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Discovery and the Dead Plants Society

With 1.1 million plant specimens, the University Herbarium is especially rich in those made by 19th century greats like Henslow, Darwin, and Wallace. Find out why these treasures are so important today.
When Mar 09, 2020
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Sainsbury Laboratory Auditorium, 47 Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LR
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Comprising some 1.1 million preserved plant specimens, the Cambridge University Herbarium represents over more than 300 years of discovery, with specimens collected from all over the world. Many of the 19th century plants were collected by some of the great Victorian scientists and explorers, including Henslow, Darwin, Wallace, Lindley, Douglas, and Spruce. Herbarium Curator Dr Lauren Gardiner helps us find out about the treasures which are being discovered in this extraordinary collection, part of the Department of Plant Sciences, and why these specimens are so important today for scientific as well as historical research.

This event is part of Cambridge Science Festival 2020.

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