Conservation Project

Conservation Project

Following a generous donation, a 5-year project for conservation and improved access to the Lepidoptera collection was planned and executed.

Dr Graham Rotheray, National Museum of Scotland Entomology Curator, was appointed to report on the condition of the Lepidoptera collection and provide options for its long-term care. Although the collection was generally well stored, many specimens had suffered from damp damage, infestation and corrosion of the pins that hold them in place.

The entire collection was photographed, cleaned, repaired and re-pinned where needed. Dr Rotheray compiled a database of each specimen in the collection and used Dr Campbell’s extensive notebooks to match some of the catches to the published field notes.

Find out about Dr Rotheray’s work and why he finds the Dr John Lorne Campbell’s Lepidoptera so fascinating in A Fragile Collection.

With thanks to Jeannie Campbell Redpath Becton through the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA for funding the Canna Lepidopera Conservation & Access Project.

John Lorne Campbell's notebook

Dr Rotheray at workEnvironmental monitoring at Canna House