any additions.

SHNH does not take any responsibility for the content of any of these sites.


Nature societies online:  A directory of British and Irish natural history and related societies

This online directory from London’s Natural History Museum Website lists a wide variety of general natural history and subject specific organisations in Britain and Ireland. Local, county and national groups and societies are represented.

Societies are searchable by name, keyword (for example ‘natural history’, ‘birds’, ‘insects’ etc), initial letter or region. You may compile a list of societies by clicking the add link associated with each society. This will build a list for you, that can be sent as an email or printed.

Resources

Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life

Darwin Correspondence Project
You can read and search the full texts of more than 7,500 of Darwin’s letters, and find information on 7,500 more. All are being published in the complete edition of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt et al. eds, Cambridge University Press).

Darwin Manuscripts Project
On this site you will find the manuscripts that record Charles Darwin’s work as a practicing scientist.

Linnaeus around the world
Stories and articles linked to other organisations that, in one way or another, are connected to Linnaeus providing a valuable resource for Linnaeus researchers and others – topics covered include culture, the arts, nature, geography, peoples, travel, ethnography, history, the sciences and adventure.

Linnean Collections of the Linnean Society of London online
A digital archive of unique material relating to the society’s priceless collections of specimens, manuscripts and letters, enabling full global access for investigation allowing researchers to rapidly check details of the specimens on-line, including morphological details and written data.

Royal Society – Turning the pages gallery
The ‘Turning the Pages’ gallery has high quality scans of some of the important and beautiful manuscripts in Royal Society’s collection. The latest scans include scientists exploring the world: ‘Scientific travellers’.

Alfred Russell Wallace Correspondence Project
Collating Wallace’s letters and making them freely available through an online portal.

Societies & Organisations

The British Society for the History of Science
The BHBS works to bring together people with an interest in the histories of science, technology and medicine and their changing relationship with society.

CILIP – Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
CILIP is a professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers.

The Geological Society
The Geological Society of London is the UK national society for geoscience, providing support to over 10,000 members in the UK and overseas. Founded in 1807, we are the oldest geological society in the world.

The Geological Society – History of Geology Group
The History of Geology Group (HOGG) encourages interest in the lives and work of those scientists and philosophers who influenced both the study and the practice of geology.

History of Science Society
The History of Science Society is dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context.

The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology
ISHPSSB brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science.

Linnean Society of London
The Linnean Society encourages debate, research, publications, and meetings, as well as maintaining internationally important historical collections in the biological sciences.

London Natural History Society
Activities focus on the diverse wildlife of the London area. The website has useful links to other websites, with a focus on specialist natural history societies and similar amateur societies as well as a Recording and Mapping page.

Natsca
The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK based membership organisation and charity. Its mission is to promote and support natural science collections, the institutions that house them and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all.

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK based membership organisation and charity run by volunteers from the membership.

NatSCA’s mission is to promote and support natural science collections, the institutions that house them and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all.

– See more at: http://www.natsca.org/about-us#sthash.xuGgnsrf.dpuf

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK based membership organisation and charity run by volunteers from the membership.

NatSCA’s mission is to promote and support natural science collections, the institutions that house them and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all.

– See more at: http://www.natsca.org/about-us#sthash.xuGgnsrf.dpuf

Natural History Network
Natural History Network aims to grow a vital community of thinkers, teachers, and practitioners. We can support one another by trading information and ideas through projects, publications, and meetings.

National Trust
The National Trust protects some of the most important spaces and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Royal Society
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
SPNHC is an international organization devoted to the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections.

Museums & Libraries

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

CILIP – Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
CILIP is a professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers.

Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.

Museums Association
The Museums Association is a membership organisation for everyone working in museums, galleries and heritage.

Natural History Museum – Centre for Arts and Humanities Research
The Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR) supports and develops research into the historical, cultural, social and economic significance of the Museum’s science, archives and library collections.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Libraries forms a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. The Libraries unites 20 libraries into one system supported by central collections support services. We maintain publication exchanges with more than 4,000 institutions worldwide that supply Smithsonian scientists and curators with current periodicals, exhibition catalogs, and professional society publications.

University of Cambridge Museums
The University’s collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public.

University of Oxford Museums

 

Image: Acorns © Dr Pat Morris