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.
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 for National Trust. Assisting in drawing up plan for annual assessment of regional property natural history collections in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Then with lectures and leading training days, developing simpler conservation technologies and pest awareness for house staff. Conserving taxidermy (mostly) and other biological and geological specimens. Also teaching the practical courses worldwide, outlined above, in both French and English.