Skip navigation

The NaturePlus Forums will be offline from mid August 2018. The content has been saved and it will always be possible to see and refer to archived posts, but not to post new items. This decision has been made in light of technical problems with the forum, which cannot be fixed or upgraded.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the very great success of the forums and to the community spirit there. We plan to create new community features and services in the future so please watch this space for developments in this area. In the meantime if you have any questions then please email:

Fossil enquiries: esid@nhm.ac.uk
Life Sciences & Mineralogy enquiries: bug@nhm.ac.uk
Commercial enquiries: ias1@nhm.ac.uk

Previous Next

Library & Archives

August 13, 2013
1

Sharon Touzel: Bibliographic Librarian

IMG_3340.JPG

 

 

 

 

How long have you worked at the NHM?

 

I began in 2007, so 6 years.

 

What were you doing before you came here?

 

I was studying, and volunteering as an Assistant Archivist at LAARC (the archaeological archives of the Museum of London). The volunteering was great – in one box, a Roman shoe; in the next, a medieval horse skull.

 

What does your average day look like?

 

I might spend time buying books for the Entomology Library, or working on projects with external academic visitors.

Mainly though, I spend a lot of time cataloguing our collections. It’s not a dull job here - today I’ve catalogued an 1870s Austrian sales catalogue, advertising plaster heads & preserved frogs; 1930s newspaper cuttings on a secret journey through Forbidden Arabia; and 1970s reports on the Loch Morar monster. Finding items like these means I always have something to put on our Twitter feed!


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

 

The flea etching from Robert Hooke’s Microscopy, or some of our relatively unknown 17th century Dutch art.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

I love the piece of the moon in the Earth Galleries. Walking past it every morning gives me a real kick.

 

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

 

As an Entomology librarian, it’s tempting to say I’d like to be one of those brain eating parasites which make zombies out of ants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis) . However, I’d probably go for something much more boring, like a domestic cat!