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How long have you worked at the NHM?


17 years.


What were you doing before you came here?


When I finished my degree in Science Policy I got as job as a trainee Library Assistant in the Library at UCL.  I spent a year at UCL dividing my time between the Medical Sciences Section of the Main Science Library and the Boldero Library in the Middlesex hospital.   I loved the job and was inspired to do a professional library qualification at Sheffield University.  After my Master’s I stayed on to do a PhD at Sheffield looking at the impact of the Internet on the information seeking behaviour of academic researchers.  I then joined the NHM as an Assistant Librarian in the Earth Sciences Library, initially looking after the journals collections and then the books.  I have been the Library’s Collection Manager, working across all subject collections since 2003.Mel-Smith-Library-Collections-Manager.jpg


What does your average day look like?

I don’t really have an average day.  My main role is to ensure that the library collections are happy, that they are available to Library users and we acquire appropriate new content that meets our users’ needs.  My team is  responsible for the acquisition and curation of the Modern Library Collections and they get on with the day to day work of looking after the library collections. I spend most of my time on project work which at the moment includes the Library elements of the Museum’s Collections Storage project (CSIP).


If you had to pick one favourite from the L&A collections what would it be?


Back to my Earth Sciences days I’ve always liked Sopwith’s Geological Models which are beautiful wooden models of various geological features which can be quite a challenge to put together for a display, as I know to my cost.  Also François Louis Swebach Desfontaines’, mineral prospectus is really unusual and quite stunning.


Do you have a favourite place or object on display in the Museum?


I like the gems exhibition in the Earth Galleries.


If you had to spend the rest of your life as an animal, what would it be and why?


A Meerkat, I like to keep an eye on what’s happening around me.


This week we have 51 new additions (attached) covering Zoology, General Natural History, Earth Sciences, Ornithology, Entomology and Botany. 

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


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





This blog is written by Daisy Cunynghame from our Archives team to mark Explore Your Archive Week 2013 (


Walter Rothschild (1868-1937), founder of the natural history museum in Tring (at that time titled the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum) left that museum in his will to London’s Natural History Museum, including the extensive scientific specimen collections he’d amassed throughout his life.


One notable gap though was his ornithological material – Walter’s bird collection, which he began amassing from the age of seven, was widely considered to be the most comprehensive in the world, and as a Trustee of the Natural History Museum it was presumed (by him as well as us) that they would end up in our museum in South Kensington.


Unfortunately though, ultimately his finances precluded it. The economic crash of 1929 (possibly also compounded by a rumoured case of blackmail, supposedly a result of an affair with a lady of high standing) left him financially struggling and he sold his famed bird collection to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York when they were able to raise a substantially higher balance for the collection than we.











Perhaps helping to shed a little more light on this, and definitely showing the more personal side to Walter’s decision, is the Museum Archive’s recently acquired small collection of Walter’s private letters.  Particularly interesting because he had asked that all his personal correspondence be destroyed on his death - a wish which was carried out, leaving very little of his own letters to be read.




In one letter in 1932 Walter wrote to Ernst Hartert, who had previously been one of his curators at Tring, that:







It is with a very heavy heart & with most of my life torn up, that I write these lines. Owing to the world economic conditions & the failure of many stocks & bonds to pay interest, not to talk of increased & increasing taxation, I / have been forced to retrench drastically. The 2 alternatives which faced me were either to dispose of one of my two scientific collections as a whole or else to see the museum broken up & sold piecemeal by auction. I could not face the latter alternative as my life’s work would have been annihilated. So I had to decide to dispose of that collection /for which I could find a purchaser as a whole, & that is the bird collection. I have disposed of the whole collection except about 200 skins & the 250 Struthionidae & of course the mounted portion, ie about 280000 skins & the contract as signed provides that the collection is kept together in a separate room as the Rothschild collection under a separate body of three / trustees. As the British Museum could not find the money; the collection has been purchased & presented to the American Museum. I know that you will feel as crushed by this blow as I do but the worlds collapse made it inevitable.




The deal with the AMNH was protracted with negotiations with other museums, including ourselves, also taking place.  The complexity and controversy of the deal is demonstrated by him later when he mentions:


The economic conditions in America are in such a bad way that the millionaire donor has absolutely forbidden his name or the sum to become known at present for fear of reprisals for having spent such a large sum; so at all events for some months I cannot say anything. All I can tell you is that the sum is a third more than I expected to get & much more than I even could have got in Europe before the war even [sic]. 2013_53_Hartert_sketchbook_2.jpg





Almost as excitingly, in this little collection there is also a notebook of sketches of Claudia Hartert, Ernst Hartert’s wife, for his book ‘On the birds of the islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire’.  The little volume contains sketches of eggs and birds, as well as bird feathers.


This collection was sent to us by the Dutch Art Museum in the Hague, who found the package when clearing out their basement.  Quite how or why the letters Walter wrote and Hartert’s sketches ended up in Holland is entirely unknown.









This blog is written by Daisy Cunynghame from our Archives team to mark Explore Your Archive Week 2013 (


The scientific work the Museum has done is found throughout the Archives, for over 250 years the Museum has been researching and studying, and the results of that are held here.

By delving into the Archives you can see that the Natural History Museum was far more involved scientifically in both world wars than might have been thought.










In the First World War the Museum’s science departments played a significant part in the war effort, with 14 Government departments consulting the Museum on a wide range of issues, from solutions to crustaceans damaging telegraph cables and fungus destroying army tents, to examining German Zepellin propellers to determine their composition. Museum staff provided advice on the safest ways to remove bullets from human bodies, information on possible alternatives to oil and food sources and the prevention of dysentery and contamination of foodstuffs. What information was supplied to the Admiralty ‘in relation to white mice in regard to certain matters connected with submarines’ can only be guessed at!  






Lazarus Fletcher, the Director of the Museum, took it upon himself to send samples of whale meat to various senior government officials, with the idea of persuading them of the usefulness of this alternative food source. Although one responded that ‘I had two or three people to dinner on Monday night and I feasted them royally on whale, for I think a joint of whale is really a royal dish’, other responses that it was ‘oily’, ‘tough’ and ‘unappetising’ were less positive, and the suggestion was never taken up.


Entomologists worked on eradicating ticks and mites, mosquitoes, and flies in the trenches, as well as how to protect the envelopes of air-ships and underwater cables from insect attacks.  The Zoology Department contributed important work on safe food to eat and designing camouflage, as well as examining crustaceans on sunken submarines to determine the age of wrecks and producing an ambitious study on using gulls to locate enemy submarines.




Gulls were successfully trained to identify submerged submarines by circling above them – though they couldn’t be trained to distinguish between a Fritz and a Tommy sub. While this particular study did not quite produce the desired result, it is a great example of just how creative Museum scientists were during the war.


Botany gave advice to the military on such topics as using moss for surgical dressings, suitable food for humans and horses in foreign climes, and the right timber to use for airplanes and air-ships.   






The geological department seems to have been the department which turned itself over the most completely to war work. Staff provided advice to Government on where to drill for water and oil, based on fossil specimens. One of the enquiries received was to determine how to build and maintain cement platforms in salt water and so enabling the easy docking of naval vessels.


But perhaps their most important work was in relation to the battle-grounds themselves, where they provided information and guidance on the geology of the terrain.








Across the Museum staff received letters from soldiers – from those who suddenly found themselves in charge of a paddock of goats or 200 camels and needed urgent advice, to those suffering from a scourge of bed lice or fleas. One man sent a selection of mosquitoes, adding that 'they were done to death with such violence they'll be difficult to identify'.


This blog is written by Daisy Cunynghame from our Archives team to mark Explore Your Archive Week 2013 (




On the opening of the Natural History Museum in 1881 the Central Hall was reserved for species type characters of the principal subject areas of the museum with the purpose of, as Richard Owen put it, ‘forming an Epitome of Natural History’.


The concept of a type museum, or Index Museum as it came to be known, had been with Owen, the Natural History Museum Superintendent, for many years.  He had attempted in his previous post as curator of the Royal College of Surgeon’s Hunterian Museum to bring this to fruition – buying many non-surgical specimens for display, including a wide variety of mammals, and trying for a time in the 1840s to canvass the powers that be to remove the zoological specimens from the British Museum to his own Hunterian.  His central display there contained as many fossil mammals as it did surgical specimens, moving the focus of the museum and its exhibits from a practical medical one to a more general study of comparative anatomy.


On moving over to what was then the Natural History Departments of the British Museum, Owen focused on this perceived need for this Index Museum from the very outset – his first report to the Trustees in 1859 to propose a Natural History Museum separate from the Bloomsbury museum contained a circular hall in the centre, for the exhibition of type specimens.  ‘Such a building, besides giving accommodation to the several classes of natural history objects…should include a hall for a distinct department, adapted to convey an elementary knowledge of all divisions of natural history, the large proportion of public visitors not being specially conversant with any particular subject’.  His design by 1879 showed the Central Hall much as it is today with its series of bays, but with each bay devoted to a different subject area (mollusca, botany, minerals, fish etc.)


This period of development was at the peak of the age of the museums – a period of about 50 years when the majority of national and provincial museums were established.  Owen himself, although a key player in this, was in many ways quite old fashioned in his approach.  His emphasis on this Index Museum, at least in part, stemmed from this. His vision of a museum was a somewhat dated one: he desired that his new Natural History Museum would follow the old model where every specimen was on display and the whole museum was an exhibit, and therefore a key reference area would be needed to orient visitors and summarise the complex and voluminous array of collections on display.  His originals plans showed a huge 10 acre museum (only 5 acres of land were finally purchased).  Other members of staff followed the lead of some of the more modern institutions, and believed that only a select sample of material should be on display, the rest kept in a reference section only available to researchers. With this arrangement, there would be no need of Owen’s desired Index Museum.


The Keepers of the various scientific departments wrote reports to the Trustees in 1880 arguing in favour of this segregation of research and display, and against the setting up of a separate Index Museum.  Their other key arguments were that more funds for a central display might mean less money for scientific research and display in the individual departments, and that Owen would take all the prime exhibits from the departments for his own exhibits.  Owen in turn wrote to the Trustees attacking these arguments and the scheme went ahead, largely by force of the old man’s will alone.

When the Natural History Museum, after a gestation period of over 20 years, was finally opened in 1881, Owen was 77 years old.  He had drawn up extensive plans for the museum generally, and in great detail for the Central Hall, having gone as far as coming up with a list of specimens and writing a guidebook for the proposed displays.  However he was no longer in a position to carry through many of his grand plans, and stayed on as Superintendent only until 1883 when the move of the last of the mammal specimens to South Kensington was completed.  He was replaced in his position by William Flower who had, like Owen, previously been the curator of the Hunterian Museum.  As such, Flower had considerable experience of curating and managing zoological exhibits.  He was given the new title of Museum Director.




The role of Director at this point though was very limited. Each Keeper had full control, not just of the scientists in their respective departments, but also over the structure and contents of all displays.  The only area which the Director had effective sway over was the central Index Museum, and Flower made the most of this opportunity.  The Trustees had wanted to give up on the type museum idea after Owen’s retirement, but Flower ensured that this did not happen.  He was in many ways much more forward-looking in museum layout and exhibition design than his predecessor. 





He was really one of the first to address the need for distinctly separate exhibition and study collections, the need to severely limit the amount of material on display for ease of understanding of the general public and the need to, as he put it, use specimens to illustrate labels, rather than labels illustrating (often rows and rows of only marginally different) specimens.  He stated that ‘The Curator’s business will be quite as much to keep useless specimens out of the museum as to acquire those that are useful’.



So William Flower was left to select and install the specimens following Owen’s grand Index Museum design.  Under his tutelage however, it changed from an index to the main collections in the Museum, into something more like an introduction to the concepts and principles of natural history, covering topics like evolution, albinism, natural disasters, seasonal colour adaptation, flight and domestication of animals.  There was also a series of temporary exhibitions related to specific anniversaries or events, on topics such as animals in the bible and Darwinism.  Flower was able to persuade the Treasury to supply funding for scientifically trained assistants who were not on the scientific staff of the Museum to work on the Central Hall collections – the first time staff were employed at the Museum purely for the managing and arrangement of exhibitions, rather than research work.


The Index Museum continued to grow and develop in the decades after William Flower, although it had faded out by the end of the Second World War.  After this point the bays of Central Hall contained a series of temporary exhibits, along with some specimens which were retained by popular request, while the centre held a series of large displays – originally a sperm whale, then a number of different elephant displays, and finally from 1979 onwards the Diplodocus which is still there today. 







This blog is written by Daisy Cunynghame from our Archives team to mark Explore Your Archive Week 2013 (


Amongst the Museum Archives are some little gems of Antarctic history, from applications of aspiring Antarctic explorers and a food list for 46 men for three years with Discovery (costing a grand total of £4946), to exquisite pencil drawings by Edward Wilson and letters from Kathleen Scott to the Museum after her husband’s tragic death.











Besides being an obvious recipient for material collected on the Discovery (1901-04) and Terra Nova (1910-12) expeditions, the Natural History Museum had a direct connection with Discovery – the Keeper of Botany, George Murray, became the Scientific Director, going with the ship as far as Cape Town to provide scientific training for the officers and crew.




It is amongst Murray’s papers that a number of Antarctic-related items, including the food list and Wilson’s drawings, can be found. An introduction to the list reveals that the food had been selected for its variety, and that most of the meat would be purchased in Australia, where the Discovery was to stop off on the way south. In fact, a quarter of the total budget was to be spent on meat alone, ranging from roast beef, roast veal and ‘duck and green peas’, to brawn, compressed mutton and mock turtle stew. A number of unfamiliar items are listed – Viking milk (obviously different from the Nestlé milk it precedes), Plasmon, Somatose, Tropon – while champagne, Devonshire cream and port are included under ‘Medical Comforts’. Even in this basic list of foodstuffs, Edwardian hierarchies are apparent – everyone had the same honey but the crew had separate jam from the officers, and there was ‘Cabin’ and ‘Crew’ tea and coffee.




The drawings by Edward Wilson are a particular gem because the Archives (aside from the Photo Collection) are largely textual rather than visual in content. Wilson was Discovery’s Assistant Surgeon and zoologist. One of Scott’s core men, he went on the march to the then furthest point south in 1902, and to the pole itself in 1911. He died on the return journey in blizzard-bound tent with Scott, just 12 miles from the next food depot.


The nine pencil sketches we have in the Archives are just a taster of his artistic output, much of which is now at the Scott Polar Research Institute. They depict coastal features of South Trinidad, an uninhabited island off Brazil, where the ship stopped on its way south. The detail is remarkable, capturing rock formations and seabirds in a few graphite lines.


The items in the Archives are just a small proportion of the Museum’s Antarctic holdings. Though eclectic, they make their own unique contribution to the history of the Museum’s role in British Antarctic exploration.




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 or 020 7942 5460


Anthropology / Palaeontology



The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution / Henry Gee.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
A 3 o GEE




Mantle convection for geologists / Geoffrey F. Davies
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
P 9 o DAV


Rough-hewn land : a geologic journey from California to the Rocky Mountains / Keith Heyer Meldahl
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011.
P 75C o MEL


Biologicheskie issledovaniia na Gornotaezhnoĭ Stantsii. Vyp. 12, Interodyktsiia i ratsion,vnoe ispool'zovanie rastitel'nykh resursov Iuzhnoho Primor'ia / V.V. Ostroshenko (otv. red.)
Biological investigations of the Mountain-Taiga Station. Issue 12, Introduction and rational use of the plant resources of South Primorye
Vladivostok : Dal'nauka, 2011.
B 581.9(57) OST


Potentielle natürliche Vegetation Bayerns : Übersichtskarte / Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt. [Bearb.: Reiner Suck ...].
Augsburg : Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, 2012.


El discurrir de una ciencia amable y la vigencia de sus objetivos : de Linneo al Código de barras de ADN se pasa por Darwin
Madrid : Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, 2012.


Upper Elk Meadows Research Natural Area. Guidebook supplement 43 / Reid Schuller and Cheshire Mayrsohn.
Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2013.
B 581.9(795) SCH Q


Plants of the Greater Cape floristic region. The core Cape flora / John Manning and Peter Goldblatt
Pretoria : South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), 2012.
SERIALS S 2305 a


Biotechnological applications of microalgae : biodiesel and value added products / edited by Faizal Bux.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.


Insect molecular genetics : an introduction to principles and applications / Marjorie A. Hoy

Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2013

E 10E o HOY


Physiological systems in insects / Marc J. Klowden

Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2013

E 13 o KLO

Insect resources of Xiao Wutai Mountain
Xiaowutaishan Kunchong Ziyuan / Xu Zhihua
[S.l. : s.n.], 2013.
E 73H q XU Vol.1
E 73H q XU Vol.2


Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 8, Curculionoidea II / I. Löbl & A. Smetana (eds.)
Leiden, Boston : Brill, 2013.




Charles Darwin : de la creación a la evolución / Francisco Pelayo.
Tres Cantos Nivola [2008]
L 9A o PEL


Mechanisms of life history evolution : the genetics and physiology of life history traits and trade-offs / edited by Thomas Flatt, Andreas Heyland.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
L 9D o FLA


In search of mechanisms : discoveries across the life sciences / Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
L 10A o CRA


Scale, heterogeneity, and the structure and diversity of ecological communities / Mark E. Ritchie
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010.
L 10A o RIT


Evolution, development, & the predictable genome / David L. Stern
Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co. Publishers, 2011.
L 10H o STE


The balance of nature and human impact / edited by Klaus Rohde
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
L 66A o ROH


Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature / Christopher Wills.
Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2013.
L 66A o WIL


Antarctica : global science from a frozen continent / edited by David W. H. Walton.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2013.
L 71 o WAL


Guardians of the Heath : a chronicle of battles fought by the Blackheath Society from 1937 to 2008 / Felix Barker and Tony Aldous
[London] : Blackheath Society, 2009.
L 72 Aa o BAR


Shifting sands : Blakeney Point and the environmental imagination / Andy Stoddart
[Marston Gate : printed by, 2013].
L 72Aa o STO


Flora i fauna Belogo Moria : illiustrirovannyĭ atlas / pod redaktsieĭ A.B. TSetlina, A.Ė. Zhadan, N.N. Marfenina
Moskva : MGU, 2010.
L 72Q o TSE


The windward road : adventures of a naturalist on remote Caribbean shores / Archie Carr
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2013.
L 75F o CAR


A terra dos Aruã : uma história ecológica do arquipelágo de Marajó / Pedro L. B. Lisboa.
Belém : Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, 2012.
L 76D q LIS


Marine biology : a very short introduction / Philip V. Mladenov.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
L 87 o MLA


Adaptive diversification / Michael Doebeli.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2011.
L 93 o DOE


Predictive species and habitat modeling in landscape ecology : concepts and applications / C. Ashton Drew, Yolanda F. Wiersma, Falk Huettmann (eds.)
New York : Springer, 2011.
L 93 o DRE


Shaping ecology : the life of Arthur Tansley / Peter Ayres.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
L 96A o TAN


Natural History Museum book of animal records / Mark Carwardine
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books 2013.



Minerals, collecting, and value across US-Mexico border / Elizabeth Emma Ferry
Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2013.
M 553(72+73) FER



Ivory, horn and blood : behind the elephant and rhinoceros poaching crisis / Ronald Orenstein
Richmond Hill, Ontario ; Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2013.
Z 10J o ORE


Livro vermelho da fauna brasileira ameaçada de extinção editores : Angelo Barbosa Monteiro Machado, Gláucia Moreira Drummond, Adriano Pereira Paglia.
Brasília MMA 2008.
Z 76D q BAR Vol.1
Z 76D q BAR Vol.2


Catálogo de los moluscos continentales de Colombia / Edgar L. Linares & Mónica L. Vera.
Bogotá : Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, 2012.

Field guide to the amphibians of the Eastern Arc Mountains and coastal forests of Tanzania and Kenya = Amfibia wa Milima ya Tao la Mashariki na Misitu ya Pwani ya Tanzania na Kenya / Elizabeth B. Harper ... [et al.] ; with Kiswahili translation by Imani Swilla
Nairobi : Camerapix, 2010.







This blog is written by Daisy Cunynghame from our Archives team to mark Explore Your Archive Week 2013 (



Before the internet, television, and even the radio, the Natural History Museum was publicised to the world through the printed press.  The Archives hold newspaper cuttings about the Museum from the 1830s right up to 2013, and they’re a great way of finding out more about the Museum – both how we really were, and how the media portrayed us.


What is now sometimes called citizen science was then, via the newspapers, a way of reaching out to people – from publishing a list of particular specimens we were short of, in the hope we’d get some opportune laymen to help, to asking those who stole bits of a giant squid which had been washed ashore if they wouldn’t mind terribly returning the pieces to us.


The newspapers would often track significant collecting expeditions all over the world – there would be regular articles each week about the progress they were making, the specimens they were finding, and any exciting near-death experiences.












Also quite a few clarifications abounded – there were rumours that we were willing to pay £1000 for a common flea, or as much again for the intact ash of a cigarette, and even more for a whole kingfisher nest.  The press was the ideal way to dispel these myths (which sometimes the papers had created themselves in the first place) before we were inundated with smoked cigarettes and fleas.



Senior scientists, and the Director himself, definitely had no qualms about wading into the fray – having extended letters page debates with creationists, deconstructing the myths of sea serpents, and clarifying with one man who described both telepathy and radium as ‘unknowable magic’.

















One of the early 20th century Museum Directors, E Ray Lankester, had a regular column in the Daily Telegraph titled ‘Science from an easy chair’, which discussed issues of the day and explained evolution, extinction and other scientific topics on behalf of the Museum.  And, flipping the coin, when Lankester felt he had been forced into retirement he used the letters pages of the broadsheets and tabloids to fight his own corner.


The press also showed another side to the Museum – from the 19th century warden fired when he was caught drinking a professor’s gin, to the quarrymen who unearthed some fossils and were found by Museum scientists to be using them as cricket balls, the uncouth English ‘roughs’ damaging the railings, and the ‘flirting flappers’ who apparently took to congregating in the Museum’s Central Hall.


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 or 020 7942 5460



Anthropology / Palaeontology



Cave art / Jean Clottes
New York : Phaidon Press, 2011, (2008 printing).
A 3A q CLO


Early hominin paleoecology / Matt Sponheimer, Julia A. Lee-Thorp, Kaye E. Reed, Peter S. Ungar (eds.)
Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, [2013].
A 3 o SPO



Geology and landscapes of Scotland / Con Gillen.
Edinburgh : Dunedin Academic Press, 2013.
P 72Ab q GIL


Biomolecular palaeontology : Lyell Meeting volume / edited by G. Eglinton and R.L.F. Kay.
[Swindon] : Natural Environment Research Council, 1994.
P 89 q EGL


Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia : extinction / Norman MacLeod, editor in chief ; J. David Archibald and Phillip S. Levin, advisory editors.
Detroit ; London : Gale, c2013.
P GM (031)56 GRZ Vol.1
P GM (031)56 GRZ Vol.2


Diversity of fish otoliths, past and present / Dirk Nolf
Brussels : Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, 2013.


Svensk Flora : Fanerogamer och kärlkryptogamer / Th. O. B. N. Krok och S. Almquist
Stockholm : Liber AB, 2013.


Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascículo 108, Zygophyllaceae / Rosalinda Medina-Lemos
Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascículo 110, Boraginaceae / Erika M. Lira-Charco, Helga Ochoterena
México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, 2012.
B 581.9(79P9) SOU


Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fascículo 109, Mimosaceae / Gloria Andrade M. ... [et al.]
México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, 2012.
B 581.9(79P9) SOU


Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo complementario XXVIII, Epífitas vasculares del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes / Jerzy Rzedowski y Graciela Calderón de Rzedowski (eds.)
Pátzcuaro, México : Instituto de Ecología 2012.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo complementario XXVII, Le diversidad vegetal del estado de Guanajuato, México / Jerzy Rzedowski y Graciela Calderón de Rzedowski (eds.)
Pátzcuaro, México : Instituto de Ecología, 2011.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Flore du Gabon. Volume 42, Aizoaceae, Aristolochiaceae, Gnetaceae, Hypericaceae, Lecythidaceae, Pedaliaceae, Polygalaceae, Turneraceae, Xyridaceae / Marc S. M. Sosef (ed.) ... [et al.]
Weikersheim : Margraf Publishers : Leiden : Backhuys Publishers, 2011.
B 581.9(672.1) L.P.


Flore du Gabon. Volume 40, Apodanthaceae, Balanopharaceae, Campanulaceae, Caricaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Hydroleaceae, Lobeliaceae, Menyanthaceae, Nymphaeaceae, Pontederiaceae, Typhaceae / Marc S. M. Sosef (ed.) ... [et al.]
Weikersheim : Margraf Publishers : Leiden : Backhuys Publishers, 2010.
B 581.9(672.1) L.P.


Suomen limasienet / Marja Härkönen, Elina Varis ; kuvat: Harri Arkkio ... [et al.].
Helsinki : Finnish Museum of Natural History, 2012.
SERIALS S 1484 b


Satakunnan kasvit = Flora of Satakunta, province in western Finland / Juha Suominen
Helsinki : Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo, 2013.
SERIALS S 1484 b


Enciclopedia ilustrada de los cactus y otras suculentas: descripción de las especies, hábitat y cuidados de cultivo. vol. 4 [<Mammillaria pectinifera>] Antonio Gómez Sánchez
Madrid: Mundi Prensa, 2013.
B 582.4P78 GOM Q


Opredelitel' semeĭstv i rodov palearkticheskikh dvukrylykh nasekomykh podotriada Nematocera po Lichinkam / M.G. Krivosheina.
Moskva : Tovarishchestvo nauchnykh izdaniĭ KMK, 2012.


Bees in the city : the urban beekeepers' handbook / Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
London : Guardian Books, 2011.


Field Guide to the Damselflies of New Guinea = Buku panduan lapangan capung jarum untuk wilayah New Guinea / V.J. Kalkman, A.G. Orr ; transl. Henk van Mastrigt, Evie Warikar
Oegstgeest : Nederlandse Vereniging voor Libellenstudie, 2013.


Atlas of stored-product insects and mites / David W. Hagstrum ... [et al.].
St. Paul, Minn. : AACC International, 2013.


The cicadas of Thailand. Volume 2 : taxonomy and sonic ethology / Michel Boulard
Manchester : Siri Scientific Press, 2013.


Island life, or, the phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras : including a revision and attempted solution of the problem of geological climates / by Alfred Russel Wallace ; with a foreword by David Quammen ; and an introduction with commentary by Lawrence R. Heaney
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2013].
L 8 o WAL


Evolution in a toxic world : how life responds to chemical threats / Emily Monosson
Washington, DC : Island Press, 2012.
L 10F o MON


Limnology of the Red Lake, Romania : an interdisciplinary study / Gheorghe Romanescu, Cristian Constantin Stoleriu, Andrei Enea
Dordrecht : Springer, [2013].
L 72N o ROM


The Mediterranean Sea : its history and present challenges / Stefano Goffredo, Zvy Dubinsky (editors)
Heidelberg ; London : Springer Verlag 2013.
L 72P q GOF


Taperinha : Histórico das pesquisas de história natural realizadas em uma fazenda da região de Santarém, no Pará, nos séculos XIX e XX / Nelson Papavero, William L. Overal (organizadores)
Belém : Museu Emílio Goeldi, 2011.
L 76D q PAP


Letters from the desert : the correspondence of Flinders and Hilda Petrie / edited by Margaret Drower.
Park End Place, Oxford : Aris and Phillips, c2004.
L 96A o FLI


Science editors' handbook / editors, Pippa Smart, Hervé Maisonneuve, Arjan Polderman
Redruth : EASE, 2013.
L 98 q SMA


Marketing your library's electronic resources : a how-to-do-it manual / [Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia].
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.


The future of the past / Natural History Museum
London : Natural History Museum, [2013].




Dangerous neighbors : volcanoes and cities / Grant Heiken ; edited by Jody Heiken ; illustrations by Julie Wilbert.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
M 551.21 HEI


Too hot to touch : the problem of high-level nuclear waste / William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
M 628.39 ALL


Ornithology (Tring)

The Birds of Bute : A bird atlas and local avifauna
Rothesay : Buteshire Natural History Society : Scottish Ornithologists' Club, 2012.
ORNITHOLOGY 72Ab/4 FOR                  


The Birds of Eigg
Isle of Eigg : Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 72Ab/1 CHE                  


Des hommes et des oiseaux : une histoire de la protection des oiseaux / Valérie Chansigaud ; préface d'Allain Bougrain-Dubourg.
Paris : Delachaux et Niestlé, [2012]
ORNITHOLOGY 87 CHA                      


Ecology, conservation, and management of grouse / Brett K. Sandercock, Kathy Martin, and Gernot Segelbacher, editors
Berkeley ; London : University of California, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(2) SAN                   


Extraordinary birds : essays and plates of rare book selections from the American Museum of Natural History library / by Paul Sweet.
New York : Sterling, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 3 SWE                       


Ostrero canario : historia y biología de la primera especie de la fauna española extinguida por el hombre / Arturo Valledor de Lozoya
[Madrid] : Editorial Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, [2013].
ORNITHOLOGY 88 VAL                      


Population demography of northern spotted owls / Eric D. Forsman ... [et al.]
Berkeley ; London : University of California, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(4) FOR                   


Type specimens of birds in the American Museum of Natural History. Part 11, Passeriformes : Parulidae, Drepanididae, Vireonidae, Icteridae, Fringillinae, Carduelinae, Estrildidae, and Viduinae / Mary LeCroy, Department of Vertebrate Zoology (Ornithology), American Museum of Natural History.
New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History, [2013]
ORNITHOLOGY 97 AME                      


Von wegen Spatzenhirn! [Texte imprimé] / [Immanuel ] Birmelin.
Because of the Bird brain! The amazing abilities of birds
Stuttgart : Kosmos, 2012.


Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia : 29 de Junho a 04 de Julho de 2008 : Palmas, Tocantins : "A Ornitologia  no Cerrado e Ecótonos do Brasil" : Livro de Resumos
Palmas : Universidade Federal do Tocantins, 2008.
ORNITHOLOGY 76D CON                    
The encyclopedia of North American birds / Michael Vanner.
New York : Barnes & Noble Books, ; 2003.


Preliminary Bird List of the State of Mato Grosso / compiled by Paulo Boute & Braulio Carlos
Cuiabá, Brazil : Carlini & Caniato, 2007


XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia : Biogeografia das Aves da Mata Atlântica : Estado do Conhecimento, Atual e Expectativas para o Avanço Científico : Aracruz, ES, 28 de junho a 03 de julho de 2009 / Organizadores do Livro, José Eduardo Simon... [et al.]
São Paulo : Tec Art Editora, 2009.
ORNITHOLOGY 76D CON                    



Guide Delachaux des traces d'animaux / Lars-Henrik Olsen
Paris : Delachaux et Niestlé, 2013.
Z 10F o OLS


Ecology of faunal communities on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands / K. Venkataraman, C. Raghunathan, C. Sivaperuman (eds.)
Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2012.
Z 73F o VEN


The birds of America / John James Audubon
London : Natural History Museum, 2012.
Z 75 q AUD


Walter Potter's curious world of taxidermy / by P.A. Morris ; edited by Joanna Ebenstein.
London : Constable, 2013.
Z 82 o MOR


Parazity i bolezni ryb chernogo i azovskogo moreĭ. II, Poluprophodnye i Presnovodnye ryby = Parasites and diseases of the fishes in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Vol. 2 / A.V. Gaevskaya
Sevastopol : EKOSI-Gidrofizika, 2013.


Discovery of Australia's fishes : a history of Australian ichthyology to 1930 / Brian Saunders.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Pub., 2012.


Badgerlands : the twilight world of Britain's most enigmatic animal / by Patrick Barkham
London : Granta, 2013.








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.







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.




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 or 020 7942 5460


Anthropology / Palaeontology



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




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



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.


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



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.


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


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

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




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



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




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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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 or 020 7942 5460


Anthropology / 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



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.


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.


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




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.


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


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


Butterflies and burnets of the Alps, and their larvae, pupae and cocoons / Paolo Paolucci
Verona, Italy : WBA Books, 2013.



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.



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



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.


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


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






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.




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)


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 or 020 7942 5460


Anthropology / 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





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.



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





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.



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

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






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






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                    





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].



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

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Night at the Museum by Lisa Di Tommaso


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!




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!




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.




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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