The Herbarium holds over 900 sheets of specimens collected by Charles Darwin on the Beagle voyage. Digitisation of these specimens was funded by Microsoft Research and they can all be seen and the database searched on our Darwin Plants website.

Thanks to a generous donation from Lawrence Banks the Darwin specimens were recently conserved and placed in archive quality boxes to ensure their safekeeping for future generations. This work was carried out by Emma Ruffle from the Natural History Museum in London.