rows of shells

Cepaea nemoralis, 'the banded snail'

Among the survivors of the 1941 fire that devastated the collections are the collections of Olive Shells and Netted Dog Whelks assembled by F.P. Marrat, who described many species new to science in the 19th century. A small part of the huge H.C. Winckworth British Marine Shell Collection was also saved and is still the major component of the British marine species.

The late Nora Fisher McMillan, a well known conchologist and author of several general books, curated the collection from 1950 until 2000. Through her influence, several conchologists passed their collections to us and we once again have one of the largest regional collections with a good cover of the popular groups.