Tullie House Museum collects and preserves objects and information concerning the wildlife and geology of Cumbria.

The museum holds large and important collections of zoological, botanical and geological material.

Tullie House Museum also maintains a local biological records database with over 200,000 records of wildlife sightings in Cumbria.

A display of the wildlife of the area from the Lakeland and Pennine fells to the Solway Firth can be seen in our Wildlife Gallery.


Botany Collection

The museum holds over 59,000 specimens in its herbarium, collected from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. It includes the extensive Cumbrian collection acquired from the University of Lancaster. The collections consist mainly of study material of flowering plants, ferns, mosses, and seaweeds,...


Our geology collection includes minerals (minerology), fossils (palaeontology) and rocks (petrology). Cumbria is one of the richest mining areas in Britain, and so we hold a significant minerals collection, including specimens from the world-renowned Caldbeck Fells. Among our 6,000 fossils, there...


Drawer of beetle species

Insect Collections The Entomology collections contain some 100,000 specimens, covering most British insect Orders. The bulk of this derives from the collections of three local amateur entomologists - G.B. Routledge (1864-1934), J. Murray (1872-1942) and F.H. Day (1875-1963). All three collected a...

Vertebrates and Invertebrates

We have around 1,500 mounted British birds and mammals, 2,500 study skins, over 3,500 egg clutches and small numbers of fish and osteology specimens. The collection has mainly come from Victorian naturalists as well as some more recent collectors, and represents a wide selection of British mammals...

Wildlife Records

Wildlife Records Tullie House Museum established what may be the first ever local biological records centre in 1902 at the instigation of the curator at the time - Linnaeus Eden Hope - and Carlisle Natural History Society. Today the Museum hosts Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC), which holds...

Carlisle Natural History Society

  Go to Carlisle Natural History Society website http://www.carlislenats.org.uk Carlisle Natural History Society, established in 1893, has been studying the wildlife of Cumbria for over 100 years. The society aims to encourage the study, enjoyment and knowledge of the animals and plants of Cumbria...


Curatorial Team

Our team work with the natural history of Cumbria, including:

  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Botany

If you have any queries about our collections, or are interested in booking a talk or a tour from a member of our curatorial team (charges apply), please contact us at curatorialenquiries@tulliehouse.org or (01228) 618773.


Tullie House also hosts the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, which collects and holds data relating to the biodiversity of Cumbria. Their website can be reached at http://www.cbdc.org.uk/, and they can be contacted at info@cbdc.org.uk.


E-mail: curatorialenquiries@tulliehouse.org
Telephone: (01228) 618773

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