Welcome to peterboyd.com
Peter D. A. Boyd
This site is intended to provide access to web versions of popular articles and academic papers written by Peter Boyd over a number of years.
The subjects have included Charles Darwin, GIS (Geographical Information Systems), museums, Pteridomania (the Victorian Fern Craze), Scots Roses, lifelong-learning, heritage websites, garden history, geology, micropalaeontology, palaeoecology, environmental archaeology, ceramics, Victorian decorative arts and local history.
The places have included Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Devon, the Inner Hebrides, Essex, the City of London and rose gardens in France, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Sweden, Canada and California.
Colour versions of the original illustrations and, in some cases, additional ones may be added to complement the published version. Some items may be 'published' here for the first time.
However, the main idea is to provide web versions of items that have already been through some form of 'peer review' through traditional publication. You may therefore have some confidence in the reliability of the information provided.
The website includes lengthy academic papers and quite short contributions to newsletters or similar almost ephemeral publications.
Peter Boyd was formerly Curator (Shrewsbury Museums), retiring on 3rd May 2011. He was Curator/Museums Collections Manager for Shrewsbury Museums for nearly 17 years. The creation and development of the Darwin Country lifelong learning website and an online collections management system, ShrewD Online were major features of his work and he was involved with the planning of a new county museum to be opened in the Music Hall complex in Shrewsbury in 2013.
Research, writing, lecturing and the conservation of old garden plant cultivars have been important parts of Peter's life for many years, outside his employment in museums. Retirement from his museum career allows him to devote more time to these activities.
He has written a number of articles about Charles Darwin and the Darwin Family in Shrewsbury - where Charles was born and educated. He has lectured in Britain, California, Germany and Slovenia about Charles Darwin (including a Darwin Day lecture at Stanford University in February 2008, a Darwin conference at the University of Giessen, Germany in September 2009 and a Biodiversity Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2009).
Peter Boyd has also been writing a book on Scots Roses (cultivars and hybrids of Rosa spinosissima) which were first developed in Scotland in the late 18th century. They were most popular between about 1820 and 1835 when hundreds of varieties were available. His own collection of Scots Roses has been awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage (formerly the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens [NCCPG]). He has advised on the naming of Scots Roses and other Pimpinellifolias at the Europa-Rosarium at Sangerhausen in Germany (the largest collection of rose species and hybrids in the World) and at the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne at l'Ha˙ les Roses near Paris in France (the oldest surviving specialist rose garden).
He has written articles on Scots Roses and other Pimpinellifolias that have been published in Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, the USA and New Zealand (see Scots Roses and other Pimpinellifolias ). He has lectured in Britain, France, Denmark, Slovenia, Canada and California about Scots Roses.
His book is due to be published by The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Royal Horticultural Society in Spring 2013 - see 'Scots Roses, Rosa spinosissima and other Pimpinellifolias' .
Peter Boyd is a Member (representing Northern Europe) of the Heritage Rose Committee of the World Federation of Rose Societies and an advisor to The Heritage Rose Foundation.
This website will continue to be developed with the occasional addition of illustrated articles and subsequently updated as necessary.
Some short-cut links to Peter Boyd's publications on particular subjects - see Publications for all his publications
Charles Darwin and Darwin Country
Botany, Plants and Garden History
Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Ferns and Pteridomania
Museum or Heritage Websites and GIS
Scots Roses and other Pimpinellifolias
* Information on Peter D. A. Boyd's forthcoming book *
'Scots Roses, Rosa spinosissima and other Pimpinellifolias'
Web versions of published and other contributions:-
Article for The Towton Herald (newsletter of The Towton Battlefield Society) Winter 2010-2011 (part 1) and Spring 2011 (part 2) on Towton Roses: fact and fable
Article for The Towton Herald (newsletter of The Towton Battlefield Society) Summer 2010 on The Towton Rose
Video of lecture at International Conference Bioscience and Society: Biodiversity - Diversity of Living Systems. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2nd October 2009 on The Young Charles Darwin video [external website]
Article for International Conference Bioscience and Society: Biodiversity - Diversity of Living Systems in Ljubljana, Slovenia on The Young Charles Darwin article FULL TEXT
Article for The World Rose Convention in Vancouver Canada June 2009 on The World Heritage of Scots Roses
Article for a Special publication celebating the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of Shrewsbury's Borough Museums on The History of Shrewsbury Museums
Article for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on Henry Honywood D'Ombrain (1818-1905), Church of England clergyman and gardener.
Article for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on Charles M'Intosh (1794-1864), horticulturist.
Article for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on James McNab (1810-1878), horticulturist and botanist.
Article for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on William McNab (1780-1848), horticulturist.
Article for Rosa Mundi journal of the Heritage Rose Foundation: Rosa spinosissima, Scots Roses and the North American connection
Article for OGR & Shrub Journal of the American Rose Society: Scots Roses - past and present
Full text of article on the Victorian Fern Cult in South-west Britain: Victorian Fern Cult
Article for The Scottish Garden magazine Ferns and Pteridomania in Victorian Scotland
Paper for The Plantsman (RHS) Scots Roses then and now
Summary of presentation to International Heritage Roses Conference at Chaalis, France June 2007 published in Rosa Gallica Scots Roses and other Pimpinellifolias: their rediscovery and conservation
Paper for NCCPG Shropshire Group Newsletter 'The Darwin Family and their Plants at The Mount in Shrewsbury' Darwin Family Plants at The Mount
Paper for Plant Heritage (NCCPG) The Search for Lost Scots Roses
Paper for Roses et Roseraies on 'Rosiers Pimprenelles, Pimpinellifolias ou Scots Roses':-
Rosiers Pimprenelles, Pimpinellifolias ou Scots Roses (Version française)
Rosiers Pimprenelles, Pimpinellifolias or Scots Roses (English version)
Paper for Rosenjahrbuch 2005 on 'A Personal Crusade in Search of Scots Roses' / 'Ein persönlicher Kreuzzug auf der Suche nach Dünenrosen'. Scots Roses in Rosenjahrbuch 2005
Paper for PlantNetwork Newsletter on 'In Search of lost Scots Roses'. Lost Scots Roses
Paper for NCCPG Shropshire Branch Autumn Newsletter 2004 on 'Scots Roses in Europe and the Europa-Rosarium at Sangerhausen in Germany' Scots Roses in Europe
Paper for the RNRS Historic Rose Journal on 'Mary McMurtrie, painter of Scots Roses' Mary McMurtrie 1902-2003
Paper for the RNRS Historic Rose Journal on 'Scots Roses: a new look at an exuberant group of old roses' Scots Roses 3
Paper for NCCPG Shropshire Branch Spring Newsletter 2003 on 'Scots Roses, Scotch Roses, Burnet Roses - by any other name would smell as sweet!' Scots Roses 2
Paper for Darwin Day Program on 'Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Birthplace of Charles Darwin and Darwin Country'. Charles Darwin and Shrewsbury
Abstract of paper on 'ShrewD Access' for 'Joined-up users' for mda 2002 Conference 'Common Threads' . ShrewD Access for Joined-up Users
Paper for Vine on 'Multi-disciplinary Content Management in Darwin Country'. Multi-disciplinary Content Management in Darwin Country
Paper for Spectra on website creation and content management in 'Darwin Country': Spectra paper on content management
LITC/LAMIT Conference presentation on Content Management in Darwin Country: Website Content Management
Scots Roses - cultivars of Rosa pimpinellifolia: Scots Roses
Humphrey J. Welch (conifer expert) obituary: Humphrey J. Welch 1908-2001
MDA 2000 Conference paper: 'Darwin Country - Cradle of Science, Technology and the Better Life!' - a case study
AGI Conference 2000 GIS paper: Heritage UK plc - a portal to space and time through web GIS
AGI Conference 1999 GIS paper: GIS in Museums - a case study
Darwin's Garden at The Mount, Shrewsbury article: Darwin Garden Project
Sale of Darwin's Garden at The Mount, Shrewsbury: Sale of The Mount 1866
Garden History in Darwin Country Website: Garden History in 'Darwin Country'
Shropshire cultivated plants article: A register of Shropshire-related cultivated plants
Ferny antiques article: Pteridomania - the Victorian passion for ferns
Victorian Fern Cult in South-west Britain: Victorian Fern Cult
British Pteridological Society article: North Devon Field Meeting 1992
Palaeoecology and environmental archaeology in medieval London: Medieval River Fleet
Shropshire Museum Service
British Pteridological Society
National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG)
World Federation of Rose Societies
Peter D. A. Boyd.
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Revised: March 30th 2012