This article has been re-posted from the Horniman Museum and Gardens blog.
Katie Ott, a museum studies student on placement with the Horniman, tells us about her fascinating work with our botany collection.
I’m Katie, and I’m three weeks into an eight-week work placement at the Horniman, helping the Natural History team to research and document the botany collection.
The botany collection at the Horniman is made up of around 3000 individual specimens either mounted onto herbarium sheets or bound in volumes. The flowering plant collection dates mainly from 1830-1850.
Two herbarium sheets from Flora Britannica no. 4., Katie Ott
The main task is to transcribe the (beautiful, but squiggly) Victorian handwriting on the herbarium sheets such as the plant’s scientific name, and where it was found etc onto MimsyXG, our collections management database.
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