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Entomology Artwork

Artwork illustrating the work of the Museum’s entomological staff and specimen collections, largely taking the form of linework in pen and ink. All major groups of insects are depicted in the collection, with Diptera, Coleoptera and Hemiptera being particularly well represented, covering different parts of the world from Patagonia and South Chile, Samoa, India, Ethiopia, southwest Arabia and the Seychelles.

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George Robert Milne Murray Papers

George Robert Milne Murray, Keeper of Botany at the British Museum (Natural History), took part in several scientific expeditions including the Discovery Expedition (officially the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904) led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Murray served as temporary Scientific Director on the voyage from Gravesend to Cape Town, organizing scientific work, provision of stores and apparatus. He also contributed to and edited the ‘Antarctic Manual’, the published guide for staff and scientists on the expedition. The collection contains correspondence and sketches related to the expedition, together with papers relating to the Antarctic Manual.

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Museum at War

This collection is comprised of ephemera relating to the contribution of the British Museum (Natural History) to the First and Second World Wars. First World War letters and memorandums contain information regarding the Natural History Museum Division of the 31st London Voluntary Aid Detachment, staff involvement in the conflict and discussion over the requisition of the Museum for the war effort. The Second World War series contains wartime publications and material relating to the Museum’s role as an air raid shelter, the evacuation of collections outside of London, and staff wartime casualties. Wartime material can also be found in our photograph collection and within the records of Administrative and Scientific Departments.

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Importation of Plumage (Prohibition) Act – the campaign to end the plumage trade

Records within this series document the Natural History Museum’s historic involvement in campaigning to protect wild birds. Spanning half a century, from the 1880s to the 1940s, Museum scientists have collated examples of legislation, efforts and barriers to protecting bird across what were then British territories; act as advisors in the lengthy campaign to end the Plumage Trade, which supplied milliners with feathers for use in fashionable hats; and details the beginnings of Nature Reserves in the U

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Tring Museum Photographs

Tring Museum was opened in 1892 by zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild (2nd Baron Rothschild) to house and exhibition his vast personal collection of zoological specimens. Upon his death in 1937, he bequeathed Tring Museum to the British Museum (Natural History). This collection includes photographs of Walter Rothschild and his early collections, specimens on display and exhibition galleries at Tring Museum, the Museum’s buildings, and postcards. The papers of Tring Museum and Walter Rothschild are also held by the Natural History Museum Archives.

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