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#26 2018-04-04 16:08:51

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Name: Phil Brighton
From: Warrington
Registered: 2011-10-21
Posts: 363

Re: Dipterists Past

Manchester Museum has a card index of Diptera which was started by Harry Britten snr and has large numbers of his records in his hand-writing.  This card index was the basis of Kidd and Brindle's 1959 Diptera of Lancashire and Cheshire Part 1.   The Museum also has a daily diary kept by Harry Britten snr during the 1940s, which chronicles both domestic and dipterological daily activities.



#27 2018-04-11 11:59:31

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Name: Array Array
Registered: 2009-08-31
Posts: 12

Re: Dipterists Past

This is an excellent idea which we have been pursuing to some extent in Leicestershire.  I have been cataloguing the county collection of Diptera which has collections bought in especially from two collectors.  Edwin Lowe we know quite a bit about.  However, a major input into the collection comes from CR Billups with records from Woking, Ashdown Forest and Ashurstwood, E Sussex manly from the early 1900s (the labels are incredibly legible!).  However it is possible that CR Billups could be TR Billups.  I can't find out anything about CR but TR is well documented.  It has not been possible to locate the acquisition records for the collection as yet and I wonder if anyone can cast a light on the areas that TR collected so that, if these are indeed his specimens, then it may be possible that our collection labelling had a spelling mistake!



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