The Natural History Museum at South Kensington

A History of the Museum 1735-1980

William T. Stearn

Get a fascinating record of the story of one of Britain's best loved museums and one of the world's finest scientific institutions, in The Natural History Museum at South Kensington.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09030 2
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£30.00
Published:
January 1981
Size:
234 x 156 mm
Extent:
440 pp
Illustrations:
88 black-and-white illustrations
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

This is a new printing of the classic, comprehensive history of the origins and growth of the Natural History Museum from the 1750s until 1980. 

It covers the early years of the development of the original natural history collection and its acquisition by the British Museum, through the establishment of a separate museum at South Kensington, to the maturing of that site.

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Author

William Stearn CBE was on the staff of the Botany Department of the NHM from 1952 to 1976. He has written many books and articles and in 1980 was appointed a Commander of the Royal Order of the Northern Star for his services to science and scholarship.

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"The remarkable and often surprising story of one of London's most popular museums. It reveals the controversies and intrigues behind its progress, and brings alive the succession of gifted, strong minded, and often argumentative men to whom the Natural History Museum owes its being, its public utility and international renown. The book is extremely well illustrated throughout with photographs, and as well as being an authoritative history it makes interesting and entertaining reading. "

The Lady

"A marvellous book to mark the centenary of South Kensington's famous museum...the museum has for a hundred years been home to the world's best in natural history. Professor Stearn tells its story in fascinating style helped by the score of illustrations."

Manchester Evening News

"The story of the Museum through the lives and the personalities who created it. We have in this admirable book not only natural history but a fascinating collection of specimen scientists to study as well."

Eastern Daily Press

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