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Collection Title
Biology Collection
Description
Half the total for the botany, zoology and geology collection is local South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire; voucher specimens still important.
Botanical collection is small, as never been a botanist on the staff, of about 8,000 specimens and almost all material is not modern including Salt Herbarium of the 1790s, Gatty/Eden seaweeds of mid 19th century and the JS Herbarium.
Osteology collection about 2,000 items of skeletons and bones with a good bird collection for the region.
More than half the collections are invertebrates numbering about 90,000 especially local insects, freshwater inverts., British Leidoptera, H C Sorby's marine inverts., and marine shells. British Diptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Small orders are good for reference.
Vertebrate collection is mounted animals, study skins, freeze-dried specimens, deep frozen, wet -preserved, casts and eggs numberijgn about 6,000 in total.
Most are European, but also African, Indian and Australasian birds and mammals. Since 1960 most are local. Notable are historic collections including Henry Seebohm birds, Arthur Whitaker's bats and birds'' eggs, J B Wheat's eggs and Prfo. C J Patten's bird sjkins.
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Strength(s)
Salt Herbarium of the 1790s, Gatty/Eden seaweeds of mid 19th century of taxonomic importance and the JS Herbarium Osteology collection about 2,000 items of skeletons and bones with a good bird collection for the region local insects, freshwater invertebrates., British Leidoptera, H C Sorby's marine invertebrates, and marine shells. Notable are historic collections including Henry Seebohm birds, Arthur Whitaker's bats and birds'' eggs, J B Wheat's eggs and Prfo. C J Patten's bird sjkins.
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Location Details

Weston Park Museum
Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TP United Kingdom
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YH000020 
Email
info@sheffieldgalleries.org.uk
Telephone
0114 278 2600
Fax
0114 278 2660 
Collections Overview
Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust runs the non industrial museums and galleries in the city. The sites are: Weston Park Museum, Millennium Galleries, Graves Art Gallery and Bishops’ House. The collections cover Decorative and Fine Art, Social History, Natural History, Geology, Horology, Archaeology, Numismatics, Ethnography, Arms and Armour and the Ruskin Collection. The Metalwork Collection is designated. The collections are stored and displayed across the sites but are described under Weston Park Museum and the Graves Art Gallery.
Display Overview
Weston Park Museum (formerly the City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery) has housed and displayed the city’s collections of Archaeology, Natural History, Geology and the special Decorative Art collections for over a century. The Social History collections have been on display since the mid 1970s. The Museum is currently undergoing a massive transformation to the value of over £17 million and will reopen in 2006. Most of the Metalwork collection is now on show at the Millennium Galleries together with the Ruskin and craft collections. Weston Park Museum is also home to a significant Meteorological Station with records going back to 1882. The Sheffield weather station, one of the oldest in the country, was started by curator Elijah Howarth (known locally as Elijah the Prophet). Readings are given to Sheffield Town Hall, local libraries and the Met Office.
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