Botany Herbarium Building Works
8 July 2011
After over thirty years of intermittent leaks and temporary fixes the roof of the Herbarium has been renewed. This substantial project necessitated the closure of the herbarium, the 'wrapping' of the herbarium's contents (specimens and books) in plastic to prevent water damage, the removal of the existing tiles and roof skylights, the false internal ceiling and rewiring and redecoration. As you can see the old roof supported a thriving plant community which had rooted through the tiles into the horsehair layer of insulation underneath. Serendipitously, the work coincided with a fire in the roof of the main Departmental Building that somewhat impeded progress on the herbarium. The work has now, however, been completed and the Herbarium reopened.
A letter from the architect of the herbarium displaying the usual over-optimism that many have with what was then newish technology. The skylight has, as is evident from the surrounding images leaked badly for years.
The newest skylight is being installed at present, please see below the most recent pictures.
The fire brigade put the fire in the Department out but flood the herbarium anteroom in the process. Its contents have to be removed for drying and storage.
The false ceiling is removed
The entrance lobby to the Department is filled by the empty books and other items which were returned to the Anteroom which has been redecorated and its ceiling replastered.
The work is now complete. The herbarium is fully functional and, is for the first time in living memory, now warm to work in. The lighting is also fantastic – being fully automatic and much better than was present previously. Thanks to everyone involved in getting the project through to successful completion.