Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History Museum
Within its pages, London’s Natural History Museum, a home of treasures -- plants from the voyage of Captain Cook, barnac...more
Let me explain.
Beauty and the Beast is my very favorite fairy tale. I will read adaptations of that story all day long, and well into the night. My favorite part of any version is when Beauty explores the castle. She's alone, and it's quiet, and she's wandering through room upon room of wonders and marvels. Beauty's sense of of awe, discovery, and curiosity perfectly mirrors Fortey's experience wandering through the hallways, storerooms, basements, and att...more
I kept setting the book aside to look up whatever it is that he had just mentioned, like what a Bettong is or to see what the Diplodocus looks like at the British Museum.
I'm learning tons of new words. So far I've had to look up: n...more
This book includes scientific informati...more
"The Natural History Museum is, first and foremost, a celebration of what time has done to life," writes Fortey, whose engaging book similarly commemorates the vast record of life on Earth. As he meanders through the halls of the museum's back rooms, Fortey proves to be an excellent, witty guide to the scientists and specimens that give testament to this history. Far from being a dry read, Dry Storeroom No. 1 weaves together colorful anecdotes about the scientists, their research, and the value...more
While Fortey's line of work is arthropod paleontology, he roams and roves through the Museum as a whole, including plants, minerals, and fungi. Much of the book is telling about his co-workers over the years, and he includes the gre...more
And ooh is it gossipy in some parts! I don't want to give it away - that'd be like telling a friend's story for them - but there are some juicy b...more
The amount of material stored in the Natural History Museum is staggering. Literally miles (not to mention kilometers) of all sorts of objects from creepy crawlies found only in a remote part of South America to minerals from right around the corner by comparison. I had no idea the museum employed su...more
Fortey takes us into the secretive world of the museum, to get to know the cogs of the machine, without which the...more
Setting: The Natural History Museum in London, England
Ever read books where they talk about going up to the British Museum for the day? Well, the British Museum is now the Natural History Museum (and a few other spin-offs) and Fortey takes the reader behind the scenes for an insider's view on what really goes on in such a huge museum.
Fortey started his career as a biologist back when the museum was a slightly stuffier and more serious...more
The public face of the museum — animatronic dinosaurs and overexcited schoolchildren — gives relatively little sense of the scientific work that goes on behind the scenes, all of which is cen...more
Fortey takes the reader on a anthropological, cultural and historical tour of the museum. He very cleverly does this managing to avoid laundry lists and a systematic dep...more
This is a memoir by the "trilobite" man at the Natural History Museum in London. I haven't yet visited that museum, but the book hasn't inspired me to go out of my way, unfortunately.