major part of the collections is housed within the Shropshire
Museums Resource Centre in Ludlow, co-located with the public
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.
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
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:
mammoth remains from Condover in Shropshire
Colvin & Baker collection of fossil vertebrates from the
SiwalikHills of India
taxidermy specimens including Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon
Accessto 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.