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rocks in a display produced by a skilled natural science curator.
I had hoped they might have got around to collating, recording and publishing a list to reflect the rapid extinction of the skilled naturalist in UK's provincial and national museums. If they have a list, they've certainly kept it quiet. And so, in the week of their annual conference in London I feel it is appropriate to publish an open letter to their chairman, Paul Brown of The Natural History Museum, urging NatSCA to do more to highlight the near-destruction of a generation of natural science posts, and their replacement with a small handful of "collections assistants" who know little or nothing about the objects left in their care when skilled curators are kicked out.