Jack Ashby

Jack Ashby
Jack Ashby

Manager, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

University Museum of Zoology
Downing Street
+44 (0)1223 761344

As an active member of the NatSCA committee, I enjoy being involved with all areas of museum work for the Association, particularly communications, public engagement and collections management. I also take responsibility for evaluation for NatSCA. I am particularly interested in the ways that museums provide a window on the natural world, and the possible biases that exist in the ways that museums talk about wildlife.

I am the Manager of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, with strategic overview of their varied activities – developing the Museum as both a valuable academic resource and an excellent public venue, while caring for the collections responsibly. A large area of my work is to find ways to integrate the historic natural history collection and museum space into current academic teaching, research and public engagement programmes across the sciences, arts and humanities.

My key zoological in interest in the natural history of Australia and its mammals (where I regularly undertake fieldwork), as well as the role of museum collections in the history of the teaching of and public engagement with zoology. I am on the Council of the Society for the History of Natural History.

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