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Mollusca Types in Great Britain

A Union Database for the UK

This site is the result of a project (2016-2018) to unify images and information on Mollusca type specimens in several large public collections in Great Britain (i.e., England, Scotland and Wales), UK. It was created by a partnership of museums in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Exeter, led by Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff, and the Natural History Museum, London.

Each of the participating museums has a unique and fabulous zoological collection, only a small part of which is usually on public display. To bring the types together digitally, we worked with curators at each museum to locate, select and research material from their stores and archives. Specimens were then photographed, conserved, and labelled by our team’s Mollusca specialists.

Latest updates

  • Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives specimens now added - [29/07/2022]
    The type specimens held at Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives have been added to the site. Another British port city, Bristol's worldwide shell collection has survived two turbulent centuries. An introduction to the collection and curatorial contact details have also been added.

  • Tenby Museum & Art Gallery specimens now added - [29/07/2022]
    The type specimens in the historically significant shell collection at Tenby Museum & Art Gallery have been added to the site. A classic Victorian seaside resort, Tenby is the smallest town to be included in this project. An introduction to the collection and curatorial contact details have also been added.

  • Linnean Society of London specimens now added - [31/05/2022]
    The 576 shells held in the Linnean Society of London collection have been added to the data set.  Due to the uncertain provenance of much of the material, many of the types have been verified as possible type material but we hope that this will be a useful starting point for future research. Images of specimens and associated notes, especially those by Peter Dance, have been imported from the Linnean website. An introduction to the Mollusca collection at the Linnean Society and curatorial contact details have been added to the page on The Collections.

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Funding

The project was made possible by a grant from the John Ellerman Foundation’s Regional Museums and Galleries Fund, whose support we gratefully acknowledge. We would also like to thank all those who assisted with our training, research, and imaging, and with the loan of valuable specimens between institutions.

We welcome enquiries from other UK museums wishing to contribute data on their Mollusca types to the database.