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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Biology Collection
The present extensive biology collections have been developed from the museum's original collections over 150 years.
The collections contain:
A wide range of animal and plant material with smaller amounts of material from other groups, i.e taxonomic coverage of vascular plants (flowering plants, conifers, ferns), limited coverage of non-vascular plants (mosses, liverworks, lichens, algae), taxonomic coverage of invertebrates (sponges, corals, echinoderms, arachnids, crustacea, centipedes, millipedes, insects, molluscs), taxonomic coverage of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals).

An extensive local study collection taken between the 18th century and the present day, which represents a unique record of past and present biodiversity in the City of Leicester and the County of Leicestershire.

A comprehensive UK reference collection.

Taxidermy mounts and study skins, spirit and dried preparations.

Important elements of the collection are:
Many zoology collections contain cited specimens, these include mammals, birds, molluscs, butterfliesand moths, beetles, ants, stoneflies, bumblebees, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice.
The lower plant collection contain voucher materail for published Leicestershire County species lists.
The flowering plant and ferns collections contain voucher material for publishes Leicestershire County flora from 1850 onwards, also the Chester and Druce Herbaria containing voucher material for the published floras of Northamptonshire.
The vertebrate osteological collection.
Freeze-dries galls collection
Tracks and signs woodcraft collection
The lichen collection containing type material

Local significance
Date range of collection
1750 - 2004
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations
Associated Times

Location Details

New Walk Museum
New Walk Leicester Leicestershire LE1 7EA United Kingdom
Open Map
0116 225 4900
0116 247 3005 
Building Information
Founded in 1849 as the Town Museum, the building designed by Joseph Hansom was originally built in 1837 as the Proprietary School.
Collections Overview
Collections are wide ranging covering the natural and cultural world.
Display Overview
Galleries include, Ancient Egypt, Fossils Gallery - including The Rutland Dinosaur (a cetiosaur) and the 'Barrow Kipper' (a plesiosaur), a major display of German Impressionist Art, an art gallery showing 'Our World Through Art', a world arts gallery, Wild Space natural science gallery, a discovery room for children and a series of temporary exhibitions.
Star Objects
Coptic period knitted sock from El Sheikh Ibada.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Management Information (Type)
  • Museum.
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