The Insect Collections Managers Group [ICMG]

The ICMG consists of exactly that, the specialist collections managers of the major insect collections in Britain and Ireland. All insect collection-holding institutions in Britain and Ireland with a dedicated entomology post, should be represented on ICMG. Any active museum staff who are responsible for significant insect collections among a wider range of curatorial duties would be considered eligible to join the group.

The curator of the British Entomological & Natural History Society is a member, providing a link to the amateur entomological community, and NatSCA and the ECN are often represented by committee members at ICMG meetings, providing a conduit to the wider sector.

Our ICMG currently includes representatives from
Bolton Museums
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Manchester Museum
National Museum of Ireland
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Wales
Natural History Museum, London
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
World Museum – Liverpool

• To enable the managers of the largest insect collections in Britain and Ireland to meet each other, discuss common problems, potential ways to resolve these and identify areas which might benefit from standardisation
• To set and promulgate standards of curation and documentation
• To undertake projects in these areas
• To promote cooperation between all holders of insect collections
• To promote and support outreach and training

We have an annual meeting in one our members institutions to progress our aims.
The typical meeting agenda includes
1. Reports from members
2. Reports of other relevant organisations: NatSCA, SPNHC, Buglife, ECN, NBN
3. National and EU initiatives/funding/grants
4. Environmental monitoring and collection care
5. Suppliers of materials and equipment, update changes and additions, etc
6. Loans, losses and thefts
7. Import licensing, Legislation, Permits
8. Surveys/audits of British insect collections/Types
9. Keys and checklists
10. Training

The Group discusses and identifies useful suppliers for the care, use and development of entomological collections including cabinets, drawers, unit trays, plastazote, collecting equipment, chemicals, pins, papers, ink, glues, environmental monitoring equipment etc. A list of suppliers can be obtained from Jeanne Robinson (details below)

We arrange training days in insect collection management for non-specialists.
We produce joint publications to promote work on insect collections
Anyone interested in joining or wishing to contact the group should contact Zoë Simmons (Chair) or Jeanne Robinson (Secretary)