Herbarium Films

Beautiful Botany now starring on @VisitMM twitter

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We challenged our inventive Visitor Team staff to find the beautiful botany on the galleries at Manchester Museum and share it on twitter. Here are a few highlights!

 

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Pretty good, eh? I wonder what they’ll spot next?

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Herbarium Films 4

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Here are some more ‘behind the scenes’ videos from the botany stores.

In this first clip, Leander shows you round the area where the liverworts and fungi are stored.  Please excuse the boxes cluttering up this space – they are being temporarily stored here while some maintenance work is being carried out in the top tower room.  The clip ends with a trip upstairs to the mezzanine and the collection of mosses.

This clip shows where the majority of the European flowering plants are stored together with our collection of  exsiccatae (books of dried and pressed plant specimens).

Herbarium Films 3 – The Library

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In this clip Leander shows you our secret library, hidden behind the cupboards of lichens and crytogams.  All the books in the herbarium library were catalogued onto the John Rylands University Library database and are searchable through their website.  The books are available for consultation and reference and can be viewed, by appointment, at the museum’s Resource Centre.

Herbarium Films 2

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Here are some more short videos shot in the herbarium.

This first clip is taken in what we refer to as the British corridor, although in truth it has more boxes of European flowering plants than British (we do have another corridor referred to as the European corridor which contains exclusively European flowering plants).

In this second clip Leander shows where the Leo Grindon and Algae collections are stored, and shows some examples of interesting specimens from those collections.

Herbarium Films 1

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Over the past week we have been very busy making a series of films to show you behind the scenes of the herbarium at The Manchester Museum.  Although we admit the clips are far from professional, we do feel they have a certain charm…

Leander introducing the herbarium and showing off some of our Charles Darwin specimens.

Leander introduces Charles Bailey, Cosmo Melvill and Leo Grindon – the three main contributors to the herbarium’s collection