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Biology Collection
There is the Wiltshire Society Flora, started by T B Flower and T A Preston in 1870 which contains some 3000 specimens collected from that time up to 1966 by various members of the society.

An important holding is the collection of lichens and bryophytes assembled by botanist Francis Rose, whose guide to flowering plants is the standard reference text on the subject (20th century).

There is also a 19th century stuffed lion from a local collection which has recently been identified as a Cape lion and is now extinct. Only three skulls and eight skins are listed as being held in museum collections worldwide.
One contributor to the Society flora was the noted Wiltshire botanist J Donald Grose (d.1973). In 1981, his widow bequeathed the Grose Herbarium to the museum, a collection which is probably the museum's single most important holding. It comprises over 9000 sheets of fully documented pressed plant specimens, many of which were collected by Grose during his work on the Flora of Wiltshire and are therefore voucher material. The museum also has Grose's card index, notebooks and his own annotated copy of the Flora.
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Wiltshire Heritage Museum
41 Long Street Devizes SN10 1NS
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01380 727 369
01380 722 150 
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Grade II
Collections Overview
Wiltshire Heritage Museum is designated for the pre-eminence of its collections. This long established museum run by a county society holds unrivalled collections relating to the natural history; archaeology; and history of Wiltshire.
Display Overview
The museum has extensive archaeology displays, particularly strong on the prehistoric period; and galleries devoted to the geology and natural history of Wiltshire; the recent history of Devizes and fine art.
Star Objects
Bronze age gold objects from Bush Barrow; stained glass window by John Piper; watercolours of Wiltshire churches by John Buckler, c.1805.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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