2016 ICOM NATHIST Board Nominations

At our 2016 Annual General Meeting, we will vote in the members of the Board of ICOM NATHIST. All position are up for re-election, and all current members are standing for another 3-year term. Any ICOM NATHIST member in good standing may run for any position. There are also additional “Member at Large” positions that…

ICOM NATHIST and SPNHC Formalize Collaborations

The International Council of Museums Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the aims of both organizations. Among the initiatives covered in the MOU are: Mutual ex officio representation on the respective Boards…

Update on the Japan Earthquake

Many across the museum sector are concerned about the welfare of Japanese heritage after the recent sever earthquakes. We have received the following update: The JCSM (Japan Council of Science Museums) Secretariat checked, at least two nature science museums had serious damage. In the Kumamoto prefecture, there are 4 member museums. The other member museums…

Global Thunderclap for International Day for Biological Diversity

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is organizing a worldwide “Thunderclap” to support the International Day for Biological Diversity on the theme “The Pyramid of Life” The Biodiversity is Us project wants to make as much noise as possible this year to raise awareness on biodiversity loss. What makes this year so special? WAZA…

Earthquake in Kumamoto

The recent 7.3 Kumamoto earthquake and many associated aftershocks have been continuing even after more than two weeks. Our colleagues from ICOM Japan report that at the moment, many nationally designated cultural properties have been effected, including 42 Important Cultural Properties(38 buildings, 4 arts and crafts), 1 Special Historic Sites (Kumamoto Castle), 29 Historic Sites,…

Fire Destroys New Delhi Natural History Museum

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those effected by the tragic fire that destroyed the Natural History Museum in New Delhi last week, in which the entire collection has been lost. We are grateful that staff remained safe. Although firefighters were able to bring the flames under control before it reached the museum…