This collection comprises more than 200 anatomical models of plants made by the Berlin firm of R. Brendel & Co in Germany around the turn of the 20th century for display and teaching purposes.
Many have removable parts which reveal internal structures.
They are constructed from a variety of materials including papier-mâché, wire, wood and glass. If you look closely you can also see small pieces of animal fur and feathers – used to resemble the hairy parts of a plant. As each model is put together and painted by hand, each one is unique.
We think that this is probably one of the largest collections of its kind in the UK held in one place.