NEW DATES: Please note that the Conference has been postponed to 4 – 10 June 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined the SPNHC 2020 Virtual Conference, which took place from 8 – 12 June 2020!

The meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and International Partner – BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) and National Partner – NatSCA (Natural Sciences Collections Association) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


National Museums – A Centre of Global Excellence

The vision of George Wilson, the first director of what is now the National Museum of Scotland, was for “a museum of the world in relation to Scotland”. This statement, delivered two years after the museum was founded in 1854 is as true today as it was then.


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

RBGE’s extensive Herbarium numbers nearly three million specimens representing half to two thirds of the world’s flora. These specimens have been collected during a period of over 300 years, from nearly every country in the world. In addition to dried plants the Herbarium houses a spirit collection of more than 7,000 specimens.

Welcome to Edinburgh


The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections [SPNHC] is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society.

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