Paul Richards, originally from Leicestershire, began working at Sheffield City Museum in December 1986 as Assistant Keeper, Conservation (Natural Sciences). He had undertaken a brief work placement in the department earlier in the year, from the Leicester University Museum Studies course.
He had previously studied Zoology at University College Cardiff and worked as contract taxidermist at Leicester New Walk museum, Graduate Entomologist at Warwick museum and Assistant Curator of Botany at Ipswich Museum. He also undertook undergraduate research in the National Museum of Wales and a placement in Gloucester museum.
In 1999 he became Assistant Curator of Natural History and Senior Curator of Natural History by 2001. During 2002 – 2006 he was seconded full-time to the Weston Park Museum redevelopment project as team leader for the What on Earth gallery. Paul left Museums Sheffield in 2012.
Paul is primarily an invertebrate zoologist and an active recorder for the Sorby Natural History Society. Over the years he has specialised in beetles, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, and dragonflies. He has more recently published field guides to Millipedes, Centipedes, Woodlice and Harvestmen. His cited collections of these are housed with Museums Sheffield. He is a committee member of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group.