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The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors during Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2011.


The staff will be working away behind the scenes, conducting a stock audit.







Professor Kapil Raj of the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS),

is an eminent historian of intercultural encounters and the making of modern science. He has been conducting a three month review of South Asian natural history drawing collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, (NHM), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK) and the British Library (BL) as part of The World Collections Programme (WCP) funded project, Wallich and Indian Natural History.







Judith Magee (Special Collections Curator), Prof. Kapil Raj and Julie Harvey (Centre Manager, CAHR)


Wallich and Indian Natural History focuses on the dispersed collections of Nathaniel Wallich (1785–1854), Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanical Garden for the East India Company from 1817 to 1846. Through research and digitisation, the project reunites Wallich’s dispersed collections from the holdings of the project partners. A significant strand of project activity is the survey of collateral South Asian natural history drawing collections held at the partner institutions.


Hosted by the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR) Kapil has worked with the Library Special Collections Curator and Library staff to study key botanical and zoological watercolour collections from 1690-1900. Assessing and quantifying the richness and inter-connectivity of these historically and scientifically important collections, Kapil has identified many individual artworks and collections for further research.

These works represent the desire of private individuals and of the East India Company to collect, classify and exploit the natural resources of the region.








The South Asian natural history collections housed in the NHM Library are rich and diverse in content. Each collection has a unique and fascinating history which encompasses its creation, the artists and their methodologies, subsequent ownership, use and exploitation, curatorial methods and conservation.

Through the survey, Kapil has been fascinated to discover the range of subjects depicted: not only flora and fauna, but insects and fish - a very comprehensive natural history of South Asia, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. This is important not only for the history of science and art, but also of cultural encounters.
















                                   Hortus Malabaricus



A significant highlight is a Banksian manuscript containing 228 watercolour drawings: Hortus Malabaricus. A beautiful eighteenth century Portuguese text depicting Indian plants and their medicinal properties with recipes for curing various ailments. It was given the title Hortus Malabaricus by museum curators; the true title, ‘Declaracao da aruores...Plantas’ and the rest of the text will be translated from Portuguese to enable a better understanding of this intriguing manuscript.


A volume from the Sykes collection


The William Sykes material discovered in the Library Special Collections contains beautiful illustrations and fascinating insights into the history of agriculture in India.



An exxample of two pages from the Sykes collection


William Sykes (1790-1872) had a successful career in the East India Company army: arriving in India in 1804, and rising to Lieutenant Colonel by 1831.  In 1824 he was appointed statistical reporter for the Bombay Government, and charged with conducting a statistical survey of the Decan region. Sykes spent seven years travelling through India, observing and collecting information which resulted in a report including information on the flora and fauna of the region, as well as agricultural implements and practices. Travelling with Sykes was a young Bombardier from the Bombay Artillery, Llewellyn Fidlor, who had been assigned to Sykes as his draughtsman and artist. Fidlor produced some beautiful drawings to accompany the report.


These twenty one volumes of text and illustrations form the perfect collection for further work.





Friday night (23rd) was a roaring success for the Museum.


The Science Uncovered event saw the Museum filled with people of all ages up until 11pm. Both our South

Kensington and Tring sites took part. This was part of the European Researchers' Night 2011.


The Library & Archives staff had the opportunity to play their role this year, and what fun we had!


Our team of staff ran tours behind the scenes, in the Central Hall, and in our Images of Nature art gallery at South Kensington. We had a wonderful response from those members of the public who visited both the South Kensington and Tring sites.





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Special collections behind the scenes

Every half an hour between4pm and 9.30pm we gave tours behind the scenes, with a display of nineteen items from our special collections, including the first edition of Darwin's 'On the origin of species' (1859), watercolours by Ferdinand Bauer, an early printed herbal (1491), ephemera relating to travelling menagerie's, and William Hamilton's 'Campi Phlegræi' (1779).


Visitors were given an overview of the items on display, and then our Assistant Librarians picked some of their personal favourites. There was a chance to look closer at the collection and ask lots of questions!





All relaxed in the art gallery

A team of Library staff were ready and waiting for visitors passing through the newest gallery in the NHM, Images of Nature, which opened in January 2011. They mingled with visitors who came with different levels of interest in art, including some who started with no interest in spending time in an art gallery, but who ended up staying and listening intently! There was a really relaxed atmosphere, with people circulating with drinks and nibbles.


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Getting to know illustration at Tring

Our Assistant Librarian at Tring ran six sessions on the theme of natural history Illustration from Gutenberg to the end of the 19th century, featuring material from the extensive Library of Lionel Walter Rothschild, and using the literature of ornithology as examples.




Bringing the building alive


The Archives team gave eight guided tours starting at Dippy's tail at the main entrance, up the stairs past Darwin, along to the Mineralogy Gallery, and finally stopping the giant sequoia at the heady height of the Central Hall. The staff brought the architecture of our fantastic building alive, telling tales about the Museum's history to around eighty people.




Some of the comments from staff involved:


"...I spoke to a couple who were very interested in digitisation, which lead on to BHL, and a discussion about copyright and the unknown future of digital preservation."


" was nice to talk about what we are up to, and many of the visitors said they really appreciated the opportunity."


"...really interesting to hear the different things that the visitors found appealing. For some it was the colours of the Bauer watercolours. Someone else was curious about the reconstructions of the 1950's Parker illustrations of dinosaurs compared to today’s."


" was great to be involved with, but completely exhausting!"


"...lots of my tour attendees said how interesting they found the information I gave them. Many of them were clearly making the most of the event by booking on several tours."


" young couple said the Library visit was 'more interesting than they expected!'"


"...after my talk I was asked by a lady what an average day for me was like in the Library, because it sounded really interesting! I was rather chuffed."



All for free, now there's a bargain! Great work everyone, and thank you all for coming and taking part.


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 



Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England : excavation and survey of a Neolithic monument complex and its surrounding landscape / Roger Mercer and Frances Healy ; with contributions by Michael J. Allen ... [et al.] ; and principal illustrations by Silvia Stevenson and John Borland ; further illustrations by Martin Bell ... [et al.].

Swindon : English Heritage, 2008 [i.e. 2009]

A 2 q HAM Vol. 1

A 2 q HAM Vol. 2



Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo 171, Familia Celastraceae / por María Eugenia Molinia-Paniagua y Francisco G. Lorea-Hernández

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán : Instituto deEcología A.C., Centro Regional del Bajío, 2011.

581.9(79P9) FLO



Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo 170, Familia Viscaceae / por Jerzy Rzedowski y Graciela Calderón de Rzedowski

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán : Instituto deEcología A.C., Centro Regional del Bajío, 2011.

581.9(79P9) FLO



Realizing nature's potential : Proceedings of the William L. Brown Symposium honoring Dr. Gordon Cragg / Bruce E. Ponman and James S. Miller, editors.

St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2011.

615.10 REA



XVIII International Botanical Congress IBC2011, Melbourne, Australia, 23-30 July 2011, Melbourne Congress and Exhibition Centre. Nomenclature Section, 17-22 July 2011, University of Melbourne : Abstract book & CD-ROM

[Melbourne : IBC2011 Organising Committee, 2011].

58:061.3 IBC Q



Zhong guo chang jian dan shui fu you zao lei tu pu / Weng jian zhong, xu heng sheng.

[Atlas of common freshwater planktonic algae in China]

Shang hai : Shang hai ke xue ji zhu chu ban she, 2010.

ALGAE 582.26(28:5) WEN



Helan Shan tai xian zhi wu / Bai Xueliang deng bian zhu.

[Helan Mountain bryophytes]

Yinchuan Shi : [S.l.] Ningxia ren min chu ban she, 2010.




Flora of Australia. Volume 39, Alismatales to Arales / editor : Annette Wilson

Canberra : Australian Biological Resources Study ; Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2011.

581.9(54) FLO



Flora of Ecuador. 225(7), Orchidaceae : Lepanthes and affliates / by Calaway H. Dodson and Carlyle A. Luer

Göteborg : Göteborg University. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, 2011.

581.9(866) FLO



Atlas of European millipedes. Vol.1, orders Polyxenida, Glomerida, Platydesmida, Siphonocryptida, Polyzoniida, Callipodida, Polydesmida / Kime, Richard Desmond

Sofia, Moscow ; Leiden : Pensoft; European Invertebrate Survey, 2011




Illustrated identification guide to adults and larvae of northeastern North American ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) / Bousquet, Yves

Pensoft, 2010




Chironomidae larvae of the Netherlands and adjacent lowlands : Biology and ecology of the Chironomini / Moller Pillot, Henk K. M.

Zeist : KNNV Publishing, 2009




Chironomidae larvae : General ecology and Tanypodinae / Vallenduuk, Henk J

Zeist : KNNV Publishing, 2007




Révision des Anthene africains (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) / Libert, Michel

[Chênée] : Lambillionea; 2010




Les papillons de jour du Maroc : Guide d'identification et de bio-indication/ Tarrier, Michael R

Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft  ; National Museum of Natural History, Sofia ; Bulgarian Academy of Mèze : Biotope, 2008







Darwin's camera : art and photography in the theory of evolution / Phillip Prodger.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

L 9E o PRO



Tropical rainforest responses to climatic change / Mark B. Bush, John R. Flenley, and William D. Gosling (editors)

Berlin ; London : Springer, c2011.

L 10E o BUS



Molekulare Genetik / Rolf Knippers.

Stuttgart : Thieme, 2006

L 10H o KNI



Darwin in Cambridge / John van Wyhe.

Cambridge : Christ's College Cambridge, 2009.




Digital information : order or anarchy? / edited by Hazel Woodward and Lorraine Estelle.

London : Facet Pub., 2010.

L L.C. 681.3 DIG



Scotland's marine atlas : information for the National Marine Plan.

Edinburgh : Scottish Government, 2011.




Ornithology (Tring)



Advanced bird ID handbook: the Western Palearctic: covering all species and subspecies recorded in Britain, Europe, North Africa & the Middle East. / Nils van Duivendijk

London : New Holland, 2011.




Atlas ptica grabljivica Srbije : mape rasprostranjenosti i procene populacija 1977-1996 = Atlas of birds of prey of Serbia : their breeding distribution and abundance 1977-1996 / Slobodan Puzovi*c ; saradnici, Bratislav Gruba*c ... [et al.].

Beograd : Zavod za zaštitu prirode Srbije, 2000.




Birds of Wyoming / [Douglas W. Faulkner].

Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co., c2010.




An examination of reptile and amphibian populations in gardens, the factors influencing garden use and the role of a 'Citizen Science' approach for monitoring their populations within this habitat  / authors Elizabeth Humphreys ... [et al.]

Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology ; 2011.




Footprints on the sands of time : the life of Colonel Harry Morrey Salmon CBE MC DL DSc : eminent Welsh naturalist, conservationist, ornithologist, bird photographer and soldier / by Norman and Hugh Salmon.

Great Britain : N. and H. Salmon, c2011.




Nests : fifty nests and the birds that built them / by Sharon Beals ; introduction by Scott Weidensaul ; foreword by Jack Dumbacher and Maureen Flannery ; illustrations by Laurie Wigham.

San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2011], ©2011.

EGG BEA                    



Obair gun duais? : Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil a' tional ainmean Gàidhlig eun = A thankless task? : Alexander Carmichael as a collector of Gaelic bird names / Tristan Ap Rheinallt.

South Lochs : Islands Book Trust, 2010.




Vogelfedern an Nord- und Ostsee : finden und bestimmen / Hans-Heiner Bergmann

Wiebelsheim: Quelle & Meyer, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY 11 BER                        






Dublin Zoo : an illustrated history / Catherine de Courcy.

Cork : Collins, 2009.

Z 85B o DEC



From the Elementary School to the Academy : a meeting in honour of Kálmán Kittenberger

[S.l.] : OMVK, 2008

Z 96A o KIT



Colombian seashells from the Caribbean Sea / E. Y. Daccarett, Victor Sarmiento Bossio

Ancona : L'Informatore Piceno, 2011





Hooke's microscope.


Although you may not know it, whether walking the streets of London, closing a window in Aberdeen, or sleeping on mattress in Berlin, Robert Hooke (1635-1703) has made your life a little easier. A geometrist, physicist, biologist, artist, inventor and architect, Hooke was a man with considerable talents. In fact, many have called him “England’s Leonardo”.


Born on the Isle of Wight in 1635, Hooke was originally destined to follow his father (a curate) into the church. However, his ongoing ill health led to a change in career plans, and Hooke was able to apply himself more fully to science. Educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, his abilities were soon recognised by a key natural philosopher of the day, Robert Boyle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A louse holding a human hair.Louse book tall.jpg


It was through Boyle’s influence that in 1662 Hooke found a position to both utilise and develop his many talents, as the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society of London. In this role, and a very similar position at Gresham College, Hooke was responsible not just for devising and performing not just experiments, but also any equipment and tests required--keeping a dog alive by blowing through its lungs with bellows or proving the motion of

the Earth were all in a day’s work.


Cork plate.jpg

The first person to recognise and explore cells, Hooke’s interest in the unseen was to lead to the publication of

his book Micrographia­­ in 1665. Micrographia, or the Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies, made by

Magnifying Glasses had an enormous impact both within and beyond the scientific community. Although microscopes and telescopes were used prior to Hooke’s time, his refinements of the compound microscope opened up a whole new world to the scientific eye.

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Micrographia explored these discoveries, in both words and pictures. Hooke’s exceptionally detailed engravings of cell-life were accompanied by a close-up of a fly’s eye, the point of a needle, a flea, and many other tiny life-forms never seen in such detail.



Mould under the microscope.

Mould.jpgSamuel Pepys described it in his diary as “the most ingenious book that ever I read in my life”[2]; The Royal Society states that the observations published “cannot but exceedingly please the curious reader[3]”; even 350 years later it is described as “the most important work on microscopy ever published[4]”.


After the Great Fire of London in 1666 Hooke was made one of the three official surveyors for rebuilding the city, working closely with Sir Christopher Wren to map and redesign damaged areas. The two also worked together in creating the 202ft column (known as the Monument) which doesn’t just commemorate the fire but is also designed to lend itself to a number of scientific experiments.


Hooke’s ability for original thinking was remarkable—his inventions include the sash window, the marine barometer, mattress springs, watch coils, the universal joint. However, it was his pioneering work in microscopy which perhaps stands as his greatest triumph.

                                                                                                   A close-up of a blue fly.

Full fly.jpg






By Sharon Touzel (Assistant Librarian)

[1] Pepys, S. (1665) (accessed 18/9/11)
[2] [Anon]. (1665) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. No.2, 1665. pp.27-32. Royal Society of London:


[3] Watson, W.P. (2011) [Catalogue 17: Science, Medicine, Natural History], pp.50-52. W.P. Watson :London.

[4] Hooke, R. (1665) Micrographia. Jo. Martin & Ja. Allestry : London.


The Natural History Museum is running an European funded event tomorrow called Science Uncovered between 4pm - 11pm.


It is going to be even bigger and brighter than last year. Find out more and book yourself on a tour, including one behind the scenes to the Library. All for free!


Be part of it!


For more information click here


The Library of the NHM at Tring is taking part in Science Uncovered during the evening of Friday 23rd September, from 6pm. The theme of the Library presentation is Natural History Illustration from Gutenberg to the end of the 19th century.  We will be featuring material from the extensive Library of Lionel Walter Rothschild and using the literature of ornithology for our examples.  Tickets for the six sessions (18.15, 18,45, 19.15, 20.15, 20.45, 21.15) are free and will be available on the evening from the Museum shop.  There are plenty of other activities on the night, see the website


In London the Library is hosting a display of its treasures including Charles Darwin's 'On the origin of species' and items from the First Fleet voyage to Australia.  Details of this and other events in South Kensington can be found here


Very exciting news.


The Natural History Museum's first book for the iPad, the 19th-century masterpiece The Birds of America by John James Audubon, is launched today.


Click for more information




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

A geological excursion guide to the North-West Highlands of Scotland / edited by Kathryn M. Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam.

Edinburgh : Edinburgh Geological Society : National Museums Scotland, 2011.

P 72Ab/1 o EDI


Leonard Horner : pioneering reformer / by Patrick O'Farrell

Edinburgh : Heriot-Watt University, 2010

P 92 o HOR


A woodland archaeology : Neolithic sites at Haddenham / by Christopher Evans & Ian Hodder ; with contributions from David Atkinson ... [et al.] ; principal illustrations by Crane Begg, Marc Berger & Andrew Hall.

Cambridge : McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, c2006.

A 3 q EVA


Towards a new Stone Age : aspects of the Neolithic in south-east England / edited by Jonathan Cotton and David Field.

York : Council for British Archaeology, 2004.

A 3 q TOW



Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 2, Dicotyledoneae : Acanthaceae - Asteraceae / Alain Dobignard et Cyrille Chatelain ; avec la collab. de Markus Fischer, Joëlle Orso et Daniel Jeanmonod.

Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, 2011.

581.9(61) DOB Q


Vanilla orchids : natural history and cultivation / Ken Cameron.

Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011.

582.4P169 CAM


Rothmaler - Exkursionsflora von Deutschland : Gefäpflanzen: Grundband / Hrsg. E.J. Jäger

Heidelberg, Neckar : Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 2011.



Trees of tropical Asia : an illustrated guide to diversity / James V. LaFrankie, Jr. ; with illustrations by the author ; supplemented with photographs by other regional biologists.

Philippines : Black Tree Publications, 2010.

581.9(5) LAF


Sravnitel'naia anatomiia semian. Tom 7, Dvudol'nye Lamiidae, Asteridae / redak. A. L. Takhtadzhiana

Comparative anatomy of seeds : Dicotyledons, Lamiidae, Asteridae

Sankt-Peterburg ; Petropoli : Nauka, 2010.

581.48 ANA


Pollination and floral ecology / Pat Willmer.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2011.

581.16 WIL Q


Flora of Iran. No.69, Cistaceae / F. Gholamian

Iran : Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, 2011.

581.9(55) PAR


Manual de plantas de Costa Rica. 5, Dicotiledóneas : (Clusiaceae - Gunneraceae) / B. E. Hammel ... [et al.]

St. Louis, Miss. : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2010.

581.9(79P9.86) MAN Q




The superorganism : the beauty, elegance and strangeness of insect societies / Hölldobler, Bert

New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2009

10G o HOL


Entomología del Parque Nacional Henri Pittier : Aragua, Venezuela / Osuna, Eduardo

Caracas : Fundación Polar, 2000

76B o OSU


Acarorum catalogus. 1, Acariformes: Calyptostomatoidea (Calyptostomatidae), Erythraeoidea (Smarididae, Erythraeidae) / Beron, PetÅ­r

Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft  ; National Museum of Natural History, Sofia ; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2008



Wespen / Witt, Rolf

Oldenburg : Vademecum Verlag, 2009




General Natural History


The factory of life : why soil biodiversity is so important / European Commission, Enivronment.

Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Union, 2010.

L 10E o FAC


A strategy for the National Biodiversity Network 2010-2020 / NBN Trust

Nottingham : The Trust, 2010.

L 65A q NAT


Assessing biodiversity in Europe : the 2010 report / European Environment Agency.

Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Union, 2010.

L 72 q EUR


The science of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition 1910-13 : a report on the Scott Exhibition Research Project of the Natural History Museum and the Scott Polar Research Institute / Beau Riffenburgh


L 80 q RIF


Nature's interpreter : the life and times of Alexander von Humboldt / Donald McCrory.

Cambridge, UK : Lutterworth Press, 2010.

L 96A o HUM


The Times comprehensive atlas of the world. 13th ed.

London : Times Books, 2011.

L REFERENCE N 70 TIM – Straight to shelf; not displayed due to size




Aquatic invertebrates of the Ganga River system / Hasko Nesemann

Kathmandu : H. Nesemann, 2007.

Z 73F q AQU


Compendium of Brazilian sea shells / Eliézer de Carvalho Rios.

Rio Grande : Editora Evangraf, 2009.



Shells of the Hawaiian Islands. The sea shells : the verifiable species and their described variants illustrated by 2828 images on 225 plates / by Mike Severns.

Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2011.



Shells of the Hawaiian Islands. The land shells : the endemic land and freshwater species and their described variants illustrated by 3117 images and 363 maps on 186 plates / by Mike Severns.

Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2011.



A handbook of Indian crocodiles / Madireddi V. Subba Rao

Delhi : B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2011.



Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond
Friday October 28th 2011, Flett Theatre, The Natural History Museum, London, UK


Overview: Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the 43 years he spent working on this extraordinary resource, he anchored our understanding of animal diversity through the published scientific record. No work has equalled it since and it is still in current, and critical, use.


Until now, Sherborn’s contribution has been recognised by professional taxonomists worldwide but he has escaped the celebration of his accomplishment that is his due. We will hold a symposium in his honour in the 150th year of his birth here at the NHM, with an international panel of experts on bibliography and biodiversity bioinformatics, linking a view of the past with an active debate on the future of the related fields.


Note, a recent article in the Telegraph and the NHM house journal evolve begins the celebration of Sherborn in this anniversary year:


For more information please visit the Society for the History of Natural History website.


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


Geological collectors & collecting : History of Geology Group Conference, 4-5 April, 2011, Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London

London : [Hogg : NHM], 2011

P 3 q HIS






Flora fanerogâmica da Ilha do Cardoso. vol.15, Leguminosae, Thymelaeaceae / Editorada por Maria Margarida da Rocha Fiuza de Melo ... [et al.]

São Paulo : Instituto de Botânica, 2010.

581.9(81) FLO


Manm¯o shokubutsu shashin shiry¯o korekushon = Collection of the photographs of plants in the former Manchuria and Mongolia area / by Tadashi Fujio.

Tokyo : University Museum, University of Tokyo, 2007.

581.9(518) FUJ


Catalogue of the type specimens preserved in the herbarium, Department of Botany, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo. Polygonaceae / Chong-Wook Park ... [et al.] = T¯oky¯o Daigaku S¯og¯o Kenky¯u Hakubutsukan shoz¯o shokubutsu taipu hy¯ohon mokuroku. Tade-ka / Boku Chin’iku ... [et al.].

Tokyo : The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, 2011.

58.005 TOK


Diatom flora in springs of Lód*z Hills (Central Poland) : Biodiversity, taxonomy, and temporal changes of epipsammic diatom assemblages in springs affected by human impact / by Joanna ·Zelazna-Wieczorek.

Ruggell, Liechtenstein : A.R.G. Gantner, 2011.



The smallest kingdom : plants and plant collectors at the Cape of Good Hope / Mike and Liz Fraser.

Richmond, Surrey : Kew, 2011.

93(68) FRA Q


Key for the ferns of Russia = Opredelitel' paporotnikov Rossii : 2-e iedanie, pererabotannoe i dopolnennoe / A. I. Shmakov.

2nd ed.

Barnaul : Artika, 2009.

FERNS 582.35(47) SHM


Flora of Iran. No.68, Schrophulariaceae / Sh. Saeidi-Mehrvarz ... [et al.]

Iran : Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, 2011.

581.9(55) PAR




Chinese Lady Beetles (subfamily Coccinellinae) / Yu, Guoyue

[Bei jing] : [Hua xue gong ye chu ban she], 2010



An annotated checklist of the larger moths of Stirlingshire, West Perthshire and Dunbartonshire / Knowler, John T

Glasgow : Glasgow Natural History Society, 2010



Dragonflies of Kent : an account of their biology, history and distribution / Brook, J.

Kent Field Club, 2009



The butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) of Dzhungar, Tien Shan, Alai and Eastern Pamirs Vol.2 / Toropov, S. A.

Bishkek : [Satento], 2009






Monograph of the Gonostomatidae and Kahliellidae (Ciliophora, Hypotricha) / Helmut Berger.

Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2011.

L 7 o MON


The culture of science education : its history in person / edited by Kenneth Tobin, Wolff-Michael Roth.

Rotterdam : Sense Pub., 2007.

L 8 o CUL


Pillars of evolution : fundamental principles of the eco-ecolutionary process / Douglas W. Morris and Per Lundberg.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.

L 10E o MOR


Phylogenetic trees made easy : a how-to manual / Barry G. Hall.

4th ed. Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, c2011.

L 15 o HAL


A new approach to ecological education : engaging students' imaginations in their world / Gillian Judson.

New York : Peter Lang, c2010.

L 66A o JUD


A field guide to the seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean islands / editor, Matthew D. Richmond

[Stockholm] : Sida : WIOMSA, 2011

L 79 o GUI


Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster / David Attenborough.

London : BBC, 2010.

L 96A o ATT





Plates vs. plumes : a geological controversy / Gillian R. Foulger.

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

550.347.6 FOU


The Langesundsfjord : history, geology, pegmatites, minerals / Alf Olav Larsen (ed.).

Salzhemmendorf : Bode, c2010.

(481) LAN


Pierre Bariand : mémoires d'un minéralogiste sans frontières / texte, Pierre Bariand ; photographies, Nelly & Pierre Bariand.

Saint-Julien-du Pinet : les éditions du Piat, [2008]

92 BAR


Ornithology (Tring)

The Black woodpecker: a monograph on <Dryocopus martius> / Gerard Gorman

Barcelona : Lynx, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(6) GOR                     


Kestrels for company / Gordon Riddle

Dunbeath : Whittles, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(1F) RID                    


The Norfolk bird atlas: summer and winter distributions 1999-2007 / Moss Taylor and John H. Marchant

Thetford, Norfolk : BTO, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/9 TAY                    


'Where have all the heads gone?' and other questions from the avian faunal assemblage from Lucera Castle, Italy / by Julie M. Robinson

[Nottingham : University of Nottingham], 2008

ORNITHOLOGY 11 ROB                        




Axioidea of the world and a reconsideration of the Callianassoidea (Decapoda, Thalassinidea, Callianassida) / by Katsushi Sakai.

Leiden : Brill, 2011.

(Crustaceana monographs ; 13)



Studies on Malacostraca : Lipke Bijdeley Holthuis memorial volume / by Charles H.J.M. Fransen, Sammy De Grave, and Peter K.L. Ng (editors).

Leiden : Brill , 2010.

(Crustaceana monographs; 14)



Venomous reptiles of the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico. Volume 1, <Heloderma>, <Micruroides>, <Micrurus>, <Pelamis>, <Agkistrodon>, <Sistrurus>

/ Carl H. Ernst and Evelyn M. Ernst.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011



Gathering time : dating the early Neolithic enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland / Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy and Alex Bayliss ; with contributions by Michael J. Allen ... [et al.].

2 Volumes

Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2011.



Visitors to our main reading room, can now access wifi during their visit. Please ask staff on arrival.


For information about researching the Library & Archive collections at the NHM please visit the Library & Archives webpage.




Eleanor Russell joined the Library & Archives team as our new Paper Conservator, on the 1st August.


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She was previously at the British Library specialising in art on paper. Prior to this she worked at the British Museum, the National Archives and the St. Paul's Cathedral architectural archives. Eleanor originally trained at Camberwell College of Art, gaining a BA Hons in Organic Conservation (e.g. paper, wood, leather).


One month in Eleanor is thoroughly enjoying her new role. As many of us did, she remembers her visits to the Natural History Museum as a child and now loves the feeling of playing a part behind the scenes. Originally from Cornwall, as a youngster she developed an interest in collecting and the natural world, which led to an interest in the history of art.


She feels her new role is her 'dream job', and is particularly enjoying the mixture of interaction with different museum departments and staff, and is starting to get her head round the size and variety of the collections in the Library & Archives.


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It has already been a busy month for Eleanor: visiting the Tate Britain to de-install NHM items loaned for their watercolour exhibition; and more recently installing an NHM item at the Royal Academy for their forthcoming exhibition 'Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement'.


Eleanor will next be concentrating on the forthcoming rotation of artwork in the NHM Images of Nature Gallery, and preparing a book handling course.


We look forward to Eleanor blogging in the future about the work she is involved in.


Due to electrical works in our main reading room during the week 12th - 16th September, there will be a reduced service.


We will be operating our reading room from another location and as a result we will limit the number of visitors we can accommodate each day during this period.


Please be aware of this when you contact us for an appointment. on 020 7942 5460 or


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



AAPG 2008 Annual Convention and Exhibition : abstracts volume

[San Antonio AAPG, 2008]

P 65 q AME


Dinosaur Coast good practice guide

Scarborough : North York Moors National Park Authority, [Between 2006 and 2011]

P 84 q DIN







Geny PIN3 i PIN4 oraz determinacja polarnej lokalizacji bialek PIN u Arabidopsis thaliana / Justyna Wisniewska.

[PIN3 and PIN4 genes and the determination of local polarisation of PIN proteins in <Arabidopsis thaliana>]

Torun : Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 2009.

581.19 WIS


Diatomeen im Süsswasser-Benthos von Mitteleuropa : Bestimmungsflora Kieselalgen für die ökologische Praxis : über 700 der häufigsten Arten und ihre Ökologie / Gabriele Hofmann, Marcus Werum & Horst Lange-Bertalot.

[Diatoms in freshwater benthos of central Europe]

Rugell : A.R.G. Gantner, 2011.

DIATOMS 582.261(4) HOF


Diatoms : ecology and life cycle / James C. Compton, editor.

New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2011.



Flora Algarum Ucrainicae. Volumen 11, Chlorophyta. Fasciculus 1, Phytomonadina. Descripto generalis. Pars 1, Structure, reproductio, ontogenesis et cycli evolutionis / N. P. Massjuk.

Kiev : Academia Scientiarium Ucrainicae, Nationale Institutum Botanicae Nomine M.G. Cholodnii, 2010.

ALGAE 582.271 PAL


Planting paradise : cultivating the garden, 1501-1900 / Stephen Harris.

Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2011.

635.90 HAR





Insect behaviour / Matthews, Robert W

Dordrecht: Springer, 2010

10G o MAT


Diseases of mites and ticks / Bruin, Jan

Amsterdam : Springer, 2009



Aphid biodiversity under environmental change : Patterns and processes / Kindlmann, Pavel

Dordrecht : Springer, 2010



A Dipterist's handbook / Chandler, Peter J.

Orpington : Amateur Entomologists' Society, 2010



Sodrómolyok = Tortricids / Szabóky, Csaba

[Budapest] : Forest Research Institute, [2010]







Science education for citizenship : teaching socio-scientific issues / Mary Ratcliffe and Marcus Grace

Maidenhead, Berkshire : Open University, 2003.

L 8 o RAT


The longest winter : Scott's other heroes / Meredith Hooper.

London : John Murray, 2010.

L 80 o HOO


Interactive museums: digital technology, handheld interpretation and online experiences / edited by Gregory Chamberlain

[S.l.] : Museum Identity Ltd, 2011

L 84 o INT


Women in science / European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Directorate L, Science, Economy and Society, Unit L5, Communication.

Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union, 2010.

L 96 o WOM



Ornithology (Tring)



Allan Octavian Hume : father of the Indian National Congress, 1829-1912 : a biography / Sir William Wedderburn ; edited by Edward C. Moulton.

New Delhi ; Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, c2002.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A HUM                       


A checklist of the birds of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands and guide to status and record submission / [produced by Dave Emley]

Birmingham : West Midland Bird Club, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/4 WES                     







Collective animal behavior / David J.T. Sumpter.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2010.

Z 10A o SUM


Muscles of vertebrates : comparative anatomy, evolution, homologies and development / Rui Diogo, Virginia Abdala.

Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2010.

Z 16 o DIO


Monkeys on the edge : ecology and management of long-tailed macaques and their interface with humans / edited by Michael  D. Gumert,  Agustþin Fuentes, Lisa Jones-Engel.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.