Whilst the society may be faced with uncertainty about its future, former president and entomology expert Mark Spencer has long-term plans to modernise the organisation.
Firstly, he told BUzz news he wishes to go digital with the society and have all of the specimens held within the museum put on their website, “we’re still in the 20th century and we’re trying to move on to the 21st,” he said. 2o 20
It will be a lengthy process, requiring each and every specimen (of which there are a vast amount) to be professionally photographed and organised into an online collection.
But Mark is confident this will be a worthwhile investment as it means people can access their collections at any time, as opposed to just the one day a week they are open, and it will help to promote the society as well.
Material used for taxidermy exhibits
The society also wants to use a different kind of material for their taxidermy exhibits, one that will prevent the issue of ‘museum beetle’ – a type of bug which feeds on, among other things, the skin of taxidermy exhibits.
However, there is some conflict amongst the members with this. “Some members prefer the old style of the museum,” Mark said, and thus they are against using a different kind of material for the exhibits.
Nevertheless, he is convinced this is the right decision, “Victorians would use a new kind of material,” he said, if it would be more beneficial to them.
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