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‘A Love Tale’: The J.W.L Glaisher collection of valentine cards at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The name of Glaisher is well known at the Fitzwilliam Museum. James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (1848-1928) was a celebrated mathematician and Fellow of Trinity College, but he was also widely … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dredging the Archive

The lake here at the Botanic Garden is currently undergoing much needed dredging. It occurs to me that this methodical process of collecting and sifting is actually pretty similar to the … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Garden’s Systematic Beds

Keeping heritage, science and horticulture in balance To err may be human, but so too is to order: putting names to things is how language develops in both epochal and … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Antarctic Cataloguing Project

From food to footwear, from medals to medical equipment, and from scientific equipment to sledges, I have spent the past two years looking at every Antarctic object in the Polar … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

A journey of plant discovery

Cambridge University Botanic Garden Glasshouse Supervisor, Alex Summers, is embarking on a collaborative, horticultural expedition to the northern mountains of Vietnam to identify, survey and collect threatened plant species and … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hammering it home – tools of the geologist’s trade

Arguably, the geological hammer is by far the oldest trade tool and was first used by our extinct human relatives over 3.3 million years ago. These ancestors also must have … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Telling the time: what makes the plant clock tick?

New this year in the Understanding Plants area at the Botanic Garden, are two curved beds bordered by trellising, positioned to the south side of Bateson Walk. Growing in one, … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Throwing the light on Egyptian coffins

As the last few rays of sun sank behind the horizon, the gentle glow of flickering torchlight illuminated the glistening surface of the ancient Egyptian coffin panels. It sounds like … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment