Merchants and Museums: Reconstructing museum specimen data through the pathways of global commerce

Simon Ville

Co-investigators:

  • Prof Simon Ville, Chief Investigator from The University of Wollongong
  • A/Prof Anne Clarke, Chief Investigator from The University of Sydney
  • Dr Robin Torrence, Partner Investigator from Australian Museum
  • Prof Deirdre Coleman, Chief Investigator from The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Elizabeth Carter, Chief Investigator from The University of Sydney
  • Ms Vanessa Finney, Partner Investigator from Australian Museum
  • Dr Joshua Bell, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

This project Investigates and reconstructs the trade routes and exchange methods of natural history trading in the nineteenth century. This trade, which involves a diversity of trade and exchange mechanisms, lacks a history; its research will help museum researchers to learn more about the origins and preservation techniques required to maintain rare specimens.

The project is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.