Images from the MBA Archive Collection, ET Browne (above) and the MBA Laboratory, Plymouth, 1895 (below).


Project Archive: The ET Browne Project


Working with Anne-Flore Laloë from the Marine Biological Association, this project called upon the resources of SWiB to assist with the appraisal, digitisation and promotion of a notable collection of around 300 glass plates found within the MBAs archive holdings taken by ET Browne.

Edward Thomas Browne (1866-1937) was a Marine Biologist with a wide interest in all living things, but who specialised in the study of hydroids and medusae (jellyfish).

Browne began studying marine life in 1891 at University College, London and this led to visits to the marine stations in Ireland and the Isle of Man and to the laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. Over the following 20 years, he was a regular visitor to Devon and Cornwall.

Not only was Browne interested in microscopy, he was also a very capable artist and a talented photographer.

Browne was an active member of the MBA and a generous benefactor for the Association. The MBA Archive retains his scientific and personal papers, his publications and his glass plate negatives of specimens and local scenes.

From November 2012, Browne's archive of images can be viewed onsite in the SWiB gallery. Access to the full gallery of his images will soon be available on the MBA website. Link to it here:

ET Browne Archive at the Marine Biological Association.

Further information about the project can be seen here: Plymouth Herald article.

All photographs from the collection © Marine Biological Association.



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