Welcome to Natural-History-Conservation.com based in the UK.

We offer a range of services to the museum and heritage industry including, but not limited to, the following:


Our contact details are here
You can find more details about us and our work at the bottom of this page

Examples: If you would like to see examples of some of our recent conservation projects please select from the options below.

Examples of Training courses:

  • Training in fluid-preservation techniques at Reading University’s Cole Museum of Zoology
  • Simon Moore's four day fluid preservation course that took place at the Horniman Museum from the 12th to 15th December 2011.
  • Training in the conservation of fossil and geological mateial
  • A one-day training course in the conservation of fluid-preserved specimens at the Horniman Museum, London
  • A four-day training course in the conservation of fluid-preserved specimens at the Horniman Museum, London, 2010
  • A four-day training course in the conservation of fluid-preserved specimens at the Horniman Museum in December 2011
  • Fluid Preservation course, Cambridge 2010
  • Training in fluid-preservation techniques at Oxford University Natural History Museum, April 2006
  • How to mould and cast Museum Specimens
  • The conservation of herbarium specimens
  • The conservation of pinned entomological specimens
  • Other training courses


  • The conservation of taxidermy specimens, fluid preserved specimens etc:
  • Conserving taxidermy specimens for Ludlow Museum Resource Centre.
  • Undertaking the conservation of specimens in Beatrix Potter's Natural History cabinet at Wray Castle in the Lake District.
  • Repair of specimens at the Cuming Museum, London, after a bad fire.
  • Repairing an elaborately decorated French fruit knife inlaid with nacre and mother of pearl etc.
  • Repairing Arthur the Siberian Bear at Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey.
  • Remedial conservation of taxidermy specimens at Winchester College and the Wakes Museum
  • Remedial conservation of an Adelie penguin in The Oates Collection
  • Remedial conservation of Jade Trees at Snowshill Manor (National Trust)
  • Cleaning, conserving and repairing a King Penguin for Worcester Museum
  • Conserving fluid-preserved fish specimens for Cambridge University’s Zoology Museum
  • The cleaning, conservation and repair of corals, molluscs and other specimens for an exhibition in Sheffield
  • Conserving silk moths at The Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire
  • Conserving the St Agnes Museum turtle, Sam
  • Celloidin repair of a Rhizostome jellyfish
  • Conservation report and remedial treatment of specimens, the Stewart Museum, Pocklington.
  • The cleaning and repair of a monkey and rat for Haden Hill House
  • The conservation and restoration of skeletons, heads and full taxidermy specimens for Haselmere Museum
  • Conservation assessment and treatment of natural history collections at Audley End House
  • The conservation and cleaning of taxidermy and fossil specimens for Calke Abbey
  • The conservation of cased taxidermy specimens for the Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery in Bournemouth
  • Conserving the crucifix of Sandham Memorial Chapel
  • Conserving the crucifix of Christ Church, North Shields
  • Conserving and repairing a historic engraved nautilus shell
  • Skin and Bone - Natural History Week at Tatton Park
  • Work undertaken in 2005 for the National Trust
  • Work undertaken in 2005 for English Heritage and other organisations
  • Work undertaken in 2004 for the National Trust
  • Miscellaneous Projects


  • Collection surveys:
  • Reviewing and identifying a thousand fossils for Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
  • Undertaking a Conservation Assessment Survey of the geological collections at the University of Bangor.
  • Undertaking a conservation assessment of the collections at the Lapworth Museum of Geology at Birmingham University to provide methodologies, costs and timings for decanting and re-storing the collections.
  • Assessing skeletons on display in The University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology to provide methodology and costs for decanting during proposed refurbishment.
  • Advising Colchester and Ipswich Museums in regards to packing, moving and re-storing their natural history collections (approx. 500,000 specimens).
  • Assessing the preventive and remedial conservation needs of the Palaeontology collection at Doncaster Museum, and providing advice regarding recuration and storage.
  • Collections surveys and 'Collection Level Descriptions'.
  • Conservation survey of the geology collections of Dorset County Museum and undertaking certain conservation projects
  • Collection survey for York Museums Trust.
  • Assessing and describing the geology collection at St Albans Museum Service (over 4,000 specimens)
  • Assessing and describing the geology collection at Hitchin Museum Resource Centre (over 5,000 specimens)
  • Recent Conservation Surveys


  • The preparation, conservation and mounting of Jurassic and Cretaceous fossil reptiles and invertebrates:
  • Repairing and installing an articulated Pteranodon skeleton, hanging from the ceiling.
  • The preparation of strange fossil material for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and Lyme Regis Museum.
  • The remedial conservation of specimens suffering from pyrite decay, and designing relevant preventive conservation protocols.
  • The conservation of a 7ft long ichthyosaur skeleton at Wells and Mendip Museum.
  • Conserving and remounting a plesiosaur skeleton for the Hunterian Museum, and changing the metal mount
  • Preparing and conserving an important six-foot long Plesiosaur skeleton for Somerset Museum
  • Repairing, conserving and remounting an Edmontosaurus skeleton for the National Museums of Northern Ireland
  • Conserving fossil marine reptiles for Dorset Museum in Dorchester
  • Conserving a complete ichthyosaur skeleton for a private collector
  • Conserving and remounting an ichthyosaur skeleton for Kings Lynn Museum
  • Dismantling a large wall-mounted ichthyosaur skeleton for the Hancock Museum, Newcastle
  • Conserving and preparing geological and palaeontological material at the Natural History Museum, London
  • Mounting the skull of a large pliosaur, and undertaking some preparation
  • The investigation, conservation and remounting of a large ichthyosaur for Dorset County Museum
  • The cleaning, conservation and repair of a very large Titanites ammonite
  • The cleaning, repair and conservation of the huge Ichthyosaurus crassimanus skeleton prior to its redisplay in York Museum


  • The preparation, conservation and mounting of Mammoths, Giant Deer and other fossil mammals:
  • Preparing, conserving and creating permanent storage media for Mammoth material for Bradford University
  • Conserving a badly damaged giant deer skeleton for Durham University
  • Making a new mount for a narwhal tusk for the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
  • Cleaning, repairing and re-mounting a large giant deer skeleton for Edinburgh Museum
  • The cleaning, extensive repair, remounting and installation of an historically important Giant Deer for National Museums Scotland.
  • The West Runton Elephant Conservation Project, for Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
  • Cleaning and conserving a giant deer skull and antlers, and modelling-in the missing tines
  • Repairing, conserving and remounting a giant deer skeleton for the National Museums of Northern Ireland
  • The repair, stabilisation and mounting of a small mammoth tusk
  • The preparation of a large Pleistocene Bovid skull and horn cores
  • The cleaning, repair, conservation and mounting of a Giant Irish Deer skull and antlers for the National Museums of Northern Ireland
  • The conservation, cleaning and preparation of Pleistocene fossil mammal specimens from Southfleet Road 'elephant site'


  • The cleaning, conservation and repair of osteological specimens:
  • Cleaning, repairing and rebuilding a large broken Aepiornis egg
  • Cleaning scrimshaw on a dolphin skull, for the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology
  • The conservation assessment of a mounted 70ft long finback whale skeleton, and advising on its cleaning, dismantling and remounting.
  • The cleaning, repair and remounting of a badly damaged skeleton of a Heavy-Footed Moa, for Leeds Museums.
  • The cleaning of two whalebone arches for the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • The cleaning and repair of skulls and skeletons in the Museum of Anatomy
  • Repairing the skeleton of "Bowed Joseph"
  • Mounting the Mary Rose Dog
  • Cleaning the skeleton of Burke "The Bodysnatcher and Murderer"
  • Cleaning the skeletons and skulls of modern elephants for Edinburgh University
  • Conservation of geological and osteological specimens for display for the Thinktank museum in Birmingham


  • Making or changing mounts for skeletons and other specimens:
  • Making a new metal mount to securely hold a narwhal tusk to a wall, for the Grant Museum of Zoology (University College London).
  • Securing to the wall a large plaster cast of a pike caught by Ted Hughes, for Cambridge University.
  • The cleaning, repair and remounting of a badly damaged skeleton of a Heavy-Footed Moa, for Leeds Museums.
  • Conserving and remounting a plesiosaur skeleton for the Hunterian Museum, and changing the metal mount
  • Cleaning, repairing and re-mounting a large giant deer skeleton for Edinburgh Museum
  • The investigation, conservation and remounting of a large ichthyosaur for Dorset County Museum
  • The cleaning, extensive repair, remounting and installation of an historically important Giant Deer for National Museums Scotland.
  • Conserving and remounting an ichthyosaur skeleton for Kings Lynn Museum
  • The conservation and repair of a late 19th Century whalebone arch in Dorset.
  • Conserving fossil marine reptiles for Dorset Museum in Dorchester
  • Making supportive mounts for the Holme Timber Circle - 'Seahenge'
  • The repair, stabilisation and mounting of a small mammoth tusk


  • The preparation and conservation of Late Miocene fossils in Abu Dhabi:
  • Working in Abu Dhabi, conserving the largest fossil specimen ever to have been found in the United Arab Emirates
  • Conserving Miocene fossils for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey
  • Excavating and preparing a partial skeleton of a 6,000 year-old blue whale skeleton in Abu Dhabi
  • The conservation and preparation of fossil Miocene elephant specimens from Umm al-Ishtan, for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey
  • Conserving a partial skeleton of Stegotetrabelodon syrticus in Abu Dhabi
  • Excavating a 4 metre long skull and partial skeleton of a huge whale in Abu Dhabi


  • Palaeontological conservation in the field, and organising fieldwork logistics:
  • Excavating, jacketing and lifting sub-fossil specimens from an early Pleistocene site for the Ancient Hominid Occupation of Britain Project
  • The excavation and conservation of a Palaeoloxodon antiquus tusk for Swan Valley Community School, Kent
  • Excavating a 4 metre long skull and partial skeleton of a huge whale in Abu Dhabi
  • Conserving and preparing dinosaur material for the BBC on the Isle of Wight, and organising the fieldwork logistics
  • Lifting a bison skull at Swanscombe, Kent, at short notice for Oxford Archaeological Unit
  • Organising fieldwork logistics to excavate a Neanderthal site in Gibraltar for the Natural History Museum, London
  • Conservation specialist for a five-month long Middle Palaeolithic mammoth excavation in Norfolk
  • Fieldwork logistics in the Antarctic, and excavating Holocene penguin sites.


  • The conservation of whalebone arches:
  • Undertaking conservation assessments of whale bone arches.
  • The cleaning, consolidation and rebuilding of a 5-metre high whalebone arch for Buscot Estate
  • The cleaning, consolidation and rebuilding of whalebone arch in Workman Park, Evesham, 2005
  • The conservation and repair of a late 19th Century whalebone arch in Dorset.
  • The cleaning of two whalebone arches for the Scool of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh.


  • Moulding and casting natural history specimens, and modelmaking:
  • Various moulding and casting projects
  • Various modelmaking projects
  • Making a mould of an ancient Etruscan head and casting copies for North Hertfordshire Museums Resource Centre.
  • Making rhino horn replicas for the Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park, Kent, and installing them.
  • Moulding rhino horns to produce replicas for display
  • Cleaning and conserving a giant deer skull and antlers, and modelling-in the missing tines
  • Moulding (and making casts of) the long, thin, delicate fin rays of the largest bony fish ever to have lived! Leedsichthys, from the Jurassic period.
  • Conserving a large fossil fish, and modelling-in some missing areas - for Bedford Museum
  • Making supportive mounts for the Holme Timber Circle - 'Seahenge'
  • Training course: How to Mould and Cast Museum Specimens


  • Conserving information and making it accessable by creating searchable databases of natural history collections:
  • Documenting 2,140 ice age mammal bones from the Lynford Neanderthal site, for Norwich Castle Museum
  • Scanning and documenting 1,000 images taken by Hallam Ashley FRPS, for Norwich Castle Museum
  • Cleaning, conserving, identifying and documenting the Ice Age mammal fossils at Narborough Heritage Centre
  • Documenting 1,600 erratics for Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collection Level Description of geology for St Albans Museum Service (over 4,000 specimens)
  • Collection Level Description of geology for Hitchin Museum Resource Centre (over 5,000 specimens)


  • Information about Nigel Larkin, Simon Moore and the work of Natural-History-Conservation.com:
  • About us: our careers and specialisms
  • Our contact details
  • Our publications
  • Various press cuttings
  • Nigel Larkins TV and Radio work
  • Some genuine unsolicited positive feedback


  • Recent clients have included:

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    For more details about what we can do for you, or for a quote, please contact us at: enquiries@natural-history-conservation.com
    We are members of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and the Institute of Conservation (formerly United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works).