Historical botanical collections
The Historical Collections Room houses some of the Museum's most precious items, including many botanical specimens collected over 300 years ago.
The Museum's algae, fungi and plant collections span several centuries, covering a period of unprecedented exploration and investigation into natural history.
Some of the most precious items are housed in the Historical Collections Room - a high security, climate-controlled special collections area.
It includes the herbarium of Sir Hans Sloane, comprising 265 volumes and an estimated 120,000 plan specimens collected from over 70 countries and dependencies worldwide. An account of the collection is provided by Dandy (1958), available from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Other major collections include the herbaria of Paul Hermann, John Clayton and George Clifford.
Looking for a specific specimen?
The historical collections are available in the Data Portal