Wollaston Collection

Thomas Vernon Wollaston (1822-1878) Entomologist and Conchologist, close personal friend and correspondent with, among others, Charles Darwin, Richard Thomas Lowe, James Charles Dale and John Grey. A prolific author throughout his life, Wollaston published papers regularly right up until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 56. His pre-eminent work ‘Insecta Maderensia; being an account of the insects of the Islands of the Madeiran group (1854)’ includes descriptions of over 200 new species. The majority of the insects used in this work were collected by Wollaston himself and the primary part of the collection, including many of the original type specimens now resides in the Hope Entomological Collections.

Zoe Simmons, Hope Entomological Collections