Banks Herbarium

The second major historical collection within the Museum’s Botany Department is that of Joseph Banks. 

What does the collection include?

  • His own substantial collections from the voyage of HMS Endeavour.
    These were the first botanical collections from Australia and New Zealand and are of great current interest.
  • Early collections he bought before his herbarium came to the Museum.
    These include those of Clifford, Clayton and Hermann, all previously studied by Linnaeus.
  • Collections made by the many plant collectors sent out from Kew largely at Banks’ own expense.
    Examples are Robert Brown’s collections from Australia and those of Francis Masson from South Africa.