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The Natural History Museum: Nature's Treasurehouse Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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'beautifully illustrated with numerous carefully selected photographs...interspersed with concise histories of key collections...a delightful read.' -- Archives of Natural History, 29 (2), 2002
About the Author
Bob Press has worked as a curator and researcher at The Natural History Museum since 1973 and is now deputy head of the Department of Botany. His current research centres on plants of the Atlantic islands but he has also studied the plants of Europe and of Nepal. He has a special interest in plant collectors and the history of collecting, and is author of numerous books including field guides. John Thackray was Museum Archivist from 1989 until his death in 1999. After a B.Sc. degree in geology from Imperial College, London, he was Scientific Officer in the Geological Museum, and took an M.Sc. in the history of science, with further studies in Archive Administration. He was secretary for the Society of the History of Natural History for 17 years, and had been elected as the Society's President early in 1999.
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Sadly the author of this book, John Thackray, whose idea it was to compile this collection of what he considered to be the Museum's important milestones died before this work could be put together. As explained in the first few pages by the second author Bob Press, he put together the manuscripts that Thackray had been working on in order to complete this book, and it really serves as a great testament to him.
The book is a good quality, slim paperback, packed with information and fantastic accounts.
The chapters in this book are as follows;
1. Origins of the Museum
2. The Museum Established
3. A New Building
4. To South Kensington
5. The Collections
6. Exhibitions and Education
8. The Digital Age
The photographs (all black and white) from the archives of the Museum are astounding and really capture the era and mood of the time at which they were taken.
Overall a really fantastic and fascinating book for people with an interest in natural history. I wasn't sure about purchasing this at first as there were no reviews and I wasn't sure what the quality would be like but I'm so glad I went for it. I'm very pleased and recommend it highly.
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