The Federation for Natural Sciences Collections Research is an adhoc body set up in 1980 to co-ordinate the activities of regional groups of curators in the UK who then were beginning to survey natural science collections [Botany, Geology, Zoology] in their areas. After two decades a great deal of information has been gathered and published, and this Website has been set up to provide both a searchable national database of collection information, and to provide current and archive information about collections research in the British Isles.
"Natural Science collections differ in several respects from other cultural collections. They represent neither the history nor the technology of a nation, but the distillation of man's knowledge of his planet. They exist outside cultural and national barriers for all to observe and learn from." - "a global resource".