Ref NoDF BOT/409
Alt Ref NoDF409
TitleExhibitions in the Botany Gallery
DescriptionThis series contains the correspondence and papers raised by John F M Cannon (b 1930) during the renewal of the Botany Gallery, between 1956 and 1962.
Related MaterialAssociated papers are in DF406/16 and in the Exhibition Officer's Project Files.
Held_ByNHM Archives
AdminHistoryThe old Botany gallery on the second floor of the east wing of the Waterhouse building, together with the general herbarium, was badly damaged by bombs on the night of 9 September 1940. After the war, the general herbarium and library moved to the west wing, and a mezzanine was inserted to take a new exhibition gallery above the new cryptogamic herbarium. Cannon joined the Department in 1952, and was put in charge of the project the following year.
The Gallery was the first to be planned and built in the Museum after the War, and it represented a new attempt to make natural history accessible to the general public. Design and production was entrusted to a small firm called Preview, which was led by H R Allen. Miss Mary (Mona) R J Edwards (1902-1994), the Museum Exhibition Officer, was also involved in both planning and production. The gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on 31 October 1962 and was dismantled in 1982.

Cannon, J F M, 1962. The new botanical exhibition gallery at the British Museum (Natural
History) Curator, 5: 26-35.

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PX1099Edwards; Mary Rosalie Jane (1902-1994); Exhibition officer, known as Mona1902-1994
PX1098Cannon; John Francis Michael (1930-2008); Keeper of Botany1930-2008
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