In Search of Our Secret ‘Science’ Santa

Last week, two large boxes were donated to the school. Once the boxes were checked, they were passed onto our busy Science department.

When the boxes were eventually opened, there were hundreds of pounds worth of lab microscopes, but more importantly, a treasure trove of biology slides – 500 individual specimens in total. To view these under a microscope as opposed to on the internet is to bring the Science to life. Using the focus wheel dramatically enhances the 3D nature of a sample.

What is particularly impressive is that some of the slides are from Germany, some are even from Russia and a few date back to 1890! This leads us to believe that this collection must be the life’s work of an individual, and therefore highly cherished. We will take extra care of these slides, but would love to share with the kind donor the joy our pupils are already receiving from them. It really is like Christmas here at Coombe Dean’s Science department!

We would very much like to reach out and contact our ‘secret Santa’. There is even a stamp on the side of one of the microscopes; ‘Bot. Dept. Leeds University’ as a clue to help us in our festive quest…!

Take a look at the Plymouth Live coverage, although you may have to forgive the unusual headline:


R McDermott

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