23rd April 2019 – Meet The Team: Honorary Archivist

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Gina Douglas

This week for Meet the Team, we speak to Gina Douglas FLS (honoris causa) who is the Hon Archivist and the Hon Editor for The Linnean.

What are the key parts to your role?

As the Hon Archivist, I am the “corporate memory” holder.

As the Hon Editor, I solicit content, bring together and edit submissions and book reviews for The Linnean. The Linnean is one of our Fellow's only publications, published twice a year.

What do you like most about your job?

I get to keep in touch with Linnean Society activities.

How did you end up in this job?

I served as Librarian & Archivist from 1982 to 2007 and Acting Exec sec. for 2008.

What is your favourite species of animal or plant?

Linnaea borealis of course!

Drawing of Linnaea Borealis
Drawing of Linnaea Borealis

What is the most interesting item to you in the Linnean Society collections?

Unexpected rather than “interesting”: the shrapnel fragments that were found in the Library after wartime bombing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What spare time? Retirement is all “spare time” but baking for the Society evening meetings is one of many continuing activities that keep me busy…