Journal Article

  • The impending crisis for botanical collections held by local authorities: origins, consequences and potential solutions
    Hall, Geoffrey
    NatSCA Notes & Comments, Issue 1, pages 1 - 7

    The origins of the crisis affecting the future of botanical collections held by Local Authorities are examined, using the midlands of England as an example. Severe cuts to local authority budgets have reduced funding, directed local political process, changed museum priorities and resulted in the extinction of botanical curators. The effect of recent events on the botanical community and its use of botanical materials are examined. Recent developments are considered and potential solutions outlined, particularly the role of local natural history societies.

    Keywords: Herbaria, botanical collections, local authority, political process, public engagement