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             Resources: Collections: Natural History

The major part of the collections is housed within the Shropshire Museums Resource Centre in Ludlow, co-located with the public library.

The Natural History collection contains around 77,000 specimens of fungi, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Around 60% of these are entomology specimens, most collected from Shropshire and the surrounding Welsh Marches. A further 20% of the collection consists of British and foreign molluscs, including the collection of the Reverend Egerton.

The vertebrate collection consists of around 55 glass fronted cases, many of which originated from Whitchurch Museum, approximately 500 mounted birds and around 100 mounted mammals.

HuiaTaxidermy specimen of a Huia

There is also a significant collection of bird’s eggs and nests.

In addition there is a plant herbarium of around 3,000 mounted specimens and one bound volume, and a good collection of British bryophytes, mainly from Shropshire localities. Click here for further information on Shropshire bryophytes.

A small fluid collection consists of around 500 jars of fungi, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, including a collection of fish from the River Teme.

Of particular note in the collections are:
  • Pleistocene mammoth remains from Condover in Shropshire
  • The Colvin & Baker collection of fossil vertebrates from the SiwalikHills of India
  • Unusual taxidermy specimens including Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon and Huia

Access to the Natural History collection is arranged by appointment with the curator, either in person or by phone, letter or email. Shropshire Museums provides potential researchers with a factsheet explaining the process and requirements for study.

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