Recently I was contacted by Plymouth University about the work I did on their Muirhead Herbarium back in 2007. Seemed a little odd at the time as I had just nipped into London from Spain and so my mind was not only having trouble in time travelling backwards to a previous life I had in London, but it then had the further onslaught of going back even further to another time in Devon, which was actually when I first started writing this blog.
The Muirhead Memorial Herbarium* is located in 220A on the second floor of the Davy building located in the main Plymouth University Campus. It is in a very small room which is situated to the side of the main lecture theatre which hmens access is limited to when the lecture theatre is not being used, so no one really ever goes in there. When I first went inside it felt like I was digging up a time capsule. The room was littered with old cigarette butts and packets, old newspapers and chocolate bar wrappers with redundant price tags on. It was like being in Gene Hunt's office in 'Life on Mars'.
|Figure 1: Miss Clara Winsome Muirhead|
Miss Clara Winsome Muirhead (CWM) was a notable botanist of the time (figure 1). She worked at both
Frank Kingdon-Ward (1885-1958)
|Figure 2: Frank Kingdon-Ward|
|Figure 3: George Forrest|
|Figure 4: James Burkhill Collection which is in desperate need of cataloguing and filing|
The Seale Hayne Collection (figures 5 and 6) is the latest addition to the Muirhead. The specimens were brought over from the Seale Hayne campus during this project and are currently being housed in room 201 in the
Frank Kingdon Ward Collection Numbers