The Museum book guide: women in science
In celebration of women's contribution to science, we've selected some books written by women scientists and staff members at the Museum.
Women have shaped the history of the Museum since its earliest days, both front of house and behind the scenes. From palaeontologists like Dorothea Bate, who was one of the first female scientists employed by the Museum, to the hundreds of women who make up our workforce today.
Discover the work of incredible women who have been inspired by the wonders of the natural world.
Science and scientists
Museum scientists are leaders in their fields, and these books reveal some of the incredible stories to be found in natural history collections.
Dr Erica McAlister's ground-breaking work explores the fascinating and often surprising life of flies. She dispels common misconceptions and reveals how truly amazing and important these creatures are.
Thanks to meteorites, we can discover the process that formed the solar system 4,570 million years ago. Join leading Museum experts as they answer some of life's big questions.
Compiled by Museum botanist Dr Sandy Knapp, this box set contains over 20 essays, 160 illustrations and 36 frameable prints, all of which tell the story of the plants that have come to form the modern world.
This traditionally male-dominated field is beginning to attract more and more women, and their work is changing the shape of nature photography for the better.
Discover the beauty of Wildlife Photographer 56 with this year's highlights book written by Rosamund Kidman Cox, the competition's Chair of the Jury. Roz has been judging the competition for nearly four decades, and her expertise in the field is unparalleled.
This beautiful book charts the development of nature photography, from the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today.
The library and collections
The Museum's library collections continue to provide inspiration for generations of scientists, authors and artists. Explore the some of the most important works in the collection and the natural world that has inspired them.
Take a look at some of the rarest and most prized books from the Museums library and archives. Collated by Judith Magee, previous Curator of rare books, manuscripts and artwork at the Museum.
This stunning collection celebrates the work of women artists spanning the last four centuries and is illustrated with a selection of artworks from the collections held in the Library of the Museum.
The history of the Museum
Discover some of the people and events that have shaped the Museum's history and uncover the incredible stories that are set within its walls.
Using records and letters from the Museum s archives, Karolyn Shindler chronicles both the impact of the war on museum life and the surprising and significant role its employees played in the war effort.
Explore the history of the Museum through black and white photography and discover some of the animals, plants, minerals and people that graced the halls of the Museum between 1880 and 1950.