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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Biology Collection
Description
The biological sciences collection comprises two main groups of material. The zoological items number about 2000, and represent the rump of a collection assembled since the 1880s for teaching purposes, but partially disposed of in the 1960s.
The highly important herbarium consists of about 150000 items.
The collections are not on public display.
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The highly important herbarium comprises some 150000 items collected over the past 100 years by several eminent biologists. It includes the Augustin Ley collection of Herefordshire Flora. The zoological items number about 2000, and represent the rump of a collection assembled since the 1880s for teaching purposes, but partially disposed of in the 1960s. It includes a spirit collection of 1000 items (incorporating most major invertebrate and some vertebrate groups), together with skeletal and mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and pinned insects. There is a collection of wax models by Ziegler of Freiburg.
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Location Details

University Of Birmingham Collections
c/o University Curator The University Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT
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WM000083 
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Email
j.h.hamilton@bham.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 414 6750
Fax
0121 471 4691 
Collections Overview
The collections have been developed, since the establishment of the University in 1900, as teaching collections within relevant faculties. They are now managed in four distinct groups, two of which (the Barber Institute and the Lapworth Museum) are separately registered. The collections considered here are those of the Chamberlain Institute of Pathology, and the University Collections, which in turn consist of collections belonging to individual Schools or Faculties as well as collections held on behalf of the University as a whole. The material concerned includes ethnographical, archaeological, scientific, biological, fine art and decorative art objects.
Display Overview
The teaching collections are mostly accessible only by prior appointment to the general public, and are generally displayed in showcased form. The University collection of fine and decorative art is freely accessible to all in public spaces throughout the campus. Ceremonial silver and plate may only be seen by appointment.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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