Donna Young

Donna Young
Donna Young

Curator of Herbarium, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool

Botany section
World Museum
William Brown Street
L3 8EN

Telephone: 0151 478 4269

I have been involved with NatSCA since sitting on the original merger committee of the Biology Curators Group and the Natural Sciences Conservation Group. My main role on the NatSCA committee over the last few years has been organising our annual conference; in 2018 I hand that baton over. My current role on the committee includes membership of the Journal editorial board and NatSCA bursaries/grants sub-committee.

My background is in the conservation of historical herbaria, and I am particularly interested in the methods employed in the preparation and preservation of botanical collections. I have worked on developing collection management training and best practice guidelines, including the NatSCA course ‘Care and Curation of Botanical Collections’. I am very interested in the training and development of those new to the sector, and have previously been a mentor for HLF 'Skills for the Future' natural science trainees.

At World Museum, Liverpool, I am the Curator of Herbarium. My main duty is the care and maintenance of our botanical collection, alongside promoting its importance and facilitating access through loan, research and exhibition. I am currently researching the past, and present use of botanical models. I also act as our venue lead for environmental monitoring.