This gallery is from Whitehaven Archives, Cumbria Archive service, as part of a series of posts on the theme of Environmental History to tie in with History Day 2021.

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Flintoft’s Collections of Ferns and Mosses

18 FLI – Flintoft’s Complete Collection of the British Ferns and their Allies in the English Lake District, 1857


18 FLI – Flintoft’s Collection of Mosses in the English Lake District, circa 1850


Whitehaven Scientific Association 

DH/53/8 – Whitehaven Scientific Association, Catalogue of Scientific Association holdings, undated [late 19th century]

Cumberland Nature Club

DH/456/2 – Cumberland Nature Club Scrapbook containing programmes and loose newspaper cuttings covering Cumberland Nature Club events, 1904-1934


DH/456/3 – Cumberland Nature Club Jubilee Souvenir: A History of the Club, 1904-1954


DH/456/2 – In Memoriam for and photograph of William Hodgson, veteran Cumberland botanist, died 1901


YDX 263/13 – Cumbria Naturalists’ Club Memorabilia, 1970s


Society for the Protection of Wildflowers and Plants 

YDS 25/9/6 – To All Who Love Flowers, printed nature conservation poster published by the Society for the Protection of Wild Flowers and Plants, undated [1930s] 

West Cumberland Geological Society 

YDSO 103/1/5 – West Cumberland Geological Society proceedings, 1960s