Alfred Waterhouse and the Natural History Museum

Mark Girouard

Mark Girouard explores the history of the design and building of one of London's most outstanding pieces of architecture - the Natural History Museum at South Kensington.

978 0 565 09135 4
April 1999
213 x 230 mm
64 pp
Colour and black-and-white throughout
Natural History Museum


The author traces the development of the design, describes the influences of the key personalities involved and highlights some of the building's most interesting features. 

From the running of a national lottery for funds to the concern about nude statues that might 'corrupt and degrade public taste', the Museum's beginnings were full of controversy. This lively text is supported by fascinating historical illustrations and contemporary photographs and will appeal to all those interested in this much-loved museum and its architecture.

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Pages from Alfred Waterhouse

Terracotta designs from the Museum building.

Pages from Alfred Waterhouse

Preliminary sketches and designs of the Museum building.

Pages from Alfred Waterhouse

Buildings that influenced the design of the Museum, and the interior of the Museum itself.


Mark Girouard is one of Britain's leading architectural historians.

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