Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum - Richard ForteyLondon: HarperPress, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Behind the public facade 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 palaeontologist 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 the Museum’s 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 knowledge that DMA can be extracted from them, and ancient fish are tested with the latest equipment 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.”