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    WWI Water Lily

    The Natural History Society of Warwick School was tremendously active in late Victorian times and the early 20th century.  There was a huge thirst for knowledge of the natural world, and expeditions were mounted, and specimens were collected, sorted and labelled.  There is evidence that an early “school museum”, containing a wide variety of interesting objects, lined the corridor nearest the chapel.  This is very near where the Portcullis Room, containing a school museum set up in 2009, is situated.

    When the 1957 science block was being emptied prior to demolition in 2007, the entire pressed plants collection of the Natural History Society came to light, with specimens dating from the 1870s to the time of the First World War.  Indeed, one of the most touching items is this water lily, collected, presumably in complete ignorance of what was going on in the world around him, by an anonymous pupil on holiday in Norfolk on the day that the First World War started – August 4th, 1914.

    1. OB96 WWI Water Lily