Portable museum of curiosity available for loan

Ian Edwards, Head of Exhibitions and Events,  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh :    “We are delighted that the artist Joanne B Kaar has found inspiration from historic specimens held in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for this stunning piece.  The mystery of the transport of Senecio smithii from Patagonia is an intriguing one.  At RBGE, not only do we have specimens of this plant from the north of Scotland and Orkney, we also have specimens from the plant’s native Patagonia in our collection.  We are very pleased to collaborate with Joanne and showcase her work to the public, in the John Hope Gateway.”

Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife:
“The themes explored in the portable museum perfectly complement our new display on the Scottish whaling industry.  Research over recent years identified one of our buildings as the former storehouse of the Anstruther Whaling Company, established in 1757.  The firm operated two ships during this early period of Scottish whaling.  We have recently completed a project to further research the building and to move and expand our displays on the topic to the site.  Borrowing the Magellan Daisy and Whalers cabinet will enhance the display and bring another dimension to it so that we can further explore the history of whaling with our visitors.”