Significance of historical collections

Contemporary value and relevance of historical collections

This covers studies on diatom ‘hard-parts’ - the silica valves and girdle, especially the fossil remains.

The specimen collections at the Museum are particularly important, as they represent ‘anatomical’ specimens rather than voucher material collected for another purpose. The scientific problems requiring study of this material testifies to the contemporary value and relevance of historical collections.

Botany staff involved in this project:

D M Williams