Category: Natural Sciences

Job opportunity: Link4Life

Heritage Officer – Dippy on Tour, A Natural History Adventure (L1828)
Salary: Band 5, £25,902, (pro rata)
Location: Arts and Heritage Resource Centre, Rochdale
Hours: 18.5 hours per week, 2.5 days per week
Contract: 12 months fixed term, with possibility of extension
Closing date: Tuesday 8May 2018

 The Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur skeleton, Dippy will be visiting Rochdale in 2020.

Your role will be to lead on the creation, development, management and delivery of the community engagement programme related to Dippy’s visit to Rochdale. You will be expected to manage the project, from the initial planning stage through to the final stage, liaising with a range of partner organisations and multiple stakeholders throughout the process.

A significant aim of the role is to engage visitors with the key themes of the Dippy Programme, ensuring that the community have a sense of ownership of the project.  You will consult different communities to develop and, where needed, deliver a range of exciting events and activities linked to the exhibition, and to the wider aims of Touchstones Rochdale. The post holder will be expected to enable activities and events to be as ambitious and accessible as possible to all residents from within the Borough and to attract the many visitors from outside the Borough that will be visiting Rochdale during the Dippy project.

In addition, the post holder will be expected to take a flexible approach to work in order to meet groups out of the usual office hours.

Please visit for further details and to download the Application Form.  If you do not have access to the Internet please telephone 01706 926268 / 926215 to request an Application Form through the post, quoting the job reference number above.

All applications must be made using the Link4Life Application Form, CVs are not accepted.





Tender Opportunity: Dippy On Tour – A Natural History Adventure

Exhibition design
Fee: Up to £37,800
Deadline for Quotations: 5pm Friday 30th April 2018
Commencement: Initial timetable established July 2018
Contract Duration: Exhibitions open October & December 2019

An exhibition and interpretation design company is required to develop and deliver Dippy on Tour at Touchstones to open at Touchstones Rochdale in Dec 2019 with smaller taster exhibits opening in October 2019.

Dippy on Tour will see the Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton tour the country to eight venues during 2018 – 2020. Dippy will be present in Rochdale from February to June 2020 (the penultimate venue), representing the North West leg of the tour. Dippy will be located at Number One Riverside, Rochdale Borough Council’s award winning customer service centre, library and office building. The project is being run by Rochdale Borough Council, in partnership with Link4Life, an independent charity which manages the Borough’s culture, heritage and leisure services.

In addition to displaying Dippy at Number One Riverside, the Dippy on Tour North West Team have committed to developing an accompanying exhibition and interpretation at Touchstones Rochdale, the Borough museum and art gallery located close to Number One Riverside. The exhibition will be run for the duration of Dippy’s visit and it is our intention that visitors will experience both Dippy and the exhibition as part of their visit to Rochdale.

To see the full brief please visit

Tender Opportunity: Dippy On Tour – A Natural History Adventure

Bid development, activity planning & fundraising
Fee: Up to £20,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses
Deadline for Quotations: 5pm, Friday 9 March 2018
Commencement: It is expected the work will commence Monday 19 March 2018
Contract Duration: April 2018 – March 2019

Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council are working together to deliver Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure in the North West.

Dippy on Tour will see the Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton tour the country to eight venues during 2018-2020. Dippy will be present in Rochdale from February to June 2020 (the penultimate venue), at Number One Riverside, representing the North West leg of the tour.

Link4Life, a registered charity, is leading fundraising and activity development for the programme in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and are therefore seeking to appoint a consultant to develop a Second Round HLF bid, produce an Activity Plan and deliver the £300,000 in matched funding required to deliver our ambitious programme.

To see the full brief please visit

The Bill Pettit Memorial Award

NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £2,000 of grant money, is available to NatSCA members this year to support projects including the conservation, access and use of natural science collections.

Charles Arthur William ‘Bill’ Pettit (1937-2009) started his career with the National Institute of Oceanography but moved to the Manchester Museum in 1975 to become Assistant Keeper of Zoology. In his time at Manchester, Bill worked tirelessly for the collections and was instrumental in projects such as FENSCORE as well as numerous publications. It is in recognition of his commitment to natural science collections that we would like to offer this annual award.

Each project will be considered on its own merits by the NatSCA committee and the committee’s decision, including not awarding any money that year, will be final. To apply please put together a 700 word project proposal, which must include:

  • The name, contact details and status (e.g. charity, individual, local authority) of the applicant
  • The project title and proposed outcomes and benefits
  • How the project supports conservation, or access to and use of Natural Science collections
  • Detailed costs
  • Accurate timescale (including any work undertaken so far and the project end date)
  • Details of other funding/match funding already secured for the project


Grants will be considered on an annual basis in January.

Deadline for 2017 applications: Friday 17th November

Successful applicants are required to produce a report/article on their project for publication in either NatSCA Notes & Comments or the Journal of Natural Science Collections before payment.

Applications are open to NatSCA individual or institutional members only.

Please contact David Gelsthorpe (, 0161 3061601) for further information or to submit a grant application.

Bringing the Dead to Life: How to display museum natural science

Friday 22 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm
University College London

The Natural Science Collections Association (the SSN for natural science) is running a talks-and-discussion day on putting on exhibitions. It’s called ‘Bringing the dead to life: how to display museum natural science’ and will be a day of talks discussing how to best put on an exhibition of natural science. 

Topics include object label writing, using live animals in displays, raising corporate sponsorship and audience consultation. It should be interesting for anyone working in any museum discipline – not just natural science.

Costs: £20 for NatSCA members (£40 otherwise).

To find out more and book your place visit the conference website.

Job Opportunity: Manx National Heritage

Curator: Natural History
Salary Scale Pay Band 14 – £28,556 to £33,417\
Job Ref: MNH – 005511

Manx National Heritage is looking for a creative professional to look after our island’s Natural History collections. Apply now if you are passionate about encouraging a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world and putting audiences at the heart of everything we do.  

Join the curatorial team at Manx National Heritage to manage and develop our diverse natural history collections and biological records which are an exceptional record of the Isle of Man’s distinct flora and fauna.

You will be responsible for ensuring best practise in collections care, documentation, research and interpretation. 

An expert in your field of collections-based science you will demonstrate a high level of scholarship and creative ability to engage audiences.

While the natural history collections are based in Douglas – Isle of Man – you will be expected to lead on natural science provision at all MNH sites, where appropriate, as well as working with island partners to raise awareness of the island’s biodiversity.

Manx National Heritage is a diverse organisation with wide-ranging responsibilities and is committed to providing a professional, inclusive and socially engaging heritage service for the Isle of Man.

Further details of the post can be obtained from Kirsty Neate on Tel: 01624 648024.

Knowledge, Training & experience required for the post:

Graduate level qualification in natural sciences or a related subject – Essential

Postgraduate qualification in a relevant biological discipline or museum /heritage studies – Desirable

A driving licence is essential.

How to Apply

For further information about the vacancy contact Kirsty Neate, Head of Professional Services – Manx National Heritage, on 01624 648024.

To apply online please visit or to obtain an application form and job description contact Mr George Corrin, Recruitment Officer, Office of Human Resources, on 01624 685274 or e-mail

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th July 2017.

Interview expenses will be met for this role; however a relocation package is not available.

Freelance opportunity: Executive Producer, “Dippy on Tour”


Fee: £25,000 – £30,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses
Deadline for Quotations: 17 February 2017
Interviews: 24 February, to be held in Rochdale
Commencement: It is expected the work will commence 1 March 2017
Contract Duration: 12 months

Link4Life have a really exciting opportunity for a freelance Executive Producer to work with them to develop fundraising and programming for the North West residency of ‘Dippy on Tour’.

In November 2016 the Natural History Museum announced its intention to tour its iconic Diplodocus cast ‘Dippy’ to 8 venues as part of their new strategic focus working nationally to engage audiences with culture, nature and science, inspire a new generation of scientists and build capacity in natural history museums across the UK.

The North West Residency is being delivered by Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough Culture and Leisure Trust which includes Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery) and Rochdale Borough Council. Dippy will be located in Number One Riverside, an award winning customer services building between February and June 2020. Rochdale was selected following a competitive bidding process, which saw 90 venues from across the country apply to host the iconic exhibit.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver an expansive programme of activities in the lead up to and to accompany the residency in order to engage communities both locally and across the North West and leave a legacy long after the project.

Information about the opportunity, including background to the Dippy on Tour residency can be found here:


Job Opportunity: World Museum, Liverpool

Tanyptera Regional Entomologist
Salary – £25,034
Fixed-term for 5 years
Deadline: 16/01/2017 12:00

Are you passionate about insects and wildlife conservation?

Would you like to share this passion with more people?

The Tanyptera Trust and National Museums Liverpool are looking for an exceptional person to promote the conservation of insects and other invertebrates in North West England.  As well as your enthusiasm, you will be a capable entomologist with good field skills and will be excellent at communicating with fellow enthusiasts, specialists, conservation organisations and the wider public.

The post holder will be based in the Entomology section of World Museum (Collections and Estates Division) and will initially be managed by the Director of World Museum.  The post holder  will work actively across Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The post and project will report to a group comprising the Director of World Museum (or nominated representative) and three external appointees of the Tanyptera Trust.

For more information about the role visit the National Museums Liverpool jobs page


Rochdale’s 2020 vision helps secure world famous exhibit


One of the most famous museum exhibits in the world is heading to Rochdale as part of an unprecedented national tour.

The Natural History Museum’s famous diplodocus skeleton ‘Dippy’, which has been seen by tens of millions of visitors since it was first presented to the museum in 1905, is leaving the museum for the first time to go on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale’s Number One Riverside has been selected as one of just eight host venues around the country.

The council’s award-winning customer service centre, office building and central library will welcome Dippy from February to June 2020 and will be the only North West stop on the tour.

Rochdale was selected following a competitive bidding process, which saw 90 venues from across the country apply to host the iconic exhibit. The bid was led by Rochdale Borough Council in partnership with Touchstones Rochdale Museum and Art Gallery.

The main aim of the tour, which is being supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation, is to use Dippy as a way of inspiring people to get involved in science and encourage more youngsters to study the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and take up careers in STEM industries.

Cultural and educational activities focussed around the key themes of origins and evolution, sustainability and climate change and biodiversity will be put on at each venue to coincide with Dippy’s stay.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This must be the first time an internationally famous museum exhibit has been placed in a council building and I think it is fantastic. In doing this, both ourselves and the Natural History Museum are bringing the natural collection right to people’s doorstep and that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our young people, many of whom would not be able to see these incredible artefacts in their usual home.

“Rochdale might seem like an unconventional location for Dippy, but we have a compelling story to tell. As a place which was at the forefront of the industrial revolution, we inadvertently damaged the environment, but we are now leading the way in a sustainable development and our host venue Number One Riverside, which has a number of environmentally friendly features, is probably the best example of that.”

Darren Grice, Head of Culture, Health and Participation at Link4Life, said: “At Touchstones Rochdale we are always looking for opportunities to excite, educate and inspire people through learning about our past and thinking about our future. Hosting Dippy in Rochdale provides us with a unique opportunity to do just this. Not only will people across the North West be blown away by the awe inspiring scale of a Dippy, we can create a real conversation around climate change, biodiversity and their impact on the world in which we live.”

Katrina Nilsson, Head of National Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum, said: “Rochdale is the perfect location for the Dippy on Tour. Nestled in the Pennines, this market town has a long history of industry and scientific endeavour. As the Natural History Museum’s tour partner in the North West we are sure Rochdale will attract people from across the region to come and see Dippy, and most importantly, to get out and explore nature on their doorstep.”

To find out more about Dippy on Tour in Rochdale, including how businesses can support the visit, please visit:

Call for papers: Journal of Natural Science Collections

The next volume of the Journal of Natural Science Collections is due to be published in December 2016. If you would like to contribute a paper, please contact,  the guidelines for authors available here.

The deadline for submissions to guarantee publication in this volume of the Journal is 31 August 2016. Papers submitted after this date may not be accepted.

NatSCA welcome papers on any topic relevant to natural science collections, their care, use, and interpretation.