On Monday 29th July the Library & Archives hosted a tour for 2013’s participants in the Young Graduates for Museums and Galleries programme (YGMG), an annual scheme which provides the opportunity for gifted 16-18 year old students to spend time behind the scenes of many of the major Museum and Galleries in London.
This year, sixteen students were able to spend a day at the NHM, learning about the work of our scientists and staff, with the hope that it would inspire some to consider pursuing a career in the Museum and Galleries sector .
After visiting a variety of institutions across London, the students are given the opportunity to undertake a summer internship during the school holidays.
Part of the students’ day at the NHM was spent in the Library & Archives, where they were shown some of our treasures. These included our oldest book - an edition of Pliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis from 1469, and some field notebooks from the Malay Archipelago belonging to Alfred Russel Wallace.
Library staff love meeting the students each year, and greatly enjoy their enthusiasm for the collections we show them. We hope seeing some of our material inspires them for the future, and perhaps they may return one day as staff members!
Lisa Di Tommaso
(Special Collections Librarian)