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7th Jul, 2022

Pioneering botanist and prima donnas on display at Warwickshire Museum

A PIONEERING botanist and prima donnas feature in two new collections at Warwickshire Museum.

After a busy year moving thousands of objects to a new museum stores facility, curators have now re displayed some of the cases at Market Hall Museum in Warwick for visitors to explore.

Dorothy’s Day Out celebrates the far-reaching achievements of local botanist Dorothy Cadbury and the 50th anniversary of the publication of the ground-breaking Computer Mapped Flora of Warwickshire, to which Dorothy was a major contributor.

The display captures the spirit of a day out in the field with Dorothy, recording and collecting plant data, back in the 1950s.

Showing Off: Status symbols from Alfred the Great to Victoria explores how people used their possessions and the clothes they wore to show how wealthy and fashionable they were.

Some objects are familiar, like gold jewellery and a fine silk waistcoat, but others like King Alfred’s aestal and the beautifully embroidered casket are stranger status symbols to us.

Warwickshire County Council culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “This has been a great opportunity to show off some of the wonderful objects that we have in our collections, many of which have not been seen for quite some time.

“Dorothy Cadbury was one of the first Warwickshire Citizen Scientists. Today, her tradition, skill and enthusiasm live on through a thriving county network of natural history recorders, providing invaluable data, helping us understand natural habitats and climate change.

“The second exhibition explore a theme that we all recognise: Showing Off and is set around the biggest Tudor status symbol that we have, the impressive Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire.”

Market Hall Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Entry is free, donations are welcomed to support the museum.

Visit heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk for further details.

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