Posted by: henrymcghie | June 6, 2015

Refloating the Ark arrangements

Hello- There are less than two weeks to go until ‘Refloating the Ark’. I’ve attached a copy of the delegate list to this email so you know who to look out for. The presentations will take place in Lecture theatre B on the ground floor of the Roscoe Building, which is about 200 metres from the Museum on Brunswick Street, number 53 on the campus map (if you’re in front of the Museum, cross the road, turn right then left, and Roscoe is the 2nd building on the left, set back from the road):

The campus map also gives details of getting to the Museum and the University by car, train and various other means, and car parking. For those of you still needing accommodation, we are very close to the city centre so it is best to take advantage of any last minute deals with any of the city centre hotels. For those of you who are staying over, there are plenty of places to eat to whatever tastes you have.

Ahead of the conference, here is a tiny bit of homework. One of the sessions, at the end of the first day, is about ‘just what is it we’re here for?’ So, here’s the homework, just a couple of questions to think about, there’s no need to prepare anything:

  • What roles and responsibilities do you think museums with natural history collections, and people who work in them, have in terms of connecting people with nature and environmental sustainability?
  • Are we just ‘breathless zoos’ or are we something more, and if so what?
  • If you had a magic wand, what would you do for nature and for natural history museums?
  • And finally, what motivates you to do what you do?

Please just have a think about one or more of these if you get a minute before the conference. We’ll have a short discussion about this at the end of the first day.

I am away for the next week, so if you have any questions or problems, please email or

For those of you who use social media, please use the hashtag #nature&museums.

Very best wishes, and I’ll see you in a week and a half,



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