Plant models collection


About this collection

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.


Did you know?

The models are mainly made of papier mâché, but some have added materials including cotton, glass beads, and even feathers and animal hair. 

Explore the Plant models collection


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