Warwickshire in 100 Objects: Museum Herbarium Sheet
Warwickshire Museum’s Herbarium is a comprehensive archive of plant species in our county, dating back over 100 years. As such, the biodiversity that it represents is a largely untapped repository of data relating to climate change, habitat loss and creation, and industrial activity.
The sheets themselves have been prepared and documented by generations of curators and volunteers. They are stored according to accepted plant classification schemes, making retrieval of particular species an easy job for visiting botanists and ecologists.
Some famous botanists have contributed to the museum herbarium. The sheet illustrated here preserves a thistle collected from Earlswood, Solihull, by Dorothy Cadbury.