The Museum's lichen collection is is an important research resource and one of the world's largest lichen collections.
The collection consists of about 400,000 specimens and at least 10,000 type specimens.
It contains important historical collections, such as material collected by:
- E Acharius
- J M Crombie
- W A Leighton
- J Stirton
The Museum no longer keeps collections of non-lichenised ascomycetes or basidiomycetes. This material was transferred to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on permanent loan.
- British and Irish Lichen Herbarium
- General Lichen Herbarium
- Non-incorporated collections
- Acharius Herbarium (Erik Acharius)
- English Botany (Smith and Sowerby collection)
- Fungal Model Collection (J Sowerby)
Country of origin
The collections contain lichens and lichenicolous fungi from around the world including Britain, Ireland, Antarctic areas, Australia and New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India, and Thailand.
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The lichen collection is being digitised
We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire by 2026. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected.
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