It came from the collection of Charles Moore (1869-1949), who collected his shells worldwide.
In the 1800s there was a tremendous growth of interest in natural history. Enthusiastic amateurs formed societies, sometimes called Linnaean societies on account of their concern with classification. There were several societies in Tameside, for instance the Ashton Field Naturalists, founded in the 1860s.
Although interest in natural history seems to be on the increase there has been considerable change in attitude since 1900.
Moore worked in Wilson and Robert’s office in Millbrook and was also an enthusiastic member of Stalybridge Harmonic Society and St Paul’s Operatic Society. Among his more important finds were specimens of Vertigo Alpestris, the first recorded for North Lancashire, found in 1902. The specimens shown here are as they were boxed and labelled by Moore himself. He also exchanged specimens with naturalists abroad to build up further his collection of foreign specimens.
Over 3,300 little boxes of shells collected by Moore are held by Tameside Museums and Galleries Service.