Mrs Eileen Chattaway died peacefully after a short illness on 9 February 2017. She was a keen field mycologist and became a skilled modeller of the larger fungi, initiating the BMS collection of Fungus Models which became known as the Travelling Exhibition. In 1987, the British Mycological Society arranged a Fungus Modelling Workshop in Pershore, Worcs. given by Dr S. Diamandis from Greece who specialised in latex modelling techniques. Eileen was one of the participants and by 1996 she had made 35 tableaux of diverse fungi.
These she first kept at home but she thought that they would be more useful if she loaned most of them to the BMS for the purpose of a Travelling Exhibition to the general public. Each species was modelled from living material and consisted of one or more fungus fruiting bodies mounted in their natural habitat and set upon a thick piece of cork (see Plate 1 and 2).