Addresses a number of questions about the natural world and how we relate to it, as exemplified in the collections of biological and geological material held in museums and scientific institutions throughout the world. The book explores the scientific, cultural and monetary values of natural science collections with the primary aim of informing and influencing Government of those collections policy on the care, use and development of those collections. The input of thought, knowledge and experience has produced a focused consensus output in the form of a set of recommendations. These recommendations have been presented to the United Kingdom's national museum advisory body, The Museums and Galleries Commission. It is hoped that these might also be taken to equivalent governmental organizations in other countries. This will reflect both the international representation at this conference, and the international currency of knowledge represented by natural science collections. Also available: Four Centuries of Geological Travel: The Search for Knowledge on Foot, Bicycle, Sledge and Camel - Special Publication no 287 - ISBN 186239234X The Making of the Geological Society of London - Special Publication 317 - ISBN 9781862392779 The Geological Society of LondonFounded in 1807, the Geological Society of London is the oldest geological society in the world, and one of the largest publishers in the Earth sciences.The Society publishes a wide range of high-quality peer-reviewed titles for academics and professionals working in the geosciences, and enjoys an enviable international reputation for the quality of its work.The many areas in which we publish in include:-Petroleum geology-Tectonics, structural geology and geodynamics-Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology-Volcanology, magmatic studies and geochemistry-Remote sensing-History of geology-Regional geology guides
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