Unlocking the Secrets of the Herbarium
Mrs Macquaries Road Maiden Theatre, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
2nd February 2018
The National Herbarium of NSW is home to an amazing archive of species, beloved artefacts and rare publications. Enjoy morning tea on the Foundation and Friends terrace before a presentation in the Maiden Theatre with Dr Shelley James, Collections Manager of the National Herbarium of NSW who will share her botanical adventures both in the field and in the collection stacks. After the talk, enter the cool confines of the Brown Building to meet the Royal Botanic Garden’s passionate plant scientists and explore the Herbarium, Library and Molecular Laboratory. In the Herbarium, surrounded by over 1.4 million plant specimens, you'll be shown collections from Australia’s early explorers including those collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770 on Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, along with the newly rehoused spirit collection. The Daniel Solander Library holds a collection of treasures including the first edition signed copy of 'On the Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin, and stunning folios of historical botanical illustrations. In the Molecular Laboratory, you'll discover how scientists are making new discoveries about plants using the latest techniques and DNA technologies.