Series ASH - Items relating to the Botanic Ash Exhibition 1993

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Items relating to the Botanic Ash Exhibition 1993


  • 1992 - 1993 (Creation)

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1 box, 1 object, 1m

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The photographs relate to the work of the RBGE Arboriculture Dept in that they show the 'Botanic Ash' (Fraxinus excelsior) being felled in 1992. They were stored in a shed and transferred to the Archives in 2018.
The limb piece was one of the exhibits created by Tim Stead and displayed in the Caledonian Hall in 1993. It was given to Henry Noltie and transferred to the Archives in 2016.

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GB235/ASH/1/1-16: 1 box of 16 mounted photographs showing the felling of the Ash tree in 1992; and
GB235 ASH/2: part of one of the tree limbs sliced into sections by Tim Stead to show the damage done internally by fungus; tree limb sections can be arranged to form an artistic sculpture.

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Permission required by RBGE.

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limb piece is fragile, has numerous components stacked one on top of the other and therefore requires careful handling.

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A film was made by David Peat relating to the tree felling and Botanic Ash exhibition called 'Tim Stead, Working in Wood'; it can be viewed here, thanks to Paige Hughes and the Tim Stead Trust:

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Photographs are stored with RBGE photographs, limb section is in objects Case (2) in RBGE Library.

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  • Shelf: G:5:3