Rachel Webster, our Curator of Botany has discovered an amazing collection of glass lantern slides of Iceland in the 1930s.The images show a rare glimpse into the pre-WW2 Icelandic landscape and society. They include some of the most iconic volcanoes, such as Hekla and form a snapshot of 1930s Icelanders.
Rachel, myself and Dmitri (our Curator of Arthropods) will be returning to Iceland in August and hope to be able to compare the images to the Icelandic landscape today. These will give us a dramatic insight into climate and cultural change over the last 70 years.
The next step is to gently clean them (thanks to Hetti for starting this process) and then photograph them.