Collections statistics

Living Collection


Together with the Herbarium and Library and Archive Collections, the Living Collection underpins the botanical, horticultural, conservation and education work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The Collection, which has been amassed over many years and includes plants from over 150 countries, is grown in four climatically and topographically diverse regions of Scotland. The four garden landscapes created by the plants are also used as a backdrop for exhibitions, events, theatre, art and recreation, meaning that the plants are at the core of RBGE’s work.
 
Ensuring that the plants meet the needs of all users and stakeholders is an invigorating challenge that necessitates constant and accurate record keeping. Analysis of these records allows the Collection to be audited, benchmarked and managed.
As of the March 2015.
Living Collection Stats March 2015

% wild origin

59

% verification

32.3


Preserved Collection

Specimen transactions April 2013-March 2014

Incoming Loans 35  

Specimens borrowed by RBGE

1288

Outgoing Loans

72

Specimens lent by RBGE

3833

Specimens received as gifts and exchanges

7733

Total acquisitions

11512

 

Mounting




Specimens mounted

9045


Backlog of unmounted specimens

65425


Digitisation




Specimens barcoded and data entered

42218


Images online

49106


Identifications




Plant specimens identified from the general public

187


Plant specimens identified from the living collection

2217


Visitors




Specialist visitor days

617


Public visitor days

207






Library & Archives

Library Statistics

13/14    

12/13   

11/12   

10/11    

09/10 

Books Purchased

404

430

373

469

457

Current Journals

578

574

1,087

1,372

1,385

Total Journals Held

4,735

4,708

4,687

4,670

4,407

Library Items Catalogued

(incl. retrospective cataloguing)

1,943

1,537

2,321

3,884

4,113

Items Bound and / or Conserved

494

406

309

390

457

           

 Visitors

532

652

528

900

950

 Enquiries

1,950

1,800

1,800

2,000

2,200

           

Items checked during BookCheck

1,635        
           
           

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