Specimens and images from the Fielding and Druce Herbaria are being digitized and are accessible though the Search collections tab. Separate, searchable databases are being created for the various historic herbaria.
The Fielding-Druce Herbarium comprises the collections associated with the former Department of Botany. Three core collections are represented:
Historic herbaria: all herbaria collected by the Department before 1796. The principal collections are those amassed by Jacob Bobart the Elder and his son, William Sherard, Charles du Bois, Johann Jacob Dillenius and John Sibthorp. Other collections include the book herbarium of Gregorio a Reggio, the oldest herbarium in Britain. Each of these herbaria is held as a separate collection.
Fielding Herbarium: the non-British and Irish collection, the core of which was bequeathed to the University by Henry Fielding in the 1850s. This collection covers most taxonomic groups and geographical areas. It is particularly rich in nineteenth century material from the Americas and south and south east Asia.
Druce Herbarium: British and Irish collection, the core of which was bequeathed to the University by George Claridge Druce in 1932. This collection covers all taxonomic groups and is particularly rich in specimens from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.