Historic collections containing fossil molluscs

The Natural History Museum’s fossil mollusc holdings include many important collections linked to major characters in the history of palaeontology.

Highlights include:

  • Sowerby Collection, consisting of specimens illustrated in the Mineral Conchology.
  • William Smith Collection, containing the specimens associated with his pioneering mapping of Britain.
  • FE Edwards Collection, which formed the basis for the study British Tertiary, and includes Palaeontographical Society Monograph specimens.
  • Solander Collection, containing some of the first British fossils to be named and described.
  • Sir Charles Lyell Collection of specimens collected from Atlantic Ocean Islands by one of the world’s most-celebrated geologists.
  • Sir Charles Darwin Collection, containing specimens collected from South America during the voyage of HMS Beagle.