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On Saturday 19th October, the Library & Archives collections united with the Palaeontology specimens, to illustrate the life and work of numerous women in Science, specifically the field of geology and palaeontology, as part of a Trowelblazers Wikipedia edit event. The event Twitter hashtag was #tbwiki.

 

I am confident the Library & Archives have not been involved in an event such as this before and it was a pleasure to work with Victoria Herridge, Zoe Hughes, Pip Brewer and Sandra Chapman from the NHM Earth Sciences Department to put the display together.

 

Those attending had an initial session on arrival at 10.00 am, on the basics of Wikipedia from John Cummings, our Wikimedian in Residence. He gave a background to the beast that is Wikipedia, showed us how to set up an account, and gave hints and tips on the practicalities of editing and creating pages.

 

After about an hour, the group made their way over to behind the scenes in the Library to see the display. Included were twenty original palaeontological specimens and thirty six original Library & Archives items, illustrating the lives of at least ten different women. This display was brought together uniquely for this event, and many of the items had not been next to each other since they came to the museum.

 

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Those covered included: Mary Anning (1799-1847), Dorothea Bate (1878-1951), Dorothy Garrod (1892-1968), Barbara Yelverton Marchioness of Hastings (1810-1858), Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907), Helen Muir Wood (1831-1924), Elizabeth Gray (1831-1924), Mary Home Smith (1784-1866) and (Lucy) Evelyn Cheesman (1881-1969).

 

The display was appropriately set in the former Earth Sciences Library public reading room, surrounded by books on geology, palaeontology and mineralogy, and looked over by the oil painting portrait of Mary Anning herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As is usual the display set off many a discussion and ignited numerous questions, which is always so great. I always learn so much from listening to those around me, both staff and visitors. Being able to bring the L&A and specimens together to illustrate a common subject is such a priviledge. These were created and collected together by their original owner and so it is great to reunite them.

 

 

The reaction from the audience was really lovely.

 

Then it was back to the NHM boardroom to get stuck into the wiki page editing and creating, fueled by copious amounts for coffee and biscuits!

 

Towards the end of the day everyone returned to the Library for further discussion and studying of the items on display.

 

A thoroughly enjoyable day. I hope that everyone had a great time, and will keep up the focus on the Wikipedia pages on their return to the outside world.

 

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If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

Anthropology

 

Flinders Petrie : a life in archaeology / by Margaret S. Drower.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1985.
A 96 o PET

 

Palaeontology

 

Isotope geology / Claude J. Allègre
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
P 7 o ALL

 

Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales/ edited by Tony Waltham and David Lowe. vol. 1
Great Hucklow: British Cave Research Association, 2013
P 72Aa o CAV

 

Geology of Ireland : a field guide / P.A. Meere ... [et al.]
Cork : Collins Press, 2013.
P 72Ac o MEE

 

Shore to summit : a photographic guide to the geology of Britain and Ireland / Fran Halsall
London : Frances Lincoln, 2013.
P 72 o HAL

 


Botany


Orchids in the life and work of Auguste R. Endrés / edited by Carlos Ossenbach, Franco Pupulin and Rudolf Jenny with contributions by Christa Riedl-Dorn and Ernst Vitek
Wien : Verlag des Naturhistorisches Museum, 2013.
B 92 END OSS Q

 

Plant genome diversity. Volume 2, Physical structure, behaviour and evolution of plant genomes / Ilia J. Leitch, editor-in-chief ; Johann Greilhuber, Jaroslav Doležel, Jonathan F. Wendel, editors.
Wien : Springer, 2013.
B 576.1 PLA Q

 

Ancient trees in the landscape : Norfolk's arboreal heritage / by Gerry Barnes and Tom Williamson.
Oxford, UK : Windgather Press, 2011.
B 635.97 BAR

 

Endemism in vascular plants / editor: Carsten Hobohm
Dordrecht ; London : Springer-Verlag, 2014 (2013 printing)
B 581.5 HOB

 

Fundamentals of tree-ring research / James H. Speer
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2010.
B 581.14 SPE

 


Entomology


Fauna Sinica, Insecta. Vol.49, Diptera : Muscidae (I) = Zhōngguó dòngwù zhì, Kūnchóng gāng / by Fan Zide ... [et al.]
Beijing : Science Press, 2008.
E 73H o FAU

 

Fauna Sinica, Insecta. Vol.50, Diptera : Syrphidae = Zhongguo dong wu zhi, kun chong gang. Di 50 juan, Shuang chi mu : Shi ya ying ke / Huang Chunmei, Cheng Xinyue
Beijing : Science Press, 2012.
E 73H o FAU

 

Fauna Sinica, Insecta. Vol.59, Diptera : Tabanidae = Zhongguo dong wu zhi, kun chong gang / byXu Rongman and Sun Yi
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
E 73H o FAU

 

The spirit of the hive : the mechanisms of social evolution / Robert E. Page, Jr.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.
E DC HYMENOPTERA P.54

 

Butterflies of the Garo Hills / Sanjay Sondhi ... [et al.]
New Delhi : Samrakshan Trust, Titli Trust, Dehradun and Indian Foundation for Butterflies, Bengaluru, 2013.
E DC RHOPALOCERA S.125

 

Handbook of turfgrass insects / Rick L. Brandenburg, Callie P. Freeman (ed.)

Lanham, MD : Entomological Society of America, [2012].

E ECON SECT BRA

 


General


The subterranean environment : hypogean life, concepts and collecting techniques = L'ambiente sotterraneo : vita ipogea, concetti e tecniche di raccolta / Pier Mauro Giachino, Dante Vailati.
Verona : WBA Books, [2010].
L 1 o GIA

 

Grumpy scientists : the ecological conscience of a nation / Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher (eds.)
Mosman, NSW : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 2013.
L 65B q LUN

 

Exploring the role of traditional ecological knowledge in climate change initiatives / Kirsten Vinyeta and Kathy Lynn.
Portland, OR : U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, [2013]
L 66A q VIN

 

Sea beans and Ivory nuts / Ed & Biddy Jarzembowski
[Seaford] : Seaford Museum & Heritage Society, 2013.
L 72A o JAR

 

Species extinction in Meghalaya / D. Marngar, R.D. Lyngdoh (eds.)

Guwahati : DVS Publishers, 2011

L 73F o MAR

 

The pigment compendium : a dictionary of historical pigments / Nicholas Eastaugh ... [et al.].
Amsterdam; London : Elsevier, 2005.
L 83 q PIG

 

Mineralogy


Taiwan's Gems : Wen Stone
Taipei, Taiwan : National Central Library, [2012]
M 553.8(529) TAI

 

Izumrudnye gody mira = Orbis anni smaragdini / V.B. Semenov, N.I. Timofeev ; [pod nauch. red. V.N. Avdonina].
Ekaterinburg : Fond Timofeeva : IGEMMO "Lithica", 2004-2006
553.83 SEM Tom 1, kniga 1

553.83 SEM Tom 1, kniga 2

553.83 SEM Tom 3, kniga 1

 

 

Zoology


Medieval pets / Kathleen Walker-Meikle.
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2012.
Z 3A o WAL

 

Animal ancestors / Sonia Cole, drawings and reconstructions by M. Maitland Howard.
London : Phoenix House ; New York : E. P. Dutton, 1964.
Z 17 o COL

 

The sea inside / Philip Hoare.
London : Fourth Estate, 2013.
Z 49 o HOA

 

Bats of Vietnam : Checklist and an identification manual / Sergei V. Kruskop
Moscow : Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013.
Z MAMMALS 17E KRU

 

Peng hu de bei lei = Shells of Penghu / Wenlong Wu, Wansheng Cai
Ji long shi : Xing zheng yuan nong ye wei yuan hui shui chan shi yan suo, 2012.
Z MOLLUSCA 35 q WU

 

Zhongguo Nan Hai jing ji bei lei yuan se tu pu = Color atlas of economic mollusca from the South China Sea / Yang Wen ... [et al.]
Beijing Shi : Zhongguo nong ye chu ban she, 2013.
Z MOLLUSCA 35 q YAN

 

Land snails and slugs of the Pacific Northwest / Thomas E. Burke ; photographs by William P. Leonard.
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, [2013]
Z MOLLUSCA 75C o BUR

 

A murmuration of starlings : the collective nouns of animals and birds / Steve Palin.
Ludlow : Merlin Unwin, 2013.
Z REFERENCE 95B PAL

 

A complete guide to reptiles of Australia / Steve Wilson, Gerry Swan.
London : New Holland, 2013.
Z REPTILES 77 WIL

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The Library catalogue is available online and more information about the Library & Archives collections can be found via our website


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

 

Palaeontology

 

Crustal evolution and geodynamic processes in Central Europe: proceedings of the Joint conference of the Czech and German geological societies held in Plzeň (Pilsen), September 16 - 19, 2013/ Jiři Žák, Gernold Zulauf & Heinz-Gerd Röhling, (eds.)
Stuttgart: Schweizerbart, 2013.
P 12C q CRU

 

The rocks of Anglesey's coast / by Jack E. Treagus & Susan H. Treagus
Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2013
P 72Aa/5 o TRE

 

Geological field trips in Central Western Europe : Fragile Earth International Conference, Munich, September 2011 / edited by Sara Carena, Anke M. Friedrich, Bernd Lammerer
Boulder, Colorado : Geological Society of America, 2011.
P 72 q FRA

 

Geology of North Africa / E. Edward Tawadros.
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, 2012.
P 74 o TAW

 

On and around the Cincinnati Arch and Niagara Escarpment : geological field trips in Ohio and Kentucky for the GSA North-Central Section Meeting, Dayton, Ohio, 2012 / edited by Michael R. Sandy and Daniel Goldman.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, North-Central Section, 2012.
P 75C/35 q SAN

 

From the shield to the sea : geological field trips from the 2011 joint meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections / edited by Richard M. Ruffolo, Charles N. Ciampaglio.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2011.
P 75C/38 q RUF

 

Geologic field trips to the basin and range, Rocky Mountains, Snake River Plain, and terranes of the U.S. Cordillera / edited by Jeffrey Lee, James P. Evans.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2011.
P 75C q LEE

 


Botany


Flora Vegetativa : ein Bestimmungsbuch für Pflanzen der Schweiz im blütenlosen Zustand / Stefan Eggenberg, Adrian Möhl ; unter Mitarbeit von Christian Purro, Alain Jotterand und Sacha Wettstein ; Zeichnungen von Stefan Eggenberg, Adrian Möhl und Sacha Wettstein.
Bern : Haupt, 2013.
EURO HERBARIUM 581.9(494) EGG

 

Jue lei tu jian. 1, ji chu chang jian pian = Ferns of Taiwan. 1 / Guo Chengmeng, Yuan Liu Tawan guan.
Taibei Shi : Yuan liu chu ban shi ye gu fen you xian gong si, 2011.
FERNS 582.35(51) GUO

 

Hortus Malabaricus and the socio-cultural heritage of India / K.S. Manilal.
[Calicut] : Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy, Dept. of Botany, University of Calicut, 2012.
B 93(54) MAN

 

Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin's American plants : botanical expedition to the Caribbean (1754-1759) and the publication of the Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia / Santiago Madriñán.
Boston : Brill, 2013.
B 92 JAC MAD Q

 

The curious history of the bulb vase / Patricia Coccoris ; botanical advice by Martyn Rix.
Birmingham : Cortex Design, 2012.
B 635.9 COC Q

 

 

Entomology


Nihon-san garui hyojun zukan = The standard of moths in Japan. Vol. 3 / ed. by T. Hirowatari ... [et al.]
[Tokyo] : Gakken Education Publishing, 2013.
E 73I q KIS Vol. 3

 

Trends in Acarology : proceedings of the 12th International Congress / editors: Mauice W. Sabelis, Jan Bruin
Dordrecht : Springer, 2010.
E ARACHNIDA 29B INT

 

Research on Chrysomelidae. Volume 2 / Pierre Jolivet, Jorge Santiago-Blay, Michael Schmitt (eds.)
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
E DC COLEOPTERA J.11h

 

The nymphs of the planthoppers and leafhoppers of Germany / Marlies Stöckmann ... [et al.]
Fründ : WABV, 2013.
E DC HEMIPTERA S.51

 

Butterflies and burnets of the Alps, and their larvae, pupae and cocoons / Paolo Paolucci
Verona, Italy : WBA Books, 2013.
E DC RHOPALOCERA o P.49

 


General


Randomness in evolution / John Tyler Bonner.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013.

L 9D o BON

 

Winter distribution of guillemots (<Uria> spp.) in the Barents Sea / by Harald Steen, Erlend Lorentzen and Hallvard Strøm
Tromsø : Norwegian Polar Institute, 2013.
L 71 q STE

 

National survey of limestone pavement and associated habitats in Ireland / Sue Wilson & Fernando Fernández
[Dublin] : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2013.
L 72Ac q NAT

 

Australia  / Wally Caruana, Franchesca Cubillo
London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2013.
L 77C q CAR

 

Centre of the periphery : three European art historians in Melbourne / Sheridan Palmer
North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Pub., 2008.
L 96 o PAL

 

Information representation and retrieval in the digital age / Heting Chu.
Medford, N.J. : Information Today, 2010.
L LIBRARIANSHIP 027.021 CHU


Mineralogy

 

An introduction to the rock-forming minerals / W. A. Deer, R. A. Howie, J. Zussman
London : The Mineralogical Society, 2013.
M 549(02) DEE

 

Minéralogie de la France / Eric Asselborn.
Gurtnellen : Teammedia, 2012.
M (44) ASS

 


Zoology


Dogs : history, myth, art / Catherine Johns
London : British Museum Press, 2008.
Z 3A o JOH

 

Ivory Identification : a photographic companion / written by William R. (Bobby) Mann & Charles M. Marts
Temple Hills, Md. : Ivorymann, c2013
Z 10J o MAN

 

Fauna Scotica : animals and people in Scotland / Polly Pullar and Mary Low.
Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2012
Z 72Ab q PUL

 

A field guide to freshwater fishes, crayfishes & mussels of south-western Australia / David L. Morgan ... et al.
Beckenham, W.A. : SERCUL, 2011.
Z 77Ca o MOR

 

Indian Ocean reef guide : Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, East Africa, Seychelles : over 1,000 photographs of coral reef animals taken in their natural habitat / Helmut Debelius
Harxheim, Germany : ConchBooks, 2013.
Z 79 o DEB

 

Swimming on the edge of extinction : the perilous state of the indigenous freshwater fishes of the Western Cape / Craig Garrow & Sean Marr.
Grahamstown, South Africa : NISC, 2012.
Z FISH 74E GAR

 

Moluscos continentales de la Comunidad Valenciana / Alberto Martínez-Ortí, Fernando Robles
[Valencia] : Conselleria de Territori i Habitatge, [2003].
Z MOLLUSCA 72H o MAR

 

Biogeography and biodiversity of western Atlantic mollusks / Edward J. Petuch ; photography by Dennis Sargent
Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
Z MOLLUSCA 78 q PET

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Agarose is a rigid gel made of seaweed and it is a homogeneous polysaccharide. Rigid gel is water in solid form at room temperature and in this example we are using seaweed that is made up of over 95% of water. The advantages of using rigid gels in paper conservation is only a recent discovery.

 

The proceedure is as follows:

 

When the gel is placed over an object that is drier than itself, water travels through from the gel to the object. It is thanks to the process of osmosis that this takes place. 

 

Once the concentration of water is increased on the object, the water is pulled back into the gel, but this time it also drags any impurities from the object back with it into the gel. This allows us to clean an area locally without immersing the whole object in a bath.

 

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The water is released on the object slowly. I used Agarose gel (4.5%) to surface clean an area on a watercolour. The area was affected by the adhesive underneath, which created stains on the surface of the artwork that subsequently attracted dirt. I placed gels on top of the affected area and left them for a while. The only area subjected to any moisture was purely the area that the gel pieces were place on.

 

The yellow discolouration faded and the dirt was removed.

 

A successful technique, involving minimal distruption and handling to this type of item from our collections.

 

 

 

by Konstantina Konstantinidou (Paper Conservator)

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The Library catalogue is available online and more information about the Library & Archives collections can be found via our website


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

 

 

Palaeontology

 

 

 

Research Papers of Dinosaurs in China / Yan Yuanliang (ed.)

[Beijing] : China Scientific Book Services, 2012.

P 20e q YAN

 

 

Research Materials of Fossil Fishes in China. 1 / Yan Yuanliang & Ma Na (eds.)

[Beijing] : China Scientific Book Services, 2012.

P 22 q YAN

 

  

Botany

 

XIV Optima Meeting September 9-15 (2013), Palermo : Abstracts, lectures, communications, posters

Palermo : OPTIMA, 2013.

B 58:063.1 OPT

 

European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species / Vernon Heywood, with contributions by Suzanne Sharrock

Strasbourg : Council of Europe Publishing, 2013.

B 632.51 HEY

 

7th EPSO Conference Plants for a Greening Economy / corrdinators: Karin Metzlaff and George Skaracis

[Greece : EPSO], 2013.

B 58:061.3 EPS Q

 

Atlas roślin pieńinskich : Kwiaty św. Kingi / Ludwik Frey, Janusz Tybur

Kraków : Instytut Botaniki im. W. Szafera, 2012.

EURO HERBARIUM 581.9(438) FRE

 

An illustrated guide to common grasses, sedges, and rushes of New Zealand / Paul Champion, Trevor James, Ian Popay and Kerry Ford.

Christchurch, N.Z. : New Zealand Plant Protection Society, 2012.

B 581.9(931) CHA

 

 

Entomology

 

Nihon-san garui hyojun zukan = The standard of moths in Japan. Vol. 3 / ed. by T. Hirowatari ... [et al.]

[Tokyo] : Gakken Education Publishing, 2013.

E 73I q KIS Vol. 3

 

Nihon-san garui hyojun zukan = The standard of moths in Japan. Vol. 4 / Y. Nasu, T. Hirowatari & Y. Kishida (eds.)

[Tokyo] : Gakken Education Publishing, 2013.

E 73I q KIS Vol. 4

 

Manuel Martínez de la Escalera (1867-1949) : Biografia y Publicaciones / C. Martín Albaladejo y I. Izquierdo Moya (eds.)

[S.l. : s.n.], 2011.

E CD-ROM MAN

 

Systematics, revisionary taxonomy, and biodiversity of Afrotropical Lithocolletinae (Lepidoptera : Gracillariidae) / Jurate de Prins & Akito Y. Kawahara.

Auckland, N.Z. : Magnolia Press, 2012.

E DC MICROLEPIDOPTERA P.50

  

 

General

 

The Town and Country Planning (Public Path Orders) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2013 / DEFRA

[London] : The Stationery Office, 2013.

L 72Aa q GRE

 

Between man and beast : an unlikely explorer, the evolution debates, and the African adventure that took the Victorian world by storm  / Monte Reel

New York ; London : Doubleday, 2013.

L 74L o DUC

 

Perú : Maijuna / Michael P. Gilmore ... [et al.] editors.

Chicago : Field Museum of Natural History, 2010.

L 76I q GIL

 

Perú : Yaguas-Cotuhé / Nigel Pitman ... [et al.], editors

[Chicago, Ill.] : Field Museum of Natural History, 2011.

L 76I q PIT

 

Survey of best practices in digital image management

New York : Primary Research Group, 2013.

L 93B q PRI

 

A history of chromolithography : printed colour for all / Michael Twyman

London : British Library ; New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press, 2013

L LIBRARIANSHIP 655.226 TWY

 

  

Mineralogy

 

Nanoscopic approaches in earth and planetary sciences / Frank E. Brenker & Guntram Jordan (eds.)

[Twickenham], London : European Mineralogical Union ; Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2010.

M 54.022 BRE

 

Rock-forming minerals. Volume 3C, Sheet silicates : clay minerals / M.J. Wilson, PhD, DSc, FRSE, Honorary Research Fellow and Professor, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.

London : The Geological Society, 2013.

M 549(02) DEE

 

Advances in the characterization of industrial minerals / G.E. Christidis (ed.)

London : European Mineralogical Union ; Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2011.

M 553 CHR

 

 

Ornithology (Tring)

 

Annotated checklist to the birds of Honduras / by  Robert Gallardo; Art by Irma Fernandez

[S.l.] : Robert Gallardo, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 75E GAL                    

 

Bird's nests of the world / Suzuki Mamoru.

California : Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology,  2012.

EGG SUZ                                

 

Effects of climate variation on the breeding ecology  of arctic shorebirds / Hans Meltofte ... [et al.].

Copenhagen : Danish Polar Center, 2007.

ORNITHOLOGY 71 MEL                     

 

Photographic guide to birds of the Himalayas / Bikram Grewal and Otto Pfister.

London : New Holland, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 73F GRE                    

 

Twelve hundred miles by horse and burro : J. Stokely Ligon and New Mexico's first breeding bird survey /  Harley G. Shaw and Mara E. Weisenberger.

Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A LIG                    

 

 

Zoology

 

Cattle : history, myth, art / Catherine Johns

London : British Museum, 2011.

Z 3A o JOH

 

Curious Beasts : Animal Prints in the British Museum / Wright, Alison E.

London, UK : British Museum Press, 2013.

Z 3A o WRI

 

Fauna do Paraná em extinção / Uma publicação do Instituto Ambiental do Paraná

Curitiba : Instituto Ambiental do Paraná, 2007.

Z 10J o INS

 

Lista da fauna brasileira ameaçada de extinção : incluindo as listas das espécies quase ameaçadas e deficientes em dados / editores, Angelo Barbosa Monteiro Machado, Cássio Soares Martins, Gláucia Moreira Drummond ; colaboraram com esta publição, Fabiane Sebaio ... [et al.].

Belo Horizonte : Fundação Biodiversitas, 2005.

Z 10J o MAC

 

Manual prático do pescador / Irineu Fabichak

São Paulo : Livraria Nobel, 1973

Z 22 o FAB

 

The biological diversity of Mihintale : with special reference to its Herpetofauna (including papers on Sri Lankan herpetology / editor: Anslem de Solva

Amphibian and Reptile Research Organisation of Sri Lanka, 2010.

Z 73F q DES

 

The biological diversity of Mihintale : with special reference to its Herpetofauna (including papers on Sri Lankan herpetology / editor: Anslem de Solva

Amphibian and Reptile Research Organisation of Sri Lanka, 2010.

Z 73F q DES

 

Os Insetos (Vida e Costumes). Tomo 1 / Eurico Santos

Belo Horizonte, Brazil : Editora Itatiaia Limitada, 1982

Z 86D o SAN

 

The origins and spread of domestic animals in southwest Asia and Europe / Sue Colledge ... [et al.] (eds.)

Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, [2013].

Z MAMMALS 17 q COL

 

Anfíbios do Goiapaba-Açu, Fundão, Estado do Espírito Santo / Aparecida Demoner Ramos, João Luiz Gasparini

[Vitória : Gráfica Santo Antônio, 2004].

Z REPTILES 76 RAM

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Night at the Museum by Lisa Di Tommaso

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The Museum opened its doors again last Friday for our Science Uncovered festival, part of European Researchers' Night. For this special night, members of the public were allowed exclusive access to our science and specimens as we opened the doors and showed them our wares.

 

The Library and Archives, in both South Kensington and Tring, contributed to the night in a wide variety of ways. We hosted twelve behind the scenes tours showcasing some of the treasures held in the library. Included in the display were works of scientific importance such as the botanical illustrations of Sydney Parkinson, artist on board Captain James Cook’s Endeavour expedition (1768-1771), who was the first European to capture the new and exotic plants of the southern continents. Also on show were letters from Alfred Russel Wallace, and works by Albertus Seba and Conrad Gesner. We showcased many works which have recently been, or are now being digitised and made freely available on the Internet, through a variety of projects.

 

Library staff also chatted to hundreds of members of the public throughout the night in the Images of Nature Gallery, where we are able to display some of our beautiful watercolours in temporary displays, as well as more permanent exhibitions of our oil paintings. We were even able to encourage some to draw their own art!

 

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More chatting went on in the Science Bar where four staff were based, getting into full and frank debates with the public on a variety of thought-provoking topics over a drink, including the question of whether we actually need real objects anymore, with everything being available to see electronically now. Staff enjoyed interacting with a variety of people.

 

Our bravest librarian, Sarah, manned one of the Soapboxes on the night. Think ‘Speakers Corner’ in Hyde Park! Sarah expounded the virtues of electronic resources over traditional paper material, and faced the wrath of the public and their heckling!

 

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Our Archives team ran tours showcasing the records and images they hold relating to the Museum and World War Two, including photos of the bombing of the galleries and the evacuation map showing the stately homes the collections went to. There were also some letters from one of our entomologists who ended up in a POW camp in Java and wrote about the conditions, but also the research he did while in the camp. There were even some artefacts such as a gas mask.

 

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And Alison, our librarian in the Walter Rothschild Museum in Tring, worked alongside a scientist colleague, Douglas Russell, and displayed the notebooks of Hubert Lynes and his book on Cisticola (members of the Warbler family).  Lynes was a noted ornithologist who in his lifetime was considered the leading expert on African birds. Alison brought out some of Lynes’s notebooks, photos and the original drawings from his book of 1930 by leading artist Henrik Gronvold.  Douglas showed some nests, an egg and some skins.

 

It was a great night and a brilliant opportunity for the Library and Archives, as well as all the staff at the Museum, to talk to the public about what we do, and show off some of our wonderful collections. Bring on 2014!

 

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