Historical and biographical work on the collectors who contributed to our collections started with Davy Dean (1930s), Peter Dance (1960s), Alison Trew (1976-1999), and the present staff Harriet Wood and Jennifer Gallichan continue this tradition. Past projects included Melvill's New Names, Tomlin's New Names, Smith's New Names and the Adam brothers New Names, all published as Museum publications by Alison Trew.