Ellen in Dublin: exhibition in the Botany Department, Trinity College

Celebrating Ellen Hutchins: Trinity College Dublin

This Thursday, 27th April, 5pm to 6:30pm, is the last public open session of the Ellen Hutchins exhibition in Trinity College Dublin. On display are some wonderful specimens of seaweed that Ellen collected in Bantry Bay over two hundred years ago. These are held in the Herbarium at Trinity, and are on display here for the first time ever. Alongside the specimens are letters Ellen wrote to botanist James Mackay at Trinity and ones written by her to her brothers, telling them of her success in botany. There are prints of Ellen’s drawings of seaweed and panels telling her story in words and pictures.

The big draw for Thursday is the added delight of being able to join award-winning botanical artist Shevaun Doherty as she demonstrates the beauty of botanical painting. Shevaun will be drawing one of Ellen’s specimens. This promises to be a very special end to the exhibition Celebrating Ellen Hutchins.

The exhibition is held in the old Anatomy Building at Trinity, and mounted by the Herbarium, Botany Department, Trinity and the Ellen Hutchins Festival. Members of both organisations will be present at the public open session to answer any questions, and to tell you about the next stages of research into Ellen’s life story, and this year’s Ellen Hutchins Festival in Bantry, West Cork.

If you are interested in the history of women in science, botany or botanical art, and can get along to Trinity on Thursday, then we look forward to seeing you there.
On display is Part Two of the exhibition with different specimens, letters and drawings from those shown in Part One. However, if you missed Part One, then highlights of it are still available by going round the back of the display panels and seeing them on the other side!

See here for more information and images.