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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





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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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



Randomness in evolution / John Tyler Bonner.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013.

L 9D o BON


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


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


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


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


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



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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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






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


The proceedure is as follows:


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


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




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


The yellow discolouration faded and the dirt was removed.


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




by Konstantina Konstantinidou (Paper Conservator)


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

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


Anthropology / Palaeontology








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

[Beijing] : China Scientific Book Services, 2012.

P 20e q YAN



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

[Beijing] : China Scientific Book Services, 2012.

P 22 q YAN





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

Palermo : OPTIMA, 2013.

B 58:063.1 OPT


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

Strasbourg : Council of Europe Publishing, 2013.

B 632.51 HEY


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

[Greece : EPSO], 2013.

B 58:061.3 EPS Q


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

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



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

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

B 581.9(931) CHA





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

[Tokyo] : Gakken Education Publishing, 2013.

E 73I q KIS Vol. 3


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

[Tokyo] : Gakken Education Publishing, 2013.

E 73I q KIS Vol. 4


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

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



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

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






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

[London] : The Stationery Office, 2013.

L 72Aa q GRE


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

New York ; London : Doubleday, 2013.

L 74L o DUC


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

Chicago : Field Museum of Natural History, 2010.

L 76I q GIL


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

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

L 76I q PIT


Survey of best practices in digital image management

New York : Primary Research Group, 2013.

L 93B q PRI


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

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






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

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

M 54.022 BRE


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

London : The Geological Society, 2013.

M 549(02) DEE


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

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

M 553 CHR



Ornithology (Tring)


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

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

ORNITHOLOGY 75E GAL                    


Bird's nests of the world / Suzuki Mamoru.

California : Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology,  2012.

EGG SUZ                                


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

Copenhagen : Danish Polar Center, 2007.

ORNITHOLOGY 71 MEL                     


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

London : New Holland, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 73F GRE                    


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

Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A LIG                    





Cattle : history, myth, art / Catherine Johns

London : British Museum, 2011.

Z 3A o JOH


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

London, UK : British Museum Press, 2013.

Z 3A o WRI


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

Curitiba : Instituto Ambiental do Paraná, 2007.

Z 10J o INS


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

Belo Horizonte : Fundação Biodiversitas, 2005.

Z 10J o MAC


Manual prático do pescador / Irineu Fabichak

São Paulo : Livraria Nobel, 1973

Z 22 o FAB


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

Amphibian and Reptile Research Organisation of Sri Lanka, 2010.

Z 73F q DES


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

Amphibian and Reptile Research Organisation of Sri Lanka, 2010.

Z 73F q DES


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

Belo Horizonte, Brazil : Editora Itatiaia Limitada, 1982

Z 86D o SAN


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

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



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

[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!






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 : 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.


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 Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Yaʻaqov. Volume 2, Ancient flames and controlled use of fire / Nira Alperson-Afil, Naama Goren-Inbar
Dodrecht ; London : Springer, 2010 [2012 printing].
A 6 q GOR




In pursuit of early mammals / Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2013
P 17 q KIE


Amazing amber / Andrew Ross and Alison Sheridan ; with photographs by Neil McLean and Bill Crighton.
Edinburgh : National Museums Scotland, 2013.
P 50 o ROS



Lumoava metsäpuisto : Arboretum Mustila / [projektinjohto, Kristian Theqvist ; tekstit, Marjatta Laine ... [et al.]]
[Enchanting forest park : Arboretum Mustila]
[Elimaki, Finland] : Arboretum Mustila, 2010.
B 58.006 MUS


<Jatropha> (Euphorbiaceae) / Bijan Dehgan.
Flora neotropica ; monograph no. 110.
Bronx : Published for the Organization for Flora Neotropica by the New York Botanical Garden Press, 2012.
B 581.9(7/8) OFN


Jardin d'Hiver : Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques / Ville de Genève
[S.l. : s.n.], 1998.
58.006 GEN


CITES and cacti : a user's guide / Maurizio Sajeva, H. Noel McGough ... Maurice Tse-Laurence, Catherine Rutherford ... [et al.]
Richmond : Kew, 2012.
B 582.4P78 SAT Q


Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country / Ian Trueman, Mike Poulton and Paul Reade ; with chapters edited by David Antrobus ... [et al.]
Newbury: Pisces Publications, 2013.
BRITISH HERBARIUM 581.9(410:37-39) TRU Q


Plant roots : the hidden half / edited by Amram Eshel, Tom Beeckman
4th ed.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2013.
B 581.43 ROO Q



Ladybirds / Helen E. Roy ... [et al.] ; S.A. Corbet (series ed.)
Exeter : Pelagic Publishing, 2012.
E 72a o COR


Hémiptères Pentatomoidea euro-méditerranéens. Volume 2, Systématique, deuxième partie, sous-famille Pentatominae (suite et fin) / par Jordi Ribes et Santiago Pagola-Carte.
Paris : Fédération française des sociétés de sciences naturelles, 2013
E 72G o FAU


A photographic guide to the grasshoppers & crickets of Britain & Ireland / Martin Evans, Roger Edmondson
[Great Britain] : WGUK, 2007.


The butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) of  Eastern Turan, Tarbagatai, Saur and south-Western Altai. Vol. 1, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Satyridae/ by Sergei A. Toropov & Alexander B. Zhdanko.
Bishkek, [Kyrgyz Republic : Satento], 2013.


The Parnassiinae of the world. Part 5, [Errata and Addendum] / Klaus Rose & Jean-Claude Weiss
Keltern : Verlag Goecke & Evers, 2011.



On evolution / John C. Avise.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
L 9D o AVI


Industry of nature : another approach to ecology / directed by Élodie Ternaux (matériO) ; [contributing authors, Élodie Ternaux, Michèle Ternaux, Jean-Pierre Ternaux]
Amsterdam : Frame Publishers, 2012.
L 65C q TER


African ecology : benchmarks and historical perspectives / Clive A. Spinage.
Heidelberg ; London : Springer, 2012.
L 74 o SPI


Assateague Island : a guide to Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia / produced by the Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Washington, D.C. : The Division : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1985]
L 75C o ASS


Fatal revolutions : natural history, West Indian slavery, and the routes of American literature / Christopher P. Iannini.
Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, c2012.
L 75F o IAN


Digital technologies and the museum experience : handheld guides and other media / edited by Loïc Tallon and Kevin Walker.
Lanham : AltaMira Press, c2008.
L 84 o DIG


Recoding the museum : digital heritage and the technologies of change / Ross Parry.
London : Routledge, 2007.
L 84 o PAR


Theorizing digital cultural heritage : a critical discourse / edited by Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2007.
L 93B o THE


Heart of the hero : the remarkable women who inspired the great polar explorers / Kari Herbert ; foreword by Jon Bowermaster

Glasgow : Saraband, [2013].

L 96 o HER




Metasomatism and the chemical transformation of rock : the role of fluids in terrestrial and extraterrestrial processes / Daniel E. Harlov, Håkon Austrheim [editors]
Berlin : Springer, [2012], c2013.
M 553.22 MET



Chordata : manual para um curso pratico / Elizabeth Hofling ... [et al.].
São Paulo : EDUSP, 1995.
Z 16 q CHO


Gidroakusticheskiĭ uchet resursov baĭkalʹskogo omulia / otvetstvennye redaktory, V.I. Kudriavtsev, E. V. Dziuba ;[avtory, N.G. Melʹnik ...[et al.]
Novosibirsk : Nauka, 2009.
Z 73A q GID


Peixes da água doce : (vida e costumes dos peixes do Brasil) / Eurico Santos ; [desenhos, Ruth Doris Secchin ... [et al.]].
Belo Horizonte : Editora Itatiaia, 1981.
Z 76D o SAN


Guía de invertebrados marinos del litoral Valdiviano = Guide to marine invertebrates of Valdivia / Carolina Zagal R., Consuelo Hermosilla C. ; fotografías de Alejandro Riedemann H.
Santiago de Chile : [s.n.], 2001.
Z 76G o ZAG


Sharks of the world : a fully illustrated guide / David A. Ebert, Sarah Fowler and Leonard Compagno
Plymouth : Wild Nature Press, 2013.


Guia para identificação de tubarões e raias do Rio de Janeiro / Ulisses Leite Gomes ... [et al.].
Rio de Janeiro : Technical Books Editora, 2010.


The mammals of Derbyshire / David Mallon, Debbie Alston, Derek Whiteley
[Chesterfield] : Derbyshire Mammal Group ; Sorby Natural History Society, 2013.


Santuário de Baleias No Sul do Brasil = Wales Sanctuary in Southern Brazil / José Truda Palazzo Jr., Paulo André Flores, Carlito Ferreira
Letras Brasileiras, 2001


Fauna of India and the adjacent countries. Acanthocephala / K. Vanamala Naidu.
Kolkata : Publication Division, Zoological Survey of India, 2012.


The Library catalogue is available online at

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


Anthropology / Palaeontology



Stone age Nottinghamshire / David Budge and Chris Robinson.
Nottingham : Nottinghamshire County Council, 2011.
A 3 q BUD


The paleobiology of <Australopithecus> : contributions from the Fourth Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, Diversity in <Australopithecus> : Tracking the First Bipeds, September 25-28, 2007 / edited by Kaye E. Reed, John G. Fleagle, Richard E. Leakey.
Dordrecht : Springer, c2013.
A 6 q STO




South American and Antarctic continental Cenozoic birds : paleobiogeographic affinities and disparities / Claudia P. Tambussi, Federico J. Degrange.
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, c2013.
P 18 o TAM


Tyrannosaurid paleobiology / edited by J. Michael Parrish, Ralph E. Molnar, Philip J. Currie, and Eva B. Koppelhus
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013.
P 20e q TYR


Geology of the Jurassic Coast. The Red Coast revealed : Exmouth to Lyme Regis / Richard A. Edwards.
Wareham : Coastal Pub., 2008 (2013 printing)
P 72Aa/11 o EDW



A century of West Himalayan orchids / H. J. Chowdhery & D. K. Agrawala.
Dehra Dun, India : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2013.
B 582.4P169 CHO


The Flora of Qatar. Volume 1, The Dicotyledons / Ekhlas M.M. Abde Bary
Doha : Qatar University, 2013.
B 581.9(536) BAR Q


The Flora of Qatar. Volume 2, The Monocotyledons / Ekhlas M.M. Abdel Bary
Doha : Qatar University, 2013.
B 581.9(536) BAR Q


Dinofitovye Vodorosli (Dinophyta) / G. V. Konovalova, M. S. Selina, A. V. Arianov (ed.)
Vladivostok : Dalnauka, 2010.
ALGAE 582.26(265) KON


Die Flechten Deutschlands / Volkmar Wirth, Markus Hauck & Matthias Schultz.

Stuttgart : Ulmer, 2013.


Pollen biology, biodiversity and climate change / edited by A.J. Solomon Raju
New Delhi : Today & Tomorrow's, 2013.




Conservation assessment of butterflies of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland : red list and atlas / edited by S. Mecenero ... [et al.].
Johannesburg : Saftronics (Pty) Ltd. and the Animal Demography Unit, 2013.


Functional and evolutionary ecology of fleas : a model for ecological parasitology / Boris R. Krasnov
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.


International Symposium on Zygaenidae XIII, 16-23 September 2012, 11. Innsbrucker Lepidopterologengespräch
Innsbruck, Austria : Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, 2012.




Deep history : the architecture of past and present / Andrew Shryock and Daniel Lord Smail ; with Timothy Earle ... [et. al.]
Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2011.
L 2 o SHR


Shaking the foundation : Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution / Sylvia A. Johnson
Minneapolis, Minn. : Twenty-First Century Books, c2013.
L 9E o JOH


The islands of Kagoshima : culture, society, industry and nature / edited by Kei Kawai, Ryuta Terada and Sueo Kuwahara.
Kagoshima City, Japan : Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands, 2013.
L 73I o ISL


Areias do Albardão : um guia ecológico ilustrado do litoral no extremo sul do Brasil / Ulrich Seeliger, César Cordazzo, Lauro Barcellos
Rio Grande : Editora Ecoscientia, 2004.
L 76D o SEE


The photograph and the collection : create, preserve, analyze, present / edited by Graeme Farnell
Edinburgh : MuseumsEtc, 2013.
L 83 o PHO


New heritage : new media and cultural heritage / edited by Yehuda E. Kalay, Thomas Kvan & Janice Affleck.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
L 84 o NEW


1740, un abrégé du monde : savoirs et collections autour de Dezallier d'Argenville / sous la direction de Anne Lafont ; contributions de Nebahat Avcıoğlu [and 19 others].
Lyon : Fage éditions, 2012
L 85 o COL


Bioluminescence : living lights, lights for living / Thérèse Wilson, J. Woodland Hastings
Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2013.
L 87 o WIL


Alfred Russel Wallace : explorer, evolutionist, public intellectual : a thinker for our own times? / Ted Benton
Manchester : Siri Scientific Press, 2013
L 96A o WAL


A companion to the history of the book / edited by Simon Eliot & Jonathan Rose.
Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.


The coming of the book : the impact of printing, 1450-1800 / Lucien Febvre, Henri-Jean Martin ; translated [from the French] by David Gerard ; edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and David Wootton.
London : Verso, 2010.


Encyclopedia of the book / by Geoffrey Ashall Glaister.
New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press ; London : British Library, 1996 (2001 printing)





What's Hot in Munich 2012 : African secrets [DVD] / Blue Cap Productions.
Marina Del Ray : BlueCap Productions, 2013.
M CD-ROM 061.3 MUN




Ornithology (Tring)


Birds and people / Mark Cocker ; illustrated by David Tipling.
London : Jonathan Cape, 2013.


Federleicht und Daunenweich : die Vogelfeder im Spiegel von Wissenschaft und Kultur / Text und wissenschaftl. Zeichnungen von Toni Bürgin ; Fotogr. von Jonas Kuhn. [Lightweight and soft down : the bird's feather in the mirror of science and culture.]
St. Gallen : Kommissionsverlag der VGS, Verlagsgemeinschaft St. Gallen ; [Affoltern a.A.] : [Auslfg. durch AVA], 2006.


Penguins : their world, their ways / Tui de Roy.
London : Christopher Helm, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(1) ROY                  




Crocodile / Dan Wylie.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 20A o WYL


Spuren entdecken : Säugetiere in Norddeutschland / Stephan Janzen
Neumünster : Wachholtz, 2009.


European bison: the nature monograph / Małgorzata Krasińska, Zbigniew A. Krasiński
Heidelberg ; London : Springer, 2013.


Guide to marine mammals of Alaska / by Kate Wynne ; illustrated by Pieter Folkens.
Fairbanks, Alaska : Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2012.


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.


Reptiles and amphibians of the Pacific Islands : a comprehensive guide / George R. Zug.
Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 2013


James Hodgkin: Library Services Manager

James and Megatherium.jpg


How long have you worked at the NHM?

8 years

What were you doing before you came here?

My first library job was at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) which was a fascinating mix of nationalities and subjects. That persuaded me to be a librarian so I got a qualification from Loughborough University. My job before NHM was at Oxford University, English Faculty Library. Oxford was a wonderful place to work and live, but I don’t remember getting paid very much. I guess you were privileged to work there and competition for jobs was huge.

What does your average day look like?

I don’t have average days anymore. Since I became a “manager”, anything can be thrown at me and the day job will be working on various projects. This is really interesting and pushes me to keep learning. It is not the usual museum library because of the quantity and quality of the NHM’s scientific research. We are undoubtedly playing catch up but the areas we are developing have far more in common with the university sector. I look after customer services and this also means our external users. We have been getting busier over the last 5 years which is great and it is fascinating to see the variety of visitors from all over the world coming to use our unique collections. We are regarded as a national collection as well as a local library supporting NHM research – this can be a tricky balance to maintain!



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

I don’t really have much to do with the collections anymore which is a shame so all my favourites will come from my time as an Earth Sciences Librarian. I have a soft spot for William Buckland: a fascinating and slightly bonkers contradiction of a man whose work supported the theory of a biblical flood but was also quite ground breaking in hinting at modern developments in geology and palaeontology. Check out the background image on our twitter page – a beautiful fold-out from Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1836).

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

Place = Top of the main staircase next to the Giant Sequoia. Object = I love some of the retro galleries like Human Biology. It was a totally different way of designing museum galleries (no specimens!). I think we are moving towards more science and collections on public display which is great. The Polar Bear is my favourite object – huge paws.

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

A duck. I love being on or around rivers and canals, they can walk, swim and fly plus they are smart enough to be tame and get fed by humans. Am I also allowed to say they taste good?


Our version of a British institution with a natural history twist - what would you pick?


Edd Bagenal: Internet Archive Digitisation Technician


You are marooned on a desert island and are allowed to take 8 flora and fauna with you. Which ones would you select and why?




Chickens- for roasting and egg laying.

Humming birds- they are probably the best animal.

Seahorses- because they are so relaxed.

Bees- to sweeten my time there.




Tobacco- because what else are you gonna put in your pipe whilst contemplating your existence?

Jasmine- to go with the bees.

Spinach- to keep me strong.

Bamboo- nature's gift to human ingenuity.


You are rescued, but can only take one back with you. Which one would it be and why?


Humming birds. They have a lot to offer aesthetically.


You can take one item from the L&A collections with you, what would it be and why?


Audubon's The Birds of America. I don't think I could ever get bored of them.


You can have one luxury with you on the island what would it be?


A pencil and endless paper. I would never be bored with those.


Anthracothorax nigricollis, black-throated mango Plate 184 from John James Audubon's Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1831-34), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London. NHM Image Ref: 003184


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Konstantina (Tina) Konstantinidou joined us as Paper Conservator on 5th August and has well and truly hit the ground running.




As well as getting to grips with all the projects that are in the pipeline for her, she has been working hard to become familar with some of the collections that she will be working with and meeting her colleagues in the Library & Archives team.



Tina joins us from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) where she worked on various short projects covering a period of three years. Previous to this she worked at a facinating variety of other organisations such as The National Trust, All Souls College, Oxford and Regent's Park College, Oxford.



When I caught up with her she was working on a enchanting volume of 19th Century chinese watercolours from our Reeve's collection, that had become weakened and fragile. Using japanese tissue Tina is repairing each individual piece in a non invasive way, ensuring that any work done can be reversed at a later date, if required.








Tina Konstantinidou changing Audubon display.jpg

Originally Tina studied English Literature and Humanities at Birkbeck, during which time she used the collections at the British Library a great deal. It was during this time that she became fascinated by their special collections and particularly old books. Here began her interest in, and subsequently her career in Paper Conservation, where she has found her interest in art, science and her craft skills, to be the perfect receipe for success!


Like many, prior to joining our team, Tina admits to not realising the extent of the art collections held by the NHM Library & Archives. Now that she has had a chance to see for herself the full extent of what we do hold, she is keen to get involved!

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