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Sharing Stories, Sharing collections: Valuing Biodiversity in Wales

A collaboration between the Sustainable Places Research Institute and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum of Wales (AC-NMW).

Funded by the Natural Environmental Council Valuing Nature Programme, this project investigates how the Economic Botany Collection at National Museum Cardiff can add value to public understanding of biodiversity and contribute to the AC-NMW well-being duty under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, 2015.

Through consultation with members of the public in South Wales, participants were introduced to the Collection and invited to contribute to the Collections Strategy and an emerging framework of value.

The report Sharing Stories, Sharing Collections highlights how bio-cultural collections have the potential to support public understanding and valuing of biodiversity and highlights a number of ways in which the museum's economic botany collection can be developed, in terms of acquisition, display and associated activities.

Along with further integrating the Well Being Future Generations Act Goals into the Collections Strategy, a critical next step for the Economic Botany Collection is digitisation and development of a Digital Strategy. There is also an opportunity for:

  • development of an intergenerational learning programme
  • exploration of research-led Curation opportunities
  • collaboration with other public institutions with Economic Botany Collections and Biocultural Collections (including museums botanic gardens and universities).

Project lead

Dr Poppy Nicol

Dr Poppy Nicol

Research Associate