Exhibition at University College Cork

Discover a remarkable young woman’s story through a stylish small exhibition, described by visitors as “stunnng! Very, very interesting” and “excellent exhibtion, really good information and beautifully presented”.

Experience it for yourself ; it is free, open to all, and on until Thursday 20th December.

Whether Ellen’s story is new to you, or you already know about her, the exhibition has something interesting to offer. On the chair there is a folder of extracts from her letters, some not previously published. The four short films on the screen were made specifically for the exhibition and show the setting of Bantry Bay that Ellen botanised in, and focus on seaweeds and lichens that fascinated her. 

There are facsimiles of Ellen’s carefully spread seaweed specimens, sixteen of her drawings, stunning photos of lichens and a microscope and hand lenses to see the minute details of the lichens on display.