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Anthropology / Palaeontology



Wadi Hammeh 27, an early Natufian settlement at Pella in Jordan / edited by Phillip C. Edwards
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
A 2 q CUL


South-eastern Mediterranean peoples between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago / edited by Elena A.A. Garcea ; contributing authors, Nick Barton [and others].
Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, 2010
A 3 q GAR



The asteroid impact connection of planetary evolution : with special reference to large Precambrian and Australian impacts / Andrew Y. Glikson
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2013.
P 15D o GLI


Atlas of benthic foraminifera / Ann Holbourn, Andrew S. Henderson, and Norman MacLeod
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell ; [London] : Natural History Museum, 2013.




Discovering Dorset's wild flowers / Peter Cramb
Bridport : P. & M. Cramb, 2013.


Vegetation of Britain and Ireland / Michael Proctor
London : Collins, 2013.


Ferns and fern allies of Taiwan : supplement / Ralf Knapp.
Gaoshu Township, Pingtung County : Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre (KBCC Press), 2013.
FERNS 582.35(51) KNA


Flore de Gironde / Jean-Claude Aniotsbehere
Bordeaux : Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux, 2012.


Zarys struktury i fizjologii drzew leśnych / Jan Kopcewicz, Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska, Krystyna Kannenberg.
Tuchola : Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Zarządzania Środowiskiem ; Toruń : Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2012.
B 635.97 KOP


Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 5, Dicotyledoneae: Oleaceae - Zygophyllaceae / Alain Dobignard et Cyrille Chatelainn ; avec la collaboration de Markus Fischer, Joëlle Orso et Daniel Jeanmonod
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques, 2013.
B 581.9(61) DOB Q


Collecting ladies : Ferdinand von Mueller and women botanical artists / Penny Olsen.
Canberra, ACT : NLA Publishing, 2013.
B 7.043 OLS



The insects : structure and function / R.F. Chapman
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
E 11 o CHA


Synopsis of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from Canada. Part 1, Carabidae / by Jan Klimaszewski ... [et al.].
Sofia : Pensoft, 2012.


Revideret fortegnelse over Danmarks sommerfugle = Revised checklist of the Lepidoptera of Denmark / Ole Karsholt og Per Stadel Nielsen
København : Lepidopterologisk Forening, 2013




Food webs and biodiversity : foundations, models, data / Axel G. Rossberg
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
L 10E o ROS


Il fenomeno carsico delle Prealpi Giulie settentrionali (Friuli) / a cura di Giuseppe Muscio
Udine : Istituto Italiano di Speleoligia, 2008.
L 72I q MUS


Baía de Todos os Santos : diagnóstico socio-ambiental e Subsídios para a Gestão
Salvador, Brazil : Germen, 1997
L 76D o BAI


Natural history and travel : old and rare Books. Catalogue 291 / Allard Schierenberg
Amsterdam : Antiquariaat Junk, 2013.
L 95E o ANT


Ornithology (Tring)

Las aves de Canarias
Santa Cruz de Tenerife : Turquesa Pubs, 2013.


Aves do estuário da Baía da Babitonga e litoral de São Francisco do Sul/ Marta Jussara Cremer, Alexandre Venson Grose.
Joinville [SC]: Ed. Univille, 2010.


The birds of Africa. Volume VIII, The Malagasy Region / Roger Safford and Frank Hawkins ; plumage descriptions by David J. Pearson ; colour plates by John Gale and Brian Small.
London : Christopher Helm, 2013.


Causal analysis of spatio-temporal patterns of passerine migration along the Eastern flyway : dissertation / vorgelegt von Elizabeth Yohannes
Innsbruck : Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, 2003.


Darwin has come : new legend of the creature : working English translation from Japanese / NHK ; [translated by Fumio Taguchi]


Da-uin ga kitta / NHK
[Darwin has come : new legend of the creature]
Japan : Asahi Shimbun, 2011.


On the rocks. / Text and photographs by Bryan Nelson artwork by John Busby
Peterborough : Langford Press, 2013
ORNITHOLOGY 96A NEL                    



Monkey / Desmond Morris.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17A o MOR


Fauna Cantabrigiensis : the vertebrate and molluscan fauna of Cambridgeshire by the Rev. Leonard Jenyns (1800-1893) : transcript and commentaries / edited by Richard C. Preece and Tim H. Sparks.
London : Ray Society, 2012.
Z 72Aa q JEN


Livro vermelho da fauna ameaçada de extinção no Rio Grande do Sul / Carla S. Fontana, Glayson A. Bencke, Roberto E. Reis [organizadores].
Porto Alegre EDIPUCRS 2003
Z 76D q LIV


Mamíferos aquaticos do Brasil : plano de ação. Versão II
Brasília : Edições IBAMA, 2001


Frogs of the United States and Canada / C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 1
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 2


Las tortugas y los cocodrilianos de los países andinos de trópico / autores, José Vicente Rued-Almonacid ... [et al.] ; illustrationes, Stephen Nash, César Landazábal Mendoza, Marco Antonio Rada
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia : Conservación Internacional, 2007.




Missionary Needlework etc.  Collected by the Rev. G. E. Smith (1805-1881)]

by Sarah Vincent (Electronic Resources Librarian)


Recently unearthed from the collections by a slightly bemused librarian, Missionary Needlework etc., illustrates the importance of not judging a book by its cover, or indeed its title. There is a singular lack of needlepoint contained within the marbled covers of this 18th century scrapbook; it has instead been repurposed to hold a lovingly compiled collection of natural history drawings, cuttings, notes and photographs collected by the Reverend Gerard Edward Smith.


Smith was born in Camberwell in 1805. He studied at Oxford and, after being ordained in 1829, became Vicar of Sellinge, Kent. After marrying Isabella March Clark in 1935, Reverend Smith moved  to the North of England and spent the next 40-ish years as the Vicar of Cantley, Ashton Hayes and Osmaston, respectively, before retiring to Ockbrock.


Throughout his career, Smith enthusiastically pursued a side-line interest in the study of the natural world. He was a keen amateur botanist and, alongside his wife, spent time collecting, drawing and painting examples of local flora. He even found time to author several books on British botany, which are also held in the NHM Library.






Smith’s interest in the world around him did not end with plants, as demonstrated by Missionary Needlework, etc., which is a highly personal scrapbook composed of a brilliantly diverse and eclectic range of zoological articles, paintings, prints and illustrations (many of which were apparently drawn by Smith himself). These items have been meticulously pasted in place and arranged systematically in rough order of biological complexity. It begins with a rather charming human skeleton and finishes with some less charming parasitic worms, taking in such marvels as creepily smug dolphins and beautifully painted beetles along the way.








We received Missionary Needlework etc., as a donation from Aimee Clark in 1933. Aimee’s aunt, May Senior Clark, was presumably a relative of Isabella’s  and received Smith’s natural history collections following his death in 1881. From Aimee’s introductory letter, we can gain some insight into Smith’s character: apparently he was very popular with younger members of the family and was regarded as ‘a real playfellow’.
This description is backed up by one of the most charming items contained in the scrapbook, an inserted miniature pamphlet about bats, which was illustrated and written by a 21-year old Smith and dedicated to ‘the amusement of my little friends’.







This pamphlet covers a range of fascinating bat-themed topics and provides valuable advice to those travelling in areas inhabited by the vampire flitter mouse, namely to sleep with your feet covered up in order to avoid being bitten and ‘passing from a state of sound sleep to that of death’.


Fittingly, the pamphlet closes with a poetic description of the incident that inspired its creation, a home invasion by a rather confused long-eared bat: 

‘Prithee look dear Papa! What a wonder is here!
A winged little mouse, it would seem, I declare!
Where the door was wide opened, I saw it fly in,
So quite certain I am that it flits thro’ the air!’


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.

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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)


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Anthropology / Palaeontology



The early prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan : archaeological survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and al- Bustan and evaluation of the pre-pottery Neolithic A site of WF16 / edited by Bill Finlayson and Steven Mithen
Oxford : Oxbow, c2007
A 2 q FIN


The first farmers of central Europe : diversity in LBK lifeways / edited by Penny Bickle and Alasdair Whittle ; with contributions by Alexandra Anders, Rose-Marie Arbogast, R. Alexander Bentley, Penny Bickle, Christoph Blesl, Lucy Cramp, Philippa Cullen, Christopher Dale, Marta Dockalová, László Domboróczki, Linda Fibiger, Michael Francken, Claudia Gerling, Seren Griffiths, Gisela Grupe, Julie Hamilton, Robert Hedges, Daniela Hofmann, Nándor Kalicz, Zsófia Eszter Kovács, Eva Lenneis, Tibor Marton, Inna Mateiciucová, Christine Neugebauer-Maresch, Geoff Nowell, Krisztián Oross, Ildikó Pap, Juraj Pavúk, Joachim Pechtl, Pál Raczky, Linda Reynard, Michael Schultz, Peter Stadler, Elisabeth Stephan, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Barbara Tiefenböck, Joachim Wahl, Alasdair Whittle and Carrie Wright.
Oakville, Conn. : Oxbow Books and the David Brown Book Company, 2013
A 3 q BIC




The lost world of Fossil Lake : snapshots from deep time / Lance Grande ; with photography by Lance Grande and John Weinstein.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013
P 75C/50 q GRA




Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasciculo 178, Familia Compositae : Tribu Liabeae / por Rasario Redonda-Martinez
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasciculo. 177, Familia Dioscoreaceae / por Victoria Sosa e Ismael G. Valdivieso
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Laboratornoe kulʹtivirovanie morskikh mikrovodorosleĭ, vkliuchai͡a produt͡sentov fitotoksinov : nauchno-metodicheskoe posovie / T.I͡U. Orlova, N.A. Aĭzdaĭcher, I.V. Stonik.
[Manual on laboratory cultivation of marine microalgae, including toxic species]
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2011.


Zhejiang Dongtou Dazing haizao = [The Marine Algae in Dongtou, Zheijiang]
China : Ocean Press, 2012.
ALGAE 582.26(265) WAN


"Les mousses" : Liste rouge, inventaire et initiation aux bryophytes du canton de Genève / Laurent Burgisser & Arianne Cailliau ; avec la collaboration de Michelle Price, Anne-Laure Maire & Hélène Hinden et en coordination avec Bertrand von Arx
[Mosses : red List, inventory and introduction to bryophytes the canton of Geneva]
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, 2012.


Morskie rastenii͡a stran Aziatsko-Tikhookeanskogo regiona, ikh ispolʹzovanie i kulʹtivirovanie Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation / Ė.A. Titli͡anov, T.V. Titli͡anova ; Pod obshcheĭ redakt͡sieĭ akademika A.V. Adrianova.
Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2012.


Ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly / Rosaline J. Murphy ... [et al.].
Truro : ERCCIS, 2012.
FERNS 582.35(410) MUR Q


Scolt Head Island / edited by J. A. Steers.
Cambridge: W. Heffer. 1960
L 72Aa o STE


The ecological impact of long-term changes in Africa's Rift Valley / Andrew J. Plumptre, editor.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, 2012.
L 74 q ECO


Wonders of nature : Ustad Mansur at the Mughal court / Asok Kumar Das
Mumbai : Marg Foundation, c2012
L 83 q DAS


The impact of the Biodiversity Heritage Library Digitisation Project on scientific research at the Natural History Museum, London / Angela D. Thresher



Minerals from the Republic of Macedonia : with an introduction to mineralogy / Gligor Jovanoski, Blažo Boev, & Petre Makreski
Skopje : Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2012.
M (497) JOV



Kangaroo / John Simons.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17L o SIM


Global perspectives on the biology and life history of the white shark / edited by Michael L. Domeier.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012.


Mammals of China / Andrew T. Smith and Yan Xie, editors ; Robert S. Hoffmann ... [et al.], contributing authors ; Federico Gemma, illustrator ; Wang Sung, honorary editor.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2013


Amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica : a pocket guide / Federico Muñoz Chacón, Richard Dennis Johnston.
Ithaca ; London  : Comstock Pub. Associates, 2013.


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Daoud Jackson has joined us for a week of work experience during his summer holiday.


He has just completed his first year of A levels where he is taking; Maths, Japanese, History and Theology.


During his time with us he is helping to index volumes of artwork from the Hodgson collection. Learn more about this project.


In just over two days Daoud has already worked his way through 102 images, including quails and storks.


We have also been using his Japanese language skills to assist with the translation

of recent acquisitions.


For more information about volunteering opportunities throughout the Museum take a look at our website.


The latest edition of the NHM Magazine EVOLVE! is out now.



The Summer 2013 edition is a bumper edition for fans of the NHM Library & Archives:


Letters of a naturalist

During this 'Wallace 100' anniversary year, Caroline Catchpole (Archivist, Wallace Correspondence Project), talks about the project, the life and work of this very important man and the collections held here at the NHM L&A.


Famous faces: Letters from poets, playwrights and pioneers

Daisy Cunynghame (Museum Archivist) highlights some of the more unexpected individuals who appear in the Archives.


Martin Hinton: The innate habits of a squirrel

Karolyn Shindler (L&A Associate) explores both the professional and personal life of former Keeper of Zoology, and his connections to the Piltdown fraud.


Museum Lives project

A project undertaken by the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR), which has created a digital archive of interviews with 50 of the Museum's curators, conservators and researchers, past & present.


Evolve is available to purchase via the Museum website, in the shop or members receive it free.


Hannah Rausa: Serials Librarian (Technical Services)




How long have you worked at the NHM?

I started at the NHM Library 10 years ago in May 2003, as an Information Assistant.  I left for a short period to pursue my academic studies, but returned in August 2005.  I have been Serials Librarian for the past four years.


What were you doing before you came here?

I was studying for my BSc Geography Degree at University and I also worked as an office secretary in London.  Working at the NHM Library was my first full time job since leaving University. It is such an interesting and unique place to work in, I have continued to work here.


What does your average day look like?

An average day for me involves a variety of tasks.  They range from corresponding with our subscription agent and publishers, about our annual subscription orders and newly available content. Reviewing our expenditure forecasts against our budget, investigating alternative ways to access content which may benefit our users and our budget. I also assist staff with serial queries such as finding material on the shelves, tracking down missing issues, and advising on the best way to manage our serial records.  In addition I provide enquiry support on our service desk on a weekly basis.




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

There are so many amazing items to choose from! A personal favourite is Williams Smith’s Geological Map from 1815.  It was the first treasure I unearthed when I started working here. I had the opportunity to handle it and was involved in some public outreach events associated with it, so really got a flavour of the excitement and amazement which it draws from people.


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

The Mineral Gallery is a fascinating space and I always discover new things each time I visit there – it is amazing to see what our natural world produces.  The Blue Whale also holds a place in my heart.  Along with the Central Hall it forms a strong memory of my first visit to the NHM when I was a child.  I remember being completely in awe of the size and beauty of the Museum and the Blue Whale.  I purchased a Blue Whale book from the museum shop, which was treasured for many years.


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


Based on my love of the countryside and my belief in the value of family, I think it would have to be a dog, with its pack mentality and outdoor lifestyle.  I would of course need to be homed with a loving and caring human family. 


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Anthropology / Palaeontology



The human brain evolving : paleoneurological studies in honor of Ralph L. Holloway / editors, Douglas Broadfield ... [et al.].
Gosport (In.) : Stone Age Institute Press, 2010.
A 3B q HUM


Regionality and biotype exploitation in Danish Ertebølle and adjoining periods / by Inge Bødker Enghoff
Copenhagen : Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2011
A 3 o ENG




Naukovi Kolektsiï Derzhavnoho Prirodoznavchoho Muzeiu. Vypusk 3, Paleobotanichnyi Fond (Neogen) / A.P. Mamchur
L'viv : Natsional'na akademiia nauk Ukraïny, 2009
P GM 069.5:562(477) MAM




Flora of India : Volume 23, Loranthaceae - Daphinphyllaceae / N. P. Balakrishnan ... et al. (eds.)
Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India, 2012.
B 581.9(54) FLO


Taxonomy of <Carex> sect. Rhomboidales (Cyperaceae) / Jin Xiao-Feng, Zheng Chao-Zong
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 582.4P199 JIN Q


The Genus <Cypripedium> in China / Liu Zhongjian
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 582.4P169 LIU


Flora of China : illustrations. Volume 19, Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae / Wu Zhengyi, Peter H. Raven, Hong Deyuan (eds.)
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 581.9(51) FLO Q


Flora of China : illustrations. Volume 23, Acoraceae through Cyperaceae / Wu Zhengyi, Peter H. Raven, Hong Deyuan (eds)
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 581.9(51) FLO Q


Flora Malesiana : series 2 - Ferns and fern allies. Vol. 4, Blechnaceae, Hypodematiaceae, Monachosoraceae, Nephrolepidaceae, Oleandraceae, Pteridaceae subfam. Parkerioideae, Textaria Group: Arthropteris / H.P. Nooteboom ... [et al.]
Leiden : Flora Malesiana, 2010.
FERNS 582.35(595) STE


A Complete History of the Butterflies & Moths of Sussex / Colin Pratt
S.l.: Colin. R. Pratt, 2010
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 1
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 2
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 3



Mutation-Driven Evolution / Masatoshi Nei.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
L 9D o NEI


Age of the Dinosaur / Steve Parker
Natural History Museum 2013


Nature's treasurehouse : a history of the Natural History Museum / John Thackray and Bob Press
London : Natural History Museum, 2013.




Nicht von dieser Welt : Bayerns Meteorite / [Roland Eichhorn, Erwin Geiß, Rosemarie Loth]
Augsburg : Bayerisches Lamdesamt fur Umwelt, 2012
M 523.681(430) EIC


Uranium : cradle to grave / edited by Peter C. Burns and Ginger E. Sigmon
Quebec : Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2013
M 553.495 BUR



Ornithology (Tring)

The Biodiversity in Glasgow (BIG) Project / Elizabeth Humphreys, Paul Kirkland & Dan Chamberlain
Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology, 2013


Birds in Cornwall Digital, 1931-2006
[Cornwall] : Cornwall Bird Watching & Preservation Society, 2010.


Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands / Ian Sinclair, Olivier Langrand ; illustrated by Norman Arlott ... [et al.].
Cape Town : Struik Nature, 2013.


Eggs and physiology through the evolution of amniotes / Maximilian T. Stockdale
[Bristol : University of Bristol, 2013.]


Handbook of the birds of the world. Special volume: New species and global index / edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, David A. Christie.
Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.


Hornbills of the world : a photographic guide / Pilai Poonswad, Alan Kemp, Morten Strange, photography by Tim Laman and others.
Singapore : Draco Publishing, 2013.


Image database for the Feather Guide for the Western Palearctic
[ ] : The Featherguide Organisation, [2009]


The man who saved the whooping crane : the Robert Porter Allen story / Kathleen Kaska.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2012.


Marine birds of the Eastern United States and the Bay of Fundy : distribution, numbers, trends, threats, and management / Ian C. T. Nesbet et al.
Cambridge, Mass. : Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2013


More than birds : adventurous lives of North American  naturalists / Val Shushkewich.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2012].


El mosquitero ibérico / Nacho Rodríguez Martínez, Javier García Fernández, José Luis Copete (coordinadores)
León : Grupo Ibérico de Anillamiento, 2013.


Production of representative Cormorant population trends with confidence limits / authors : D.C. Chamberlain, G.E. Austin, R.E. Green & N.H.K. Burton
Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology, 2012


The Woodhen : a flightless island bird defying extinction / Clifford B. Frith.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(2) FRI                  




North American freshwater mussels : natural history, ecology, and conservation / Wendell R. Haag
Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Z 10F q HAA





Drawings collection of Olivia Frances Tonge (1858-1949)


by Lisa Atalla, Information Assistant


Olivia Fanny Tonge (nee Fitzmaurice) was born in Glamorganshire in 1858. Her Father, Lewis Roper Fitzmaurice (b.1816, London), a mate and assistant surveyor on the H.M.S Beagle under John Lort Stokes was a keen naturalist and painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes. Many of his watercolours were used to illustrate Captain Lort Stokes’ book ‘Discovery in Australia… Voyage of H.M.S Beagle 1837-43’ (London, 1846).



NHM Image number: 043082




It was from her father that Olivia’s interest in travel and love of nature probably stemmed- although, it has been said he did not have much confidence in her as a painter, being unaware that her inability to draw landscapes was due to being short sighted rather than lack of talent. As a consequence, Olivia’s watercolours were small scale, focussing on flowers, bird and reptiles- things that she could see in detail close up.







At the age of 19, Olivia married Dinely Fowler Tonge, with whom she had two daughters- Blanche and Ermin. At this point she gave up painting, spending time on other creative pursuits. This included writing articles for her friend the Reverend J. G. Wood’s publication ‘The Animal World’ and books such as ‘Petland Revisited’ as well as woodcarving, metalwork, singing, dress design and embroidery.

After her husband died, Olivia had to earn money to support her daughters, and became the needle work editor of ‘Hearth and Home’ for many years. She didn't begin painting again until her eldest daughter began to paint landscapes and portraits.


NHM Image number: 043080




In 1908, at the age of 50, Olivia embarked on the first of her two trips to India alone. In the preface to her sketchbooks a passage entitled ’Curious Fragment’ shows the determination and independence this would have required .Tonge3.jpg



“And it came to pass that a certain Grandmother, when that she had come to nigh on two score years and ten; and had gotten long in the tooth, spake to herself thus.- Lo, will I now paint… and verily no man mote stop her”

The 16 sketch books, donated to the Natural History Museum Library in 1952 each contain around 30 pages of annotated watercolours made in Sindh, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Mussoorie, Luknow, Karsiyang, Karachi and various other places across India and Pakistan- spanning both of Olivia’s trips in 1908-1910 and 1912-1913.


NHM Image number: 043090







Unusually, Olivia included cultural elements to her drawings, including people, local jewellery, toys, methods of transport (including working animals) and even local sweets.




The pages were crowded with annotations and intertwining paintings of differing subjects. She depicted local people alongside the local flora and fauna, perhaps showing how the culture of the area is influenced by the natural world around them - and certainly making nature and science more accessible to the non-scientific community at home, who had an interest in the exotic.

Olivia’s annotations were charming and personal- not at all scientific, such as- “ A Mussoorie Black Crested Myna, a very friendly bird with a beautiful song”. The colours she used reflected the vibrancy and richness of the country she travelled in and the experience she was documenting.




NHM Image number: 021874


In 1913, on her return from India, Olivia again stopped painting- instead, taking up gardening.  She died in Lincoln at the age of 90.



NHM Image number: 0430797


Cicely Proctor has joined us for a summer internship working with the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR).


She is in her second year of a degree at Southampton Solent University, studying 'Writing, Fashion and Culture'.








In her first 2 weeks she has already participated in behind the scenes tours for potential collaborators with CAHR, giving her an insight into the daily work of museum staff.


This has included watching the preservation of palaeontological specimens in our Conservation studio, the pressing of dried plant specimens by a herbarium technician and learning about curation of moth speciemsn undertaken by entomologist Martin Honey.







Cicely has been given the task of studying the recent Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) consultation relating to 'Classifying and measuring the creative industries'. Next month Cicely will be meeting with individual staff members from the Library & Archives team to learn more about the types of researchers who use our collections and how many could be classed as coming from the 'creative industries'. Information collected by Cicely will go towards a longer term plan of how the museum can encourage more researchers such as fashion designers or artists to use the collections.


When you speak to Cicely, it is clear how struck she is by the size of the collections that she has already witnessed behind the scenes, and how she never realised this as a regular visitor to the Museum.


We are looking forward to her working with us over the summer and hope that she really enjoys learning more about the museum, its collections and how researchers from all different walks of life could be interested in our collections.





In March 2013 a short term funded project was started to catalogue miscellaneous Alfred Russel Wallace manuscripts. These items were recently added to the Library's larger Wallace collection, and consist of items such as printed ephemera, photographs, cuttings, maps (including constellation), notebooks and other miscellaneous items (for example, a lock of hair belonging to his friend Richard Spruce). These items are generally those collected by A. R. Wallace, rather than written or made by him




Diane Tough is the cataloguer employed to undertake this interesting project, which is funded until November 2013.





Information relating to each individual item is recorded into CALM, the Archives online catalogue, and is available immediately via our website for the use of researchers. Each item is given a individual reference number, described, measured and specific information is recorded; such as a physical description, any markings or notes that it contains etc. On average approximately 25 items are processed per day.





As a result of the work she has already completed for this project, Diane has learnt new information about Wallace, his personal life and family. This includes;



      • His artistic talent
      • William, his brother, was also a talented artist
      • Wallace was interested in phrenology


Diane is thoroughly enjoying the variety of items that she is handling and the stories they tell. The following are examples of some of her favourites:




Address presented to the Reverend W. P. Stephens

St Savour's, Johannesburg - dated 1899 (hand coloured and on vellum) (WP18/77)

[Pictured with Diane above]


Results of a Phrenological study taken of A. R. Wallace by James Quilter Rumball - dated 1845. It includes the development chart and handwritten character analysis WP18/39 [Pictured above]


Wallace is scored on a scale of 6 (very small) to 10 (very large). Some examples include:


Locality - sense of place, of space - love of travelling = Score 9

Destructiveness - impluse to destroy, by word or deed = score 8





Proofs of woodcut illustrations for Wallace's publication 'The Malay Archipelago', these are by multiple artists (WP6/1/7 1-34) [Pictured above]


Photograph of 369 Channel Street, Stockton, California (WP2/1/25) This is believed to be the house of Wallace's brother John, who Wallace visited during his tour of America and taken circa 1887. What is particularly interesting is that it depicts two youngsters in the foreground sitting on what look to be very early bicycles. [Pictured above]






Out now is the Spring edition of EVOLVE, the Natural History Museum's glossy inhouse magazine.



News and articles included, which may be of particular interest for Library & Archive lovers are:


Martin Hinton 'My mysterious career' - by Karolyn Shindler


Wallace's letters online


Wallace species seeker extraordinaire - by Richard Conniff


Remarkable collections: What's new at the Museum - by Gemma Simmons


John Gould- by Gemma Simmons


Evolve is available to purchase via the Museum website, in the shop or members receive it free.


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Eleven Harvard students arrived from America this week to begin two weeks of work the NHM Library & Archives. The students are here as part of a eight week summer school, the first two weeks in London and then the rest of the time in Oxford.


During their time with us in the museum, they will work on transcribing Wallace letters from the collections as part of the Wallace Correspondence Project


The students are in the UK for a total of eight weeks and are funded by the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program (DRIEG). After they finish at the NHM next week they are attending the Harvard Summer School Programme course called "An exploration of evolutionary biology" at Oxford University.


For many of them this is their first experience of London and the UK, so thankfully the weather has finally turned summery for them!


We thank them for their hard work over the next two weeks and wish them luck for the rest of their trip.





Mark Catesby was born in Essex in 1683, the son of John Catesby, a lawyer and a gentleman farmer. Catesby developed an interest in natural history after meeting naturalist John Ray. The Catesby family were of medium wealth and the inheritance Mark received upon the death of his father allowed him to pursue his love for natural history.



Catesby spent some time studying in London before voyaging to America in 1710 to stay with his sister in Williamsburg, Virginia. During this time he collected botanical specimens and seeds and sent them back to Thomas Fairchild, a nurseryman in Hoxton. This time spent in America advanced Catesby’s knowledge of plants and animals, gained him more experience of collecting and improved his drawing skills.





Above: Cancer terrestris Land crab plate 32 from 'Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas', Vol 2 by Mark Catesby NHM Image number: 022694



Whilst away his profile amongst the science community had grown. Eminent scientists Sir Hans Sloane and Dr William Sherrard had identified Catesby’s potential as a naturalist, even purchasing specimens from him themselves. NaturalHistoryMuseum_PictureLibrary_014700_Comp.JPG




In 1722 Sloane and the Royal Society financed a trip for Catesby to Carolina. Whilst based in Charlestown, he collected plants, birds and shells, sending many back to Sloane in London. At this point Catesby would have regarded himself predominantly as a botanist. However, Sloane’s demands for other specimens increased his knowledge and interest in ornithology.


Catesby travelled from Carolina to the eastern coast of North America, taking in Florida and later moving on to the West Indies, returning to England in 1726.


Upon his return he was encouraged to publish the illustrations made during his trip. This became a labour of love for Catesby. Despite having financial backing, he still had to oversee the entire production of his book Natural History of Carolina, Florida and Bahamas Islands. He even learnt how to etch copper plates, taking lessons from Joseph Goupy a French painter and engraver who resided in London. Not only did Catesby engrave the plates, he also hand coloured them until he could afford to employ help.



Left: Title page from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731-43) Vol. 1 by Mark Catesby. NHM Image number 014700




The Natural History of Carolina was eventually published in three parts; Volume 1 in 1731, Volume 2 in 1743 and finally a Supplement in 1746. The book covered birds, animals, fish, snakes, insects, plants, forest trees and shrubs. His book was the first to use folio-sized plates for natural history subjects. This allowed Catesby to draw many of his birds their actual size.




Throughout this tome are many wonderful and fascinating drawings. One of particular importance is that of the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius). This bird once lived in huge flocks and it was reported that in 1866 one flock in southern Ontario was one mile wide and three hundred miles long, taking fourteen hours to pass over. It is estimated to have held in excess of 3.5 billion birds. They remained in such enormous numbers until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to the Passenger Pigeon’s eventual extinction. They were hunted for food, for their feathers to make beds and it was also believed the pigeon had medicinal properties. Martha, reportedly the last surviving Passenger Pigeon, died at the Cincinnati zoo in September 1914.


Catesby’s book was well received and remained in demand for a long period, primarily because it was the only book on North American natural history at the time. Catesby died in 1749 leaving all his works to his wife, who sold them on for £400. They were purchased by King George III and are now in the Royal Library at Windsor.


Above: Ectopistes migratorius, passenger pigeon Plate 23, hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731-43) Vol. 1 by Mark Catesby. NHM Image number 014723


by Sarah Sworder, Reader Services Information Assistant


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

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 world at the time of Messel : puzzles in palaeobiology, palaeoenvironment, and the history of early primates : 22nd International Senckenberg Conference, Frankfurt am Main, 15th-19th November 2011 / Thomas Lehmann & Stephan F.K. Schaal, eds.
Frankfurt am Main : Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, c2011.
P 12U q LEH


Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems of the Korean Cretaceous dinosaur coast : a field guide to the excursions of the 11th Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems symposium (August 19-22, 2012) / by Martin G. Lockley & Min Huh & Jeong Yul Kim ; organized by the 11th MTE Organizing Committee ; hosted by the Geological Society of Korea ; co-hosted by Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University
[Gwangju, Korea : Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University, 2012].
P 15A o SYM


Program : the 11th Symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial systems : biota and ecosystem, and their global correlation : Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju City, South Korea, August 15th-18th, 2012 / organized by the 11th MTE Organizing Committee ; hosted by the Geological Society of Korea ; co-hosted by Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University
[Gwangju, Korea : Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University, 2012].
P 15A o SYM


History of life / Richard Cowen
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
P 15C q COW


Eurypterids illustrated : the search for prehistoric sea scorpions / Samuel J. Ciurca, Jr.
Rochester, New York : Paleo Research, 2008-2010.
P26 q CIU


Prehl'adná geologická mapa kvartéru Slovenskej Republiky = General quaternary geological map of the Slovak Republic / zostavili = compilation, Juraj Maglay, redaktor = ed.ed ; Martina Moravcová ... [et al.] ; Ministerstvo Životného Prostredia ... [et al.].
Bratislava : [s.n.], 2011.




The reindeer botanist : Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 / Wendy Dathan.
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2012.
92 POR


Guide d'identification des arbres du Burkina Faso / Moctar Sacande, Lassina Sanou et Henk Beentje.
Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2012.
581.9(662.5) SAC


Hardy cypripedium : species, hybrids and cultivation / Werner Frosch, Phillip Cribb.
Richmond : Kew Publishing, 2013.
582.4P4169 FRO Q


Genus Cyclamen : in science, cultivation, art and culture / edited by Brian Mathew ; watercolours by Christabel King and Pandora Sellars.
Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.
582.4P99 MAT Q


The art of embroidered butterflies / Jane E. Hall
Tunbridge Wells : Search Press, 2012.
E 3A q HAL


Mariposas del Ecuador = Butterflies & moths of Ecuador / Museo de Zoologia. Vol. 14, Familia: Riodinidae / Francisco Piñas Rubio
Quito : Compañía de Jesús, 2006.


Troficheskie sviazi gusenits sovkoobraznykh cheshuekrylykhh fauny Rossii (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea: Nolidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae, Noctuidae) = Trophic connections of the larvae of noctuoidea of Russia / A. Ju. Matov, V.S. Kononenko.
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2012.


The human impact on the natural environment : past, present and future / Andrew S. Goudie
Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
L 66A q GOU


Ghidul speciilor comune din Parcul Naţional Munţii Rodnei = Field guide to common species from the Rodna Mountains National Park / [text Claudiu Iușan, Alina Szabó]
Bistriţa : Karuna, 2009.
L 72N o IUS


Tibet wild : a naturalist's journeys on the roof of the world / George B. Schaller.
Washington, DC : Island Press, 2012.
L 73F o SCH


Memórias do Mar : biodiversidade, conservação e cultura no litoral Brasileiro / Leopold Cavaleri Gerdhardinger, Maíra Borgonha, Áthila Andrade Bertoncicni, editores
Florianópolis : Ecomares, 2010.
L 76D q GER


Manguezais do Rio de Janeiro.
[Rio de Janeiro, Brazil] : Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal de Meio Ambiente, [2000?]
L 76D q SEC


Il Museo regionale di scienze naturali : la regione promotrice di cultura naturalistica / a cura di Elena Giacobino e Daniele Ormezzano.
Torino : Museo regionale di scienze naturali, 2011.
L 85 o TUR


Preserving archives / Helen Forde and Jonathan Rhys-Lewis
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.



Halocyprid ostracods of the Arabian Sea region / Inna Drapun, Sharon L. Smith.
Muscat, Oman : Sultan Qaboos University, Academic Publication Board, 2011.


Calanoid copepods of the Arabian Sea region / Irina Prusova, Sharon L. Smith, Elena Popova.
Muscat, Oman : Sultan Qaboos University, Academic Publication Board, 2011.


The fishes of Zimbabwe and their biology / Brian Marshall.
Grahamstown, South Africa : South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, 2011.


Lemurs of Madagascar / Russell A. Mittermeier ... [et al.] ; illustrated by Stephen D. Nash.
Arlington, Va. : Conservation International, 2010


E l'uomo incontrò il lupo : Domesticazione del lupo e origine del rapporto tra uomo e cane / a cura di Luciana Trovato, Roberta Cavelli
Torino : Regione Piemonte Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali Torino, 2011.


Biology and conservation of tropical Asian amphibians : proceedings of the conference "Biology of the Amphibians in the Sunda Region, South-east Asia" / edited by Indraneil Das, Alexander Haas and Andrew Alek Tuen.
Sarawak, Malaysia : Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, c2011.

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