On Saturday 17 February, Society trustee and BSBI President Chris Metherell led a tour of the Society’s herbarium collection. The herbarium holds thousands of specimens from all over the world, collected over the last two centuries by various local botanists, such as Nathaniel Winch, Margaret Dickinson, the Hancock siblings and George Albert Swan. These are currently held in the Great North Museum: Hancock storage at the Discovery Museum and managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
Chris talked briefly about some of the collectors and specimens out on display for visitors to browse, as well as taking small groups into the herbarium to show how the specimens are stored. Volunteers were also at work preserving the specimens and were happy to chat to visitors about the conservation process.
Heritage Volunteer Sarah Seeley joined the tour and has posted an album of photographs on our Facebook page, which can be viewed here.