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

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


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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

[Vitória : Gráfica Santo Antônio, 2004].



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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Anthropology / Palaeontology



Cave art : a guide to the decorated Ice Age caves of Europe / Paul G. Bahn
London : Frances Lincoln, 2012.
A 3A o BAH


Palaeolithic cave art at Creswell Crags in European context / Paul Pettitt, Paul Bahn, Francisco J. Muñoz & Sergio Ripoll (eds.)
Oxford ; New

York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
A 3A o PET


First Workshop of AHOB3 (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain) : Dispersal of early humans : adaptations, frontiers and new territories / edited by Chris Stringer, Nick Ashton and Silvia Bello
London : [s.n.], 2011.
A 6 q ANC


Second Workshop of AHOB3 (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain) : Dispersal of early humans : adaptations, frontiers and new territories / edited by Chris Stringer, Nick Ashton and Silvia Bello
London : [s.n.], 2013
A 6 q ANC




Geologic excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley : a tour of California's iconic geology / edited by Keith Putirka.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, c2013.
P 75C/5 q PUT


Late Cretaceous to Quaternary strata and fossils of Texas : field excursions celebrating 125 years of GSA and Texas geology, GSA South-Central Section meeting, Austin, Texas, April 2013 / edited by Brian B. Hunt, Elizabeth J. Catlos.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, Inc., 2013.
P 75C/43 q HUN


The Southern Cordillera and beyond / [edited] by José Jorge Aranda-Gómez, Gustavo Tolson, Roberto S. Molina-Garza.
Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, c2012.
P 75D q ARA



Guide to the Palermo botanical garden / Francesco Maria Raimondo, Pietro Mazzola, Andrea Di Martino
Palermo : Arbor, impr. 2009.
B 58.006 PAL RAI


Wildflowers of the central highlands of Namibia / Coleen Mannheimer.
Windhoek, Namibia : Macmillan Education Namibia, 2012.
B 581.9(688) MAN


Western weeds : a guide to the weeds of Western Australia / B. M. J. Hussey ... [et al.].
Victoria Park, W.A. : Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, 1997.
B 581.9(941) HUS


Epiphyllous Liverworts of Eastern Himalaya / Monalisa Dey & D.K. Singh
Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India, 2012.


Pierre-Joseph Redouté : botanical artist to the court of France / [compilation and editing, Terry van Druten ; authors, Pieter Baas ... [et al.]].
Haarlem : Teylers Museum ; Rotterdam : nai010, 2013.
B 7.043 RED Q


Las Orquídeas del Occidente de Mexico. Vol. 1 / Jorge Roberto González Tamayo, Lizbeth Hernández Hernández
[Mexico] : Coecytjal, 2010.
B 581.9(79P9) GON Q



Insect fauna of Henan : Diptera : Empidoidea / by Ding Yang, Mengqing Wang, Yajun Zhu, Lili Zhang
Beijing : Science Press, 2010.
E 73H o INS


Henan kun chong zhi. Mo chi mu. Ji feng ke / by Sheng Maoling & Sun Shuping
Beijing : Science Press, 2009.
E 73H o INS


Henan kun chong zhi. Lin chi mu. Ming e zong ke / by Houhun Li, Yingdang Ren ... et al.
Beijing : Science Press, 2009.
E 73H o INS




Luontotyyppisuojelun nykytilanne ja kehittämistarpeet : Lakisääteiset turvaamiskeinot = Current situation and development needs in the protection of natural habitat types - statutory safeguarding measures / Anne Raunio ... et al.
Helsinki : Suomen ympäristökeskus ; 2013.
L 72Q q FIN


Plano de ação para a Mata Atlântica / Ibsen de Gusmão Câmara
São Paulo, SP : Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica, [1992?]
L 76D o CAM


Amazônia azul : o mar que nos pertence / Armando Amorim Ferreira Vidigal ... [et al.]
Rio de Janeiro : Record, 2006.
L 76D o VID


Towards greater knowledge of the Brazilian semi-arid biodiversity / Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz, Alessandro Rapini, Ana Maria Giulietti (editors).
Brasília, Brazil : Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, 2006.
L 76D q QUE


Alfred R. Wallace L'explorateur de l'evolution / Peter Raby, préface de Jean Gayon
[Paris] : Éditions de l'Evolution, 2001.
L 96A o WAL


An Introduction to isomorphology / Gillian Anderson
London : super/collider, 2013
L 83 o AND




Coral reef remote sensing : a guide for multi-level sensing, mapping and assessment / James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis, Stuart R. Phinn (eds.)
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2012.
Z 45B o GOO


Wildlife of Australia / Iain Campbell and Sam Woods.
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2013.
Z 77C o CAM


The biology of sharks and rays / A. Peter Klimley ; with illustrations by Steven Oerding
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.


Coastal fishes of New Zealand / Malcolm Francis
Nelson, New Zealand : Craig Potton Publishing, 2012.


Population fluctuations in rodents / Charles J. Krebs
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.


Giraffe reflections / text by Dale Peterson ; photographs by Karl Ammann
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.


The birds of Africa. Vol. 8, The Malagasy region / [ed. by] Roger Safford and Frank Hawkins ; plumage descriptions by David J. Pearson ; colour plates by John Gale and Brian Small.
London [etc.] : Christopher Helm, 2013.


Caroline Catchpole: Archivist Wallace Collection





How long have you worked at the NHM?

2 years


What were you doing before you came here?

I began my archive career at Kew Gardens where I worked for two years, the second year part time whilst I studied for my archival qualification at UCL. I then worked in the archives at Kings College London before coming here.


What does your average day look like?

I think one of the reasons I became an Archivist is that no two days are the same which keeps you on your toes! As Archivist for the Wallace Correspondence Project, one thing I can be sure of is that my day will include thinking about and talking about Wallace! My job includes cataloguing Wallace letters into our project’s database, answering enquiries about the project and Wallace. I research the letters and select which ones to tweet about on the NHM L&A Twitter page (@nhm_library )and also which ones to write about for my ‘Letter of the Month’ blog. (Wallace100 blog)


Our database of letters includes letters to and from Wallace from repositories around the world, so I’m responsible for talking to these repositories and arranging for their Wallace letters to be scanned and sent to me. I also manage a successful volunteering programme whereby volunteers assist the project by transcribing the letters. I then link the transcriptions to our database so people who use Wallace Letters Online are met most of the time (2,600 out of 4,700 letters are transcribed) with a user-friendly transcription instead of trying to decipher Victorian scrawl.



I also get to give talks to the public about Wallace and his archive we have here at the museum which is one of my favourite things to do.


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

A letter that Wallace wrote to Richard Spruce in September 1852 because the story contained in it is so dramatic and life-changing. Wallace left the Amazon in July 1852, but he was shipwrecked when the boat that was taking him back to England caught fire and sank not long into the voyage. He only had time to save a few personal possessions before abandoning ship. The survivors were rescued 10 days later and it was aboard this rescue boat that Wallace composed his 8 page letter to Spruce. In it he details the sinking and the loss of two years’ worth of Amazonian specimens. You can really feel the desolation at having lost his collections – he wrote that his collections would have been the finest in Europe had they survived. Towards the end of the letter you can feel his utter joy at arriving back in the UK after the nightmare voyage home. This letter always makes me wonder as well would his life have taken a different course if he hadn’t lost his collections and diaries and notes from the Amazon?


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

My favourite public place in the museum is the balcony where the Huxley and Owen statues are and looking back at Central Hall over Dippy, to the Darwin Statue and Wallace portrait. I still get awestruck every time I’m up there. My favourite objects on display are the Blaschka glass models in the Treasures gallery; they are so beautiful and unique. I think it speaks volumes that with all the technology we have today, no-one has been able to reproduce them since they were first made in the nineteenth century.


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

A bumblebee. They do such a vital job for our eco-system and are having a bit of a hard time of it at the moment. So at least if I became one, it’d boost the numbers slightly.


Basil Harrington Soulsby was born near Christchurch, New Zealand on 3rd November 1864. After his father’s death he moved to England and was educated at Cheltenham College and at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He also spent some time at Tübingen and Göttingen Universities in Germany before beginning a career as a schoolmaster. In 1892 he changed careers and entered the library service of the British Museum in Bloomsbury as an Assistant in the Department of Printed Books. He progressed to taking charge of the Map Room, and later of the Copyright Office.  He was also Deputy Superintendent of the Reading Room for a time.


He transferred to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington in 1909 and from 1921 he was appointed Assistant in charge of the General Library. His main task was to continue Woodward’s Catalogue of the Natural History Library in five volumes, and one supplementary volume. At the time of his death he had almost completed the second supplementary volume. Soulsby was an active member of the Library Association and in 1902 he held the position of Honorary Secretary of the Library Association. He was also a member of the Hakluyt Society and contributed translations, introductions, bibliographies and indices to many of the Hakluyt Society’s books. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society on 24th May 1930, recommended by S.F. Harmer, (President of the Linnean Society), J. Ramsbottom, Botanical Secretary, Linnean Society and Lionel Walter Rothschild.

Basil was determined to improve the collection of Linnaeus’s works within the NHM, and spent many of his holidays touring Sweden and Germany looking at Linnean collections and acquiring material for the NHM library collection. He spent a thousand pounds of his own money on books written by Linnaeus, his students, and contemporaries. He also obtained a number of theses or dissertations produced by students of Linnaeus at Uppsala University. His friendship with Dr. J. M. Hulth, the Chief Librarian of the Royal University Library at Uppsala University, gave him unrestricted access to the Linnean collection at Uppsala University. By the time he retired he could claim that the Linnean Collection at the NHM was the “next best in the world” to that of Uppsala University in Sweden. He retired in 1930 but was asked to produce a revised second edition of A Catalogue of the Works of Linnaeus (and publications more immediately relating thereto) preserved in the libraries of the British Museum(Natural History) (South Kensington) published in London by the British Museum in 1933.

The first edition of the Catalogue prepared for the Linnaeus Bicentenary in 1907 consisted of 580 entries on 27 pages. The second edition contains nearly 4,000 entries over 300 pages and included an introduction, bibliographical notes and an index. Sadly he died on 14th January 1933, just before publication of his great work which was acknowledged as the most “complete review of the writings of or on Linnaeus which exists”.  At the time of his death he was checking the final proofs of this great work. Little is known of his personal life but he was described by Swedish colleagues as a “man of amiable disposition and pawky humour”.






A Catalogue of the Works of Linnaeus (and publications more immediately relating thereto) preserved in the libraries of the British Museum(Natural History) (South Kensington), London, British Museum, 1933.


London Gazette 14th April 1933


Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London no 145, 1934.


Svenska Dagbladet, 25th January 1933. Mr Basil Soulsby passes away.



Written by Diane Tough (Former Head of Cataloguing, NHM Library & Archives)


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



Bioarchaeology : the contextual analysis of human remains / edited by Jane E. Buikstra and Lane A. Beck
Amsterdam ; London : Academic Press, 2006.
A 6 o BUI


Bioarchaeology  : an integrated approach to working with human remains / Debra L. Martin, Ryan P. Harrod, Ventura R. Pérez
New York, NY : Springer, c2013.
A 6 o MAR




Bitterfelder Berstein versus Baltischer Bernstein Hypothesen, Fakten, Fragen : II, Bitterfelder Bersteinkolloquium / Jochen Rascher ... [et al.] (Eds.).
Hannover : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2008.
P 50 q RAS


The early Devonian Posongchong flora of Yunnan : a contribution to an understanding of the evolution and early diversification of vascular plants / Hao Shougang, Xue Jinzhuang.
Beijing : Science Press, [2013].
P 50 q SHO


Bedrock geology of the Cape St Mary's Peninsula, southwest Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland : includes parts of NTS map sheets 1M/1, 1N/4, 1L/16 and 1K/13 / Terence P. Fletcher.
St. John's, Nfld. : Geological Survey Newfoundland and Labrador, 2006.
P 75B/6 q FLE



Flora algarum marinarum sinicarum. Tomus V, Bacillariophyta. No. 3, Pennatae 2 : Naviculales : Naviculaceae, Cymbellaceae, Auriculaceae, Gomphonemaceae
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2013.


A photographic guide to the grasses, sedges and rushes of Wanstead Flats and Bush Wood on the southern edge of Epping Forest : with several additional species from nearby localities / by Fred Wanless
[London] : Fred Wanless, 2013.


Flora of Gangotri National Park, Western Himalaya, India / P.K. Pusalkar & D.K. Singh.
Salt Lake City, India : Botanic Survey of India, 2012.
B 581.9(54:235) PUS Q


Balsaminaceae of China / Sheng-Xiang Yu
Beijing: Peking University Press, 2012.
B 582.4P38 YU


Old and new South American botanical art : Mutis & Shirley Sherwood collections / M. Pilar de San Pío Aladrén, Shirley Sherwood.
Madrid : Real Jardín Botánico,CSIC, 2010.
B 7.043 SAN Q


L'herbier des explorateurs : sur les traces de Théophraste, Jussieu, La Pérouse, Darwin, Livingstone, Monod... / raconté par Florence Thinard ; photographies Yannick Fourié
Toulouse : Plume de carotte, 2012.
B 93 THI F



Insect viruses : detection, characterization and roles / Christopher I. [i.e. J.] Connell and Dominick P. Ralston (eds.)
New York : Nova Biomedical Books, 2009.
E 14 o CON


Auf Expedition in Afghanistan : ein Insektenforscher erzählt von seinen Reisen (1957-1971) / Günter Ebert ; herausgegeben vom Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein Karlsruhe e.V. ; Schriftleitung, Robert Trusch.
Keltern : Kommissionsverlag Goecke & Evers, 2010.
E 73F o EBE


Illustrated key to the longhorned woodboring beetles of the Eastern United States / Steven W. Lingafelter.
North Potomac, MD : Coleopterists Society ; Nevada City, CA : Lectra Media, 2007.


Ravageurs des Vegetaux d'Ornement : Arbes, arbustes, fleurs / David V. Alford, transl. Mickaël Legrand
Versailles Cedex : Éditions Quae, 2013.



The biology of peatlands / Håkan Rydin and John K. Jeglum ; with contributions from Keith D. Bennett ... [et al.]
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
L 10E o RYD


Everglades wildguide : the natural history of Everglades National Park, Florida / by Jean Craighead George ; illustrations by Betty Fraser ; produced by the Division of Publications, National Park Service.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1988.
L 75C o GEO


Bases ecológicas para um desenvolvimento sustentável : [estudos de caso em Penha, SC] / organizadores, Joaquim Olinto Branco, Adriano W.C. Marenzi.
Itajaí, Santa Catarina, [Brazil] : UNIVALI, 2006.
L 76D q BAS


JP Tower Museum : Intermediatheque / [Yoshiaki Nishino ; Shinichi Nabekura]
Tokyo : Intermediatheque (IMT), 2013.
L 85 q INT


The sociable sciences : Darwin and his contemporaries in Chile / Patience A. Schell
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.


Rekordy zhivotnykh : entsiklopediia / Mark Karvardin.
Moskva : "Martin", 2011.


Ornithology (Tring)

Bird populations / by Ian Newton.
London : Collins, 2013.


The birds of Ireland : a field guide / Jim Wilson, Mark Carmody.
Cork : The Collins Press, 2013.


California condors in the Pacific Northwest / Jesse D'Elia, and Susan M. Haig ; illustrations by Ram Papish, foreword by Noel Snyder .
Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2013.


Cerulean blues : a personal search for a vanishing  songbird / Katie Fallon.
Washington, DC : Ruka Press, 2011.


RSPB complete birds of Britain and Europe / Rob Hume.
London : Dorling Kindersley, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 72 HUM                     


The social life of greylag geese : patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system / ed. by Isabella B.R. Scheiber ... [et al.].
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 10 SCH                     



Corals of Florida and the Caribbean / George F. Warner
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012.
Z 45B o WAR


The lion and the giraffe : a naturalist's life in the movie business / by Jack Couffer
Albany, Ga. : Bearmanor Media, 2010.
Z 96A o COU


Taiwan dan shui yu lei hong pi shu = Red Data Book of Freshwater Fishes in Taiwan / zhu bian Zeng Qingxian, Chen Yixiong, Shao Guangzhao, Weng Jiajun ; zuo zhe Chen Yixiong, Zeng Qingxian, Shao Guangzhao
Tainan Shi : Taijiang guo jia gong yuan guan li, 2011.


Taijiang yu zong : Taijiang yu lei tu jian ji chui diao sheng tai dao lan = A field guide to the fish of Taijiang National Park / Chen Yuyun zhuan wen
Tainan Shi : Taijiang guo jia gong yuan guan li, 2011.


Field guide to fishes of the Chesapeake Bay / Edward O. Murdy and John A. Musick ; illustrated by Val Kells
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


Marine mammal species of India / E. Vivekanandan, R. Jeyabaskaran.
Kochi : Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 2012.


Amphibians and reptiles of Northeast India : a photographic guide / M. Firoz Ahmed, Abhijit Das, S. K. Dutta
Guwahati : Aaranyak, 2009.


Hainan liang qi pa xing dong wu zhi / Shi Haitao, Zhao Ermi, Wang Lijung deng bian zhu
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2011.


Amphibians and reptiles of Gansu / Yong Yaochong
: Gansu Science and Technology, 2012.


The turtles of Mexico : land and freshwater forms / John M. Legler and Richard C. Vogt
Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 2013.


Amphibians and reptiles of San Luis Potosí / Julio A. Lemos Espinal, James R. Dixon
Eagle Mountain, Utah : Eagle Mountain Publishing, 2013.


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I had my first experience of an afterhours Night Safari event at the Natural History Museum on 17th September. It was a first time outing for the crack girl team of myself, Pip Brewer (Curator of Fossil Mammals), Karolyn Shindler (Dorothea Bate's Biographer) and Miss Dorothea Bate (Palaeontologist and all round gem).

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We were asked to provide a display of manuscript and published material with specimens to illustrate the talk being given by Karolyn as part of the evening events. It is always a pleasure to bring together the paper collections and scientific specimens, allowing Dorothea's story to be told in the best way, with original material created by her and discovered by her.




Right: Hellen Sharman and Karolyn Shindler


Below: Pip Brewer




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What a great experience and throughout the evening we met and spoke to a lovely mix of people. Always a priviledge to talk about our collections and what we do in the Library & Archives.


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 global history of paleopathology : pioneers and prospects / Jane E. Buikstra & Charlotte A. Roberts (eds.)
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
A 6A o BUI




Tropical geomorphology / Avijit Gupta
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
P 13 o GUP


Revolutions that made the Earth / Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
P 15A o LEN



England's rare mosses & liverworts : their history, ecology, and conservation / Ron D. Porley.
Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2013.


O Táxon Aeschynomene no Brasil / Afrânio Fernandes.
The taxa Aeschynomene in Brazil
Fortaleza : EUFC, 1996.
B 582.4P57 FER


Glistening carnivores : the sticky-leaved insect-eating plants / Stewart McPherson
Poole : Redfern Natural History Productions, 2008.
B 581.137 MCP


Lichen flora of Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, West Bengal / T.A.M. Jagadeesh Ram, G.P. Sinha, K.P. Singh.
Dehradun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2012.


Zhujiang shuixi dongjiang liuyu diqi guizao tuji
Atlas of benthic diatom in Pearl River system and Dongjiang River Basin
[China]: China Environmental Science Press, 2013.
DIATOMS 582.261(51) LIU



Lepidópteros de importância médica : principais espécies no Rio Grande do Sul / Alexandre Specht, Elio Corseuil, Hudson Barreto Abella (org.)
Pelotas, RS : USEB, 2008.
E 69 o SPE


Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada : (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae, Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae) / Shawn M. Clark ... [et al.]
Sacramento, CA : Coleopterists Society, 2004.


World catalogue of insects. Volume 11, Notodontidae & Oenosandridae (Lepidoptera) / by Alexander Schintlmeister
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.


Guide to the butterflies of the Palearctic Region : Pieridae. Part I, subfamily Pierinae, tribe Pierini (partim) / C. Della Bruna, E. Gallo, V. Sbordoni.
Milano : Omnes Artes, 2013



Evolution / Douglas J. Futuyma
Sunderland, Massachusetts : Sinauer Associates, 2013.
L 9D q EVO


Voyages / William Bartram ; édition naturaliste établie par Fabienne Raphoz.
[Paris] : Corti, 2013.
L 75C o BAR


Fernando de Noronha: Ilhas oceânicas = ocean islands / Nícia Guerriero.
São Paulo : N. Guerriero., 2002.
L 76D q GUE


Creating the Digital Art Library, 2013 Edition / Primary Research Group
[New York] : Primary Research Group, 2013
L 93B q PRI


Women of Moray : [a celebration of the women of Moray and their contribution to history] / editors, Susan Bennett ... [et al.] ; with contributions by the editors and Richard Bennett... [et al].
Edinburgh : Luath Press, 2012.
L 96 o WOM


Near-Earth objects : finding them before they find us / Donald K. Yeomans.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013.
M 523.681 YEO


Terraviva : vulcani e terremoti nelle fotografie delle collezioni Alinari / a cura di Calvino Gasparini.
Firenze : Alinari, c2004.
M 551.21(45) TER



Pearls / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson with Hubert Bari.
London : V&A Publishing, 2013.
Z 35B o CHA


The fauna of fishes in Tianjin / by Li Mingde
Tianjin Science and Technology Press, 2011


Taiwan dan shui ji he kou yu lei zhi / Chen Yixiong, Fang Lixing zhu = The freshwater and estuarine fishes of Taiwan / [by] I-Shiung Chen and Lee-Shing Fang.
Pingdong Xian : Guo li hai yang sheng wu bo wu guan chou bei chu = National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Minguo 88 [1999]


The nine-banded armadillo : a natural history / W.J. Loughry and Colleen M. McDonough
Norman, [Oklahoma] : University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.


Os golfinhos de Noronha= The dolphins of Noronha / textos e fotos, José Martins da Silva Júnior
São Paulo, [Brazil] : Bambu, 2010


The crocodiles of Sri Lanka : including archaeology, history, folklore, traditional medicine, human-crocodile conflict and a bibliography of the literature on crocodiles of Sri Lanka / Anslem de Silva
[Gampola, Sri Lanka?] : published by the author, 2013.


Zi ran sheng huo ji qu : tai wan she lei te ji = Snakes of Taiwan / [photography by] Jiang Zhi Wei, Zeng Zhiming
Tai zhong shi [Municipality, Taiwan] : Yin fei na ti = India Feina ti international boutique Ltd., 2013


Guangdong liang qi dong wu he pa xing dong wu = Amphibians and reptiles of Guangdong / Li Zhenchang, Xiao Zhi, Liu Shaorong bian zhu.
Guangzhou Shi : Guangdong ke ji chu ban she, 2011.


Field guide to amphibians and reptiles of California / Robert C. Stebbins and Samuel M. McGinnis
Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 2012.

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