There are over 26,000 plants held in the Hampshire Museums Service collections. Most of them were collected in Hampshire, although our oldest plant (right), Ling, Calluna vulgaris was found at Alderly Edge, Cheshire on 18 June 1737.
The vascular plants include: ferns and their relatives, pines and their relatives, and flowering plants. These are all mounted on herbarium paper and housed in purpose-built herbarium cabinets. As the plants have been pressed, they are unsuitable for display and are used for reference purposes.
The vascular plant collection contains about 21,000 specimens, with over 12,000 collected from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Collectors include A W Westrup, R P Bowman, D E Allen, N E G Cruttwell and W A Bromfield.
D E Allen Herbarium
A collection of brambles (Rubus spp) collected in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by David E Allen, a national authority on Rubus, from the 1970s to date. There are several new vice county and county records in the collection as well as an Isotype. (Rubus vindomensis D E Allen)
Basingstoke Museum Herbarium
Vascular plants collected in the England, Wales and Scotland, mostly by unknown collectors, between 1886 and 1908
R P Bowman Herbarium
Vascular plants collected by Paul Bowman and others between the 1950s and 1990s. Over 3,500 specimens were collected in south Hampshire (vice county 11)
G Blunden Herbarium
336 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants collected by members of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, from 1972 to date
Lady Anne Brewis Herbarium
Vascular plants collected in the UK, with over half from north Hampshire (vice county 12). Collected mainly in the 1960s - 1990s by Lady Anne Brewis and others
Lady Anne Brewis & S R Davey Herbarium
Flowering plants from the Blackmoor Estate, Hampshire, collected by Lady Anne Brewis and Simon R Davey, mainly in 1972
W A Bromfield Herbarium
Vascular plants from the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and elsewhere collected in the middle/late 19th Century by William Arnold Bromfield, T Bell Salter, A G More, W Gardiner, and others. Includes over 1000 specimens collected on the Isle of Wight for the Flora Vectensis (1856, London), and 32 plants from Egypt and North Africa, collected by W A Bromfield in 1850-1851
See also Allen, D E (1982. Watsonia 14:67)
K A Childs Herbarium
701 sheets, 496 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants collected by K A Childs and others within a 12 mile radius of Alton, Hampshire from c1920s to 1930s. Other collectors include: Stephen A Warner, Mrs W Warner, Braybrooke Marshall and C Langridge
Ref: Childs, K A: 1949: Herbarium List. Curtis Museum (Alton, Hampshire)
N E G Cruttwell Herbarium
Over 1000 vascular plants collected by Canon Norman Edward Garry Cruttwell, J P M Brenan, and others from around Britain and France, mainly in the 1930s - 1940s. An additional 900 sheets were collected by members of the Garry family, mostly between 1898 - 1911
S R Davey Herbarium
Vascular plants collected by Simon Davey and others, in Hampshire, Dorset and other counties. in the 1950s and 1970s
B Goater Herbarium
Flowering plants collected mainly in Hampshire by Barry Goater, Jane Goater and others, from 1999 to date
R A Hadley Herbarium
116 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants collected in 1972 by Mrs R A Hadley, as part of the transition from wet to dry soil conditions at Cranmoor Common, Hinton, Christchurch, Dorset
P M Hall Herbarium
141 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants collected from around Hampshire by Patrick M Hall in the 1930s and 1940s. Some specimens were also collected by E C Wallace and incorporated into the herbarium. Originally housed in the Natural History Museum.
V M Leather Herbarium
118 species of flowering plants collected on Beacon Hill, Ewshott, Hampshire in 1960. All mounted with accompanying dissertation. Plus 49 shoddy weeds collected from Blackmoor Fruit Farm and surrounds and Alton Station, Hampshire. All collected by Vivien M Leather
862 sheets (145 from Hampshire) stored loose leaf in 6 volumes
Vascular plants collected between 1885 and 1913, mainly from the south west counties and Hampshire. The herbarium was donated in 1953 by Mrs Merret, but the identity of the collector is unknown
A R G Mundell Herbarium
Vascular plants collected mainly in north Hampshire (vice county 12) by A R G Mundell and others, from the 1980s to date
M W Rand Herbarium
Flowering plant specimens collected by Martin Rand, mainly in South Hampshire (vice county 11), between 2003 - 2007
F Rose Herbarium
Vascular plants collected in the UK by Francis Rose and others, between 1932 – 1972
E Rothwell Herbarium
Vascular plants collected from South West Hampshire, South East Dorset and other parts of the country, including Scotland and the Channel Islands, between 1900 and the 1940s. Originally housed with the Bournemouth Natural Science Society
H G Sadler Herbarium
121 species, subspecies and varieties
A collection of grasses (Poaceae), mainly collected from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by H G Sadler, between 1905 - 1929
P Selby Herbarium
Vascular plants collected mainly in south Hampshire (vice county 11) by Pete Selby and others, mostly between the late 1990’s and 2003
J E Tarbat Herbarium
Vascular plants collected by J E Tarbat, mainly in Hampshire and southern England, between 1891 and 1923. Originally held at the Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset.
A W Westrup Herbarium
1913 sheets, 920 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants collected in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and surrounding counties by A W Westrup and others between 1940s and 1960s.
Rev W H Coleman Herbarium
63 species, subspecies and varieties
Vascular plants, mainly grasses, collected by Rev William Higgins Coleman 1816? – 1863, author of Flora Hertfordiensis. There are several associated collectors, presumably from the Botanical Exchange Society.
An album of flowering alpine plants collected by Miss McLennan in Switzerland
G Brind Herbarium
Ferns collected in the UK between 1851 – 1902. Donated by Miss G Brind, collector unknown
P Littlebury Herbarium
Vascular plants collected in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, mainly between 1910 and 1917. Collected by H C Littlebury and others, or obtained through a Botanical Exchange Club
Grasses (Poaceae) collected in Hampshire, mainly in vice county 11, between 1957 – 1969
D E de Vesian Herbarium
Flowering plants collected in Hampshire, mainly in the 1950s, by Miss D E de Vesian
Over 4,100 specimens representing 688 species. About one third were collected in the New Forest, Hampshire by Francis Rose, Simon Davey, and others, 1970s-1980s. The remainder were collected from around Hampshire and other counties, especially from parts of Scotland. Collectors include Francis Rose, E C Wallace, B J Coppins and others.
Approximately 1200 specimens representing 146 genera. About 300 were collected in Hampshire, the remainder from other counties in the UK. Collectors include Francis Rose, E C Wallace, N E G Cruttwell and others, 1940s - 1980s.
Approximately 390 specimens representing 69 genera. About 150 were collected in Hampshire, the remainder from other counties in the UK. Collectors include Francis Rose, E C Wallace, Simon Davey and others, 1940s - 1980s.
The algae are under represented in our collections. Most were collected in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Simon Davey in the 1970's, others are stored in albums and date from the 19th century.
Approximately 2,000 boxes of freeze dried fungi with full data, representing 182 genera. Most were collected in Hampshire, by Simon Moore, Conservator of Natural Sciences, 1990's to date.
Genera represented in the Hampshire Museums Service collections below
Ling Calluna vulgaris