Publications, articles and bibliographies

Visit our bibliographies for subject-specific guidance, or browse articles and books about the history of the Museum.


  • General histories PDF (35.2 KB)
    Publications focusing on the collections, departments and people of the Natural History Museum.
  • Archive/Library collection sources PDF (9.0 KB)
    Guides and catalogues relating to the Museum Archive and Library collections.
  • Architecture bibliography PDF (13.7 KB)
    Drawings, photographs and documents tracing the work of Alfred Waterhouse and Richard Owen in planning and building the Natural History Museum.
Terracotta balustrade at the Museum.

Terracotta balustrade at the Museum. Photo by David A. Smith, 2012.

Recent articles by Archives staff

Museum staff posing for a photograph at the New Year's Day dance in 1927.

New Year's Day dance at the Museum in 1927.

Museum telephonist, 1933.
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Chimpanzee skeleton, 1907.
Museum Archives catalogue

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Books about the Museum

Museum Through a Lens
Museum Through a Lens

A collection of stunning black and white photographs from the Museum Archives.

Dippy: the Tale of a Museum Icon
Dippy: the Tale of a Museum Icon

Meet Dippy, one of the Museum's most famous dinosaur models.

The Natural History Museum at South Kensington, by William T Stearn
The Natural History Museum at South Kensington

The fascinating story of one of Britain's best loved museums.

John Reeves illustration
Library and Archives blog

Catch up with the latest news and events from the Library and Archives.