We’ve just archivally packaged a very touching group of items: dried flowers collected from the grave of Eleonar Gell (Sir John Franklin’s daughter) in Tredunnoc, Monmouthshire. They were mounted on black-edged card by her husband John Philip Gell for their seven children – Eleanor, Franklin, Philip, Mary, Henry, Alice and Lucy – and stored together in a blue cover.
The date on the cards is that of Eleanor’s funeral, a few days after her death on 30 August 1860 – she was 36.
The flowers are still in remarkable condition and to keep them that way we’ve placed each card in an archival polyester sleeve and then made a folder to store them in so we keep them out of light. We’ve then made another folder so we can keep the dried flowers together with the cover.
This memorial to a lost parent’s love should now be safe for at least another 160 years.