Hot off the press is the autumn 2015 edition of the Museum Members’ magazine evolve and for those who love the Museum’s paper collections there is plenty to read about.
Natural Histories and the mandrake
The Natural Histories collaboration between the Museum and BBC Radio 4 over the last few months included the story of nightshade plant family and in particular the role of the mandrake in early medicine and its depiction in in botanical herbal illustrations such as those held in our collections.
New Bauer Brothers art exhibition in our Images of Nature Gallery and accompanying publication
Special Collections Librarian Paul Cooper introduces our exhibition of the botanical and zoological artwork of Franz and Ferdinand Bauer. The exhibition opened on 7 November 2015 and runs until 2017. All of the artwork by the brothers on display during this period comes from the collections of the Museum Library.
Paul has written a book to accompany the exhibition and this available to purchase from the Museum bookshop or to order online.
Karolyn Shindler, a regular contributor (Library and Archives Scientific Associate), discusses the important role geologist William Pengelly (1812-1894) played in answering the question of whether ancient humans had coexisted with extinct mammals.
Snapshot of war
In the latest of this series Karolyn Shindler focuses on autumn 1915 during World War One and the role of the Museum during this period.