Which herbarium is Chris in this week?
|Herbarium volunteers at Hancock Mueum I|
Image: C. Metherell
A fortnight ago, Chris was looking at Euphrasia sheets from the British Museum's collection, but last week he was happy to switch roles, from researcher to herbarium volunteer. Chris put the Eyebrights on hold and went in to the Herbarium at the Hancock Museum, where he and four fellow volunteers unloaded the newly arrived crates of herbarium sheets from the old Newcastle University Herbarium.
|Herbarium volunteers at Hancock Museum II|
Image: C. Metherall
When volunteering in a herbarium, listen out for the little squeals of delight that signal a volunteer noticing an interesting specimen or collector's name. Chris tells me that he and his team found several sheets collected by John Storey, a well-known local nineteenth century botanist.
They were also delighted to discover specimens collected by John Hancock and Albany Hancock, the founders of the Hancock Museum. Fitting that those sheets have "come home" at last.