Inaugural Meeting 1976
I recall, that it was Eric Morton who worked at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle, who with a few others, organised a one-day symposium on ‘modern taxidermy’ which was held on April 8th 1976 and all the then ‘great’ and ‘good’ of UK Museum Taxidermy attended along with a few commercial workers of note.
The meeting quickly evolved into serious discussion about the future of taxidermy in the UK, which is really why the meeting was convened (in secret) in the first place, and at the end of the day, the outcome was the formation of a ‘Guild of Taxidermists’, a title which stemmed from my suggestion put forward. A working party was appointed to drive this concept forward and shortly after that, an official committee who really got down to the business of sorting things out in a well thought out and positive way.
Bari Logan, 2020
This meeting was held at Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, Nottingham on 11 June 1976. Its aims were to:
- have a membership of museum and commercial taxidermists;
- promote taxidermy as an art;
- liaise with other organisations;
- hold an annual competition;
- organise training schemes, seminars and symposiums;
- produce a directory of taxidermists;
- formulate an examination and grading system;
- produce an information publication.
The Guild's first two-day symposium was held in 1977 at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Attendance was about 30 and the event proved to be such a success that a symposium was deemed an annual event.
This two-day symposium was held in March 1978 at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh.
Attendance was 45 and again, proved a great success.
This one-day seminar was held at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on 27 October 1978.
Attendance was 53 travelling from as far as Dumfries and Ireland.
This symposium was held at the University of Nottingham and Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum in Nottingham from 22nd to 24th March 1979.
Attendance was 91 of extremely enthusiastic people ranging in age from 14 to 64.