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From the bustling Stock Jobbers Pitches at London Stock Exchange to the delicate Case of British Butterflies, collecting takes many forms

Background imageCollecting Collection: Case of British Butterflies Lepidoptera

Case of British Butterflies Lepidoptera
A collectors case of British butterflies. There are some 59 breeding butterflies in the UK and four former breeders, as well as rare migrants like the monarch all the way from America

Background imageCollecting Collection: London Stock Exchange - The Stock Jobbers Pitches

London Stock Exchange - The Stock Jobbers Pitches. Date: early 1960s

Background imageCollecting Collection: Collecting Turf from the Bog, Connemara, County Galway

Collecting Turf from the Bog, Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland

Background imageCollecting Collection: Wartime pig food poster

Wartime pig food poster
We Want Your Kitchen Waste - poster encouraging the saving of food scraps for use as pig food, to be collected by the council. It also feeds poultry

Background imageCollecting Collection: Flora or Primavera, Roman wall painting from Pompeii, c1st century

Flora or Primavera, Roman wall painting from Pompeii, c1st century. Wall painting of Flora, goddess of fertility and abundance, or Primavera. At Naples National Archaeological Museum

Background imageCollecting Collection: Horse-drawn harvester

Horse-drawn harvester
Two shire horses pull a farmer sitting asride an basic harvesting machine. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCollecting Collection: A selection of common British Moths

A selection of common British Moths Date: circa 1920s

Background imageCollecting Collection: Bees in springtime

Bees in springtime
Bees enjoy collecting pollen from abundant catkins on pussy willow branches growing by a river

Background imageCollecting Collection: Collecting Scrap Metal

Collecting Scrap Metal. Conor, William 1881-1968

Background imageCollecting Collection: Humboldt and his party collecting plant

Humboldt and his party collecting plant
Specimens at the foot of Mount Chimborazo. Detail from Plate 25 Voyage aux Regions Equinoxiales by Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)

Background imageCollecting Collection: Little Lady Bountiful

Little Lady Bountiful - a young girl in a white summer gown offers her less well-to- do friends (one of whom has been collecting reeds) a slice of cake

Background imageCollecting Collection: Honeybee in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Honeybee in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
SAS-440 Honeybee - in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany Apis mellifera Steffen & Alexandra Sailer Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageCollecting Collection: On The Long Mynd, Church Stretton, 1907. Creator: David Bates

On The Long Mynd, Church Stretton, 1907. Creator: David Bates
On The Long Mynd, Church Stretton, 1907

Background imageCollecting Collection: St. Georges Hospital, London

St. Georges Hospital, London
St. Georges Hospital, now the Lanesborough Hotel, London Date: circa 1903

Background imageCollecting Collection: Beekeeping, 19th century

Beekeeping, 19th century
Beekeeping, 19th-century artwork. Beekeeper extracting honey from honeycombs obtained from a beehive. Bees collect nectar from a wide range of flowering plants

Background imageCollecting Collection: Pika - Colorado - Storing vegetation to be used as food in winter - Inhabits talus slopes

Pika - Colorado - Storing vegetation to be used as food in winter - Inhabits talus slopes
CAN-2977 Pika - storing vegetation to be used as food in winter Colorado, USA Ochotona princeps Inhabits talus slopes and rock slides usually near timberline and high mountains. Lives in colonies

Background imageCollecting Collection: Charity Bootblacks

Charity Bootblacks
To raise money for hospitals, English girls offer their services as shoeblacks to passing gentlemen in the streets of London

Background imageCollecting Collection: Red Panda / Red Cat-bear - animal transporting bedding for den, Hessen, Germany

Red Panda / Red Cat-bear - animal transporting bedding for den, Hessen, Germany
USH-2442 Red / Lesser PANDA / Red cat-bear - animal transporting bedding for den Hessen, Germany Ailurus fulgens Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageCollecting Collection: The Eightieth Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, fought 21 October 1805

The Eightieth Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, fought 21 October 1805
1041185 The Eightieth Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, fought 21 October 1805, Admiral Collingwood collecting his Fleet the Morning after the Battle (engraving) by Wyllie

Background imageCollecting Collection: High Street, Tonbridge, Kent

High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, with Rathbone (watchmaker), Mayes (dyer and cleaner), and road sweepers collecting horse manure. Date: circa 1906

Background imageCollecting Collection: A futuristic alien plant harvest

A futuristic alien plant harvest

Background imageCollecting Collection: Peat cutting with blocks drying Isle of Skye, Scotland

Peat cutting with blocks drying Isle of Skye, Scotland
MAB-20 Peat cutting with blocks / briquettes drying Isle of Skye, Scotland Extracting fuel fossil seam. Mark Boulton Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageCollecting Collection: DOG. English springer spaniel carrying pheasant in mouth

DOG. English springer spaniel carrying pheasant in mouth
JD-21239 DOG. English springer spaniel carrying pheasant in mouth John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageCollecting Collection: Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe

Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe
The Druids were highly respected by the Britons because of their wisdom and used to collect mistletoe to give to people on feast days

Background imageCollecting Collection: Rent Day, c1584-1638. Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Rent Day, c1584-1638. Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Rent Day, c1584-1638. From the Burghley House Collection, Lincolnshire

Background imageCollecting Collection: The Day before Christmas: Gathering the Holly by Millar Watt

The Day before Christmas: Gathering the Holly by Millar Watt
From a painting in oils made for The Sphere Christmas number front cover by Millar Watt. Snowy scene showing a 1920s family gathering holly on Christmas Eve. Date: 25th November 1929

Background imageCollecting Collection: Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents
For many years it has been the custom of Mr. E. A. Anderson of Broadstairs to take out Christmas presents to the crew of the Goodwin lightship - collecting the presents. Date: 1930s

Background imageCollecting Collection: Mlle. Lyska Kostio and her collection of dolls

Mlle. Lyska Kostio and her collection of dolls
One of the latest crazes in Paris in the early 1910s was doll-collecting. Apparently Mlle. Kostio took all her dolls with her when she travelled, and looked after them all herself

Background imageCollecting Collection: Collecting Eggs at Flamborough Head

Collecting Eggs at Flamborough Head
Collecting seagulls eggs at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. A traditional practice for farmers whose land adjoined the cliff edge

Background imageCollecting Collection: The Watercress beds in Footscray, Kent cared for by Mr and Mrs Johnstone seen walking

The Watercress beds in Footscray, Kent cared for by Mr and Mrs Johnstone seen walking across the bridge. 1938

Background imageCollecting Collection: Ichthyosaurus fossil C013 / 7904

Ichthyosaurus fossil C013 / 7904
Ichthyosaurus fossil

Background imageCollecting Collection: Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) adult, with sandeels and seaweed in beak, standing on rock

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) adult, with sandeels and seaweed in beak, standing on rock, Inner Farne, Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, july

Background imageCollecting Collection: 1827, 1839, Collecting British Insects

1827, 1839, Collecting British Insects
Frontis colour plate by Spry, and title " Instructions for Collecting, Rearing, and Preserving British and Foreign Insects" by Abel Ingpen. Published by William Smith, London

Background imageCollecting Collection: The lesser of two weevils

The lesser of two weevils
Two species of weevil showing the size disparity even in single families of insect. The larger is the Bamboo weevil of East Asia Cyrtotrachelus dux

Background imageCollecting Collection: 19th Century kit for Collecting Insects

19th Century kit for Collecting Insects
Colour plate by W. Spry in " Instructions for Collecting, Rearing, and Preserving British and Foreign Insects" by Abel Ingpen. Published by William Smith, London. Second edition 1839

Background imageCollecting Collection: Egyptian palm tree, 16th century artwork

Egyptian palm tree, 16th century artwork. The fruits of this palm tree are being harvested. The palm tree most commonly cultivated in this way is the date palm tree, which has sweet edible fruit

Background imageCollecting Collection: Cider Apple Picking

Cider Apple Picking
Cider making : collecting the grass-fruit

Background imageCollecting Collection: Londons new telephone-post kiosk

Londons new telephone-post kiosk
A new telephone kiosk in use in a London street, showing a caller inside, postage stamps being bought from the machine outside, and a postman collecting mail from the letterbox

Background imageCollecting Collection: Michelin Tyre Advert

Michelin Tyre Advert
A Michelin Tyre Advertisement, showing the Michelin Man aiding the local workers in rubber collection!

Background imageCollecting Collection: Long-tailed Tit - making nest with floor cloth stolen from washing line

Long-tailed Tit - making nest with floor cloth stolen from washing line
ME-2170 Long-tailed Tit - making nest with floor cloth stolen from washing line Aegithalos caudatus Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageCollecting Collection: Great Bowerbird

Great Bowerbird
HB-1610 Great Grey BOWERBIRD - decorating bower with red hibiscus flowers, bones and empty shells Australia Chlamydera nuchalis Hans & Judy Beste Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageCollecting Collection: Burnham Beeches, Bucks

Burnham Beeches, Bucks
A woodland area near Slough, Berkshire, famed for its magnificent beech and other trees : a countrywoman and her dog are collecting firewood

Background imageCollecting Collection: Beautiful Butterflies: A collector at work in New Guinea (colour litho)

Beautiful Butterflies: A collector at work in New Guinea (colour litho)
6003270 Beautiful Butterflies: A collector at work in New Guinea (colour litho) by Twidle, Arthur (1865-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: A collector at work in New Guinea)

Background imageCollecting Collection: The Gleaners, Blockley, Gloucestershire

The Gleaners, Blockley, Gloucestershire
A family group collecting left over corn at Blockley. The title might be a reflection of the painting by Jean-Francois Millet noted for depicting peasant workers in a sympathetic way Date: 1905

Background imageCollecting Collection: Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving)

Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving)
STC169277 Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving) by Wilkie, David (1785-1841) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCollecting Collection: The Colza (Harvesting Rapeseed), 1860 (oil on canvas)

The Colza (Harvesting Rapeseed), 1860 (oil on canvas)
CGW443187 The Colza (Harvesting Rapeseed), 1860 (oil on canvas) by Breton, Jules (1827-1906); 93.9x137.1 cm; Corcoran Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. USA; William A

Background imageCollecting Collection: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychw- yrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychw- yrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Collecting railway tickets in Wales. A Third Class ticket issued on 14th August, 1908 between Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Background imageCollecting Collection: Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18

Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18
A case displaying various beetle specimens collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage, as well as a map of the ships route



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From the bustling Stock Jobbers Pitches at London Stock Exchange to the delicate Case of British Butterflies, collecting takes many forms. Whether it's a wartime pig food poster or a horse-drawn harvester, humans have always been drawn to gather and preserve. In Sudan, General Dinka children collect shea butter fruit with joyous enthusiasm, while in Connemara, County Galway, turf is carefully collected from the bog. Bees buzz busily in springtime as they diligently collect nectar for their hive. A selection of common British Moths showcases nature's beauty captured by collectors' hands. Little Lady Bountiful shares her treasures generously with those around her. Even scrap metal has its value when collected and repurposed for a greater purpose. St George's Hospital in London collects stories of healing and hope within its walls every day. Beekeeping in the 19th century was an art form practiced by dedicated individuals who understood the importance of these tiny creatures' work. Collecting connects us to our past, present, and future - preserving moments that would otherwise be lost.