Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum, Issue 1

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Harper Perennial, 2008 - Natural history museums - 338 pages
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Behind the public façade of any great museum there lies a secret domain: one of unseen galleries, locked doors, priceless specimens and hidden lives.Through the stories of the numerous eccentric individuals whose long careers have left their mark on the study of evolutionary science, Richard Fortey, former senior paleaontologist at London's Natural History Museum, celebrates the pioneering work of the Museum from its inception to the present day. He delves into the feuds, affairs, scandals and skulduggery that have punctuated its long history, and formed a backdrop to extraordinary scientific endeavour. He explores the staying power and adaptability of the Museum as it responds to changes wrought by advances in technology and molecular biology - 'spare' bones from an extinct giant bird suddenly become cutting-edge science with the new knowledge that DNA can be extracted from them, and ancient fish are tested with the latest equipment that is able to measure rises in pollution.'Dry Store Room No. 1' is a fascinating and affectionate account of a hidden world of untold treasures, where every fragment tells a story about time past, by a scientist who combines rigorous professional learning with a gift for prose that sparkles with wit and literary sensibility.

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Review: Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History Museum

User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

A lot of reviews comment on how dry they found this book, but I rather enjoyed it. I like Richard Fortey's style of writing, despite his tendency to ramble and get distracted. It's more of a biography ... Read full review

Review: Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History Museum

User Review  - Julian Walker - Goodreads

Like lifting a veil, this book provides a tantalising glimpse of behind the scenes at one of the world's great museums and, like a comfortable pair of slippers, you immediately feel at home. Behind ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Richard Fortey retired from his position as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2006. He has won both the Lewis Thomas and Michael Faraday medals for his science writing. He was elected President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year in 2007, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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