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Trinidad and Tobago herbarium specimens join the botany collection

15 March 2017 by Wendy

Pitch lake

Pitch lake

The recent acquisition to World Museum’s herbarium of 131 specimens from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago has been an interesting and welcome addition to Botany’s collection. Prior to acquiring this collection, we had less than 100 specimens from Trinidad and Tobago, the vast majority of these being a collection of grasses.

Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas collections at World Museum, collected the herbarium specimens, along with colleagues on the islands, during field work for her research project on wooden artefacts that have been found in Trinidad’s Pitch Lake. Read more…

Poppies – a botanist’s view

1 February 2016 by Geraldine

pressed yellow poppies mounted on paper

Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica. This specimen was collected in May 1949 from Hawkshead, Cumbria. Accession number 1987.376.98

As a botanist I was fascinated to see the Poppies: Women and War exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, which includes botanical photographs of poppies in the field and draws on themes of strength and resilience inspired by the flower.

Poppies always invoke for me a feeling of happiness, large colourful flowers in bright garish colours. ‘Poppy’ refers to a group of species that cover a number of genera in the family Papaveraceae. The one that springs to mind for most people is Papaver rhoeas which is used as the symbol of remembrance and hope.  Read more…

6 curious objects you never knew belonged to World Museum

8 September 2015 by Lisa

Echinodermata in jars

Spiky echinodermata from the World Museum’s zoology collections.

Devil’s guts and a unicorn horn? Find out about 6 curious objects you never knew were in the World Museum’s collections…

The collections at World Museum are vast. Really vast. There are 80,000 objects in the Antiquities collection alone. While searching through our online collections, I’ve discovered some very unusual objects: Read more…

Plant models collection now online

25 June 2015 by Lynn

Here, Curator of Botany, Donna Young reveals a fascinating part of our botanical collection, Brendel’s anatomical plant models and how they were used as teaching aides.

A dismantled oat model

“Down in the basement of World Museum there is a room with cabinets lining the walls. Inside these cabinets are an amazing collection of large and very colourful plant models. You may have seen some of them displayed in our atrium or in our Clore Natural History Centre.  Read more…

Giant augmented reality plants!

14 August 2013 by Angela

Augmented reality plants at World Museum

‘Augmented reality’ planting in the atrium at World Museum

Here’s an update from Donna Young, our Curator of Herbarium:

Last summer I was approached by artists, Tamiko Thiel and Will Pappenheimer, who were interested in finding out more about William Roscoe and the first Liverpool Botanic Garden. Read more…

An Ancient Egyptian Meadow in Liverpool?

11 July 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Photo of Mould and Pendant

Mould and jewellery pendant from excavations at Tell el Amarna (nos. 56.21.191 & 56.21.355)

The director of World Museum is working hard to create a Wildflower Meadow at the front of the museum. As I walked beside it today my eye was drawn to the bright blue cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) and the pink to purple corncockle (Agrostemma githago) which reminded me of some of the floral jewellery we have in our Ancient Egypt Gallery. Read more…

The day of the triffids

16 June 2010 by Lisa

Here’s our Curator of Botany, Geraldine Reid, to tell us about a curious new arrival at the botany department…


Person inside an Octopus-like costume

Geraldine morphs into something strange…

Today started like any other and then suddenly a new acquisition arrived in the botany department. It was a costume from the performance piece ‘Grains of Paradise’ created by Adela Jones back in 2008. She used the botanical collections as inspiration for her costumes and piece, which was hosted by the Bluecoat and was part of ‘Fragrant’, which explored Liverpool’s Botanical Collection.

As you can see, after I unwrapped the costume I seemed to end up totally engulfed in it and almost turned into part of a living plant exhibit! I’m not quite sure what species I am meant to resemble, but as we’re celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, maybe I’m morphing into a new species down in the basement of world museum… Read more…

Plants under attack!

1 June 2010 by Lisa

Look Out! plant game logo

Click the image to play now!

As you will probably know from the huge inflatable flowers outside the World Museum right now, our fantastic Plantastic! exhibition is still in full swing. If you haven’t already been in to see this huge interactive exhibition then here is a taster to show you how cool it is!

This Look Out! game is in the exhibition, but you can now play it here online as well. So why not waste a few minutes of your day trying to protect a poor plant from being attacked by slithery snails and hungry aphids! Read more…

Bustling with life

3 March 2010 by Lisa

For this week’s blog to celebrate World Museum’s 150th anniversary, Curator of Botany Geraldine Reid is here to tell us how the massive ‘Plantastic!’ exhibition has been going.


Plantastic! definately seems to be fantastic at World Musem! After a rather intense few months of work leading up to the opening it’s great to sit back and see the museum bustling with plant related displays.

Giant purple inflatable flower on a balcony

Giant inflatable flower outside World Museum

However, because of the weather the botany team has not been able to sit back and relax! Every morning and night we need to venture out to put on and take off the frost blanket on the living plants outside the museum, which are arranged to spell out: Plantastic. Our dashing about seems to be keeping our early morning visitors suitably entertained. They’ve been watching as we run up and down with the billowing frost blanket, which takes off in the wind or is sometimes frozen so solid we can’t bend it to pack it away! But it’s worth it if we can keep our Plantastic! flower bed safe from the cold weather that we’ve been experiencing. Read more…

Happy St David’s Day

1 March 2010 by Sam

watercolour illustration of a daffodil

Botanical print of ‘Narcissus jonquilla’

Today is the day to wish people ‘Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Hapus.’  I learnt all the Welsh I know from ‘Gavin and Stacey’ but am reliably informed that this means ‘Have a tidy St David’s Day’.

You can send Welsh wishes online using our selection of St David’s Day e-cards, featuring items from the collections including the famous painting ‘Salem’ from the Lady Lever Art Gallery and some beautiful botanical prints from the Botany collection at World Museum.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day and Easter are not far off now. You can find e-cards for both these occasions and more in the VIP zone on the website.



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