In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Fortey acquaints the reader with the extraordinary people, meticulous research and driving passions that helped to create the timeless experiences of wonder that fill London's Natural History Museum. And with the museum's hallways and collection rooms providing a dazzling framework, Fortey offers an often eye-opening social history of the scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.--From publisher description.… (more)
This book is my own storeroom, a personal archive, designed to explain what goes on behind the polished doors in the Natural History Museum.
I will finish by quoting the diarist W. N. P. Barbellion, even if his evolutionary scenario is no longer quite the ticket. On 22 July 1910 he wrote :
I take a jealous pride in my Simian ancestry. I like to think I was once a magnificent hairy fellow living in the trees and my frame has come down through geological time via a sea jelly & worms & Ampphioxus, Fish, Dinosaurs & Apes. Who would exchange these for the pallid couple in the Garden of Eden!