Simon Moore ACR
My interest in Biology specimen conservation started during my sixth form period carrying me forward to a career at the Natural History Museum for 23 years and then a further 18 at Hampshire County Council's Museums Service before becoming totally freelance. I have also worked in the same discipline for the National Trust since 1993 and annually assess and conserve their biological materials on an annual basis, region by region.
I also lecture and teach practical courses in fluid preservation - both the theory and practical sides, also taxidermy conservation and also for dried pinned insects.
'I really enjoyed the fluid preservation course and had a fantastic time'.
Many thanks Simon for another fabulous taxidermy conservation course. I think I may have found my calling in conservation! It now remains for me to convince the people of Ireland to have their taxidermy conserved instead of skipped!
Dear Simon, Thank you very much also for your last email. You have been very supportive since the first day we met. I will keep you updated on developments, in case I do not manage to organize the course on fluid-preserved collections, I assure you that I will organize your seminar in the new museum, so you will have the opportunity to see the glass cage, the beauties of Naples, the sea. It's the least I can do for you, for supporting me in important technical decisions related to the conservation of our historical collections. Good job, and thanks again.
Andrea TravagliniCuratore Collezioni Zoologiche Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli
Thanks Simon – it was a brilliant four days, really enjoyed it and have come back buzzing to get into the spirit store!
I really enjoyed the 2020 fluid preservation course at Bristol. Extremely useful for collections care too.
Thanks for this! I really enjoyed the fluid preservation course last week, thanks so much for letting us join in!
Many thanks for your excellent fluid preservation course, I very much enjoyed it. Especially all the nifty techniques and tools you showed us and the time you took to answer any questions that we had during the practical work. And also it was a pleasure meeting you.
CGLI Advanced certificate in Histology at Paddington Technical College. An extremely useful and very relevant qualification and directly related to my work even though it may not sound very grand. This opened up the biochemical world of biological tissues, anatomy and some physiology, considerably advancing my knowledge and later, my career.
Natural History Museum (London) working in histology and preservation section, curator of coelenterata (cnidaria). This involved comparative anatomy skeletal work, fluid preservation technologies (and development), histology (serial sectioning) of small invertebrates; also microslide specimen conservation, freeze-drying of specimens, curation of cnidarian specimens (both wet and dry). Publishing results of research papers in both conservation technology and curatorial (taxonomic) updating.
Senior Conservator of Natural Sciences at Hampshire County Council Museums Services. More diverse work conserving all forms of natural history specimens using fluid, taxidermy, entomology, freeze-drying techniques and constantly developing new technologies and publishing results.
Ongoing freelance work, some for National Trust. Then with lectures and leading training days, developing simpler conservation technologies and pest awareness for house and other staff. Conserving taxidermy (mostly) and other biological and geological specimens. Also teaching three different practical courses worldwide, outlined above, in both French and English.