Hello, this blog is from the herbarium at the Manchester Museum. Our intention is to let you know a little bit about what we do here behind the scenes at the museum and share with you the sorts of things we find interesting.
The herbarium itself is a collection of some 650,000 specimens of preserved plants. Most are in the form of pressed specimens on flat sheets. Some are in small packets e.g. the mosses and lichens and some are even 3D e.g. our collection of fruits and seeds.
The collection is mostly Victorian with specimens from all around the world. The collection covers a whole range of plant groups including flowering plants, mosses, seaweeds, fungi lichens.