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Natural History Visit 1 – Natural History Museum


4:00 pm

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[B]cpd25 Visit to Natural History Museum Library
29 January 2007 14:00 – 16:00[/B]


cpd25 is pleased to announce a series of four visits in 2007 with the theme of Natural History. This series includes visits to the Library & Archive of the Natural History Museum, the Royal Horticultural Society Library at Wisley, the Chelsea Physick Garden, and a repeat visit to the library of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

We anticipate that these events will be very popular, and therefore individuals should only request places on any two of the four visits.

Bookings for each visit will be opened separately, beginning with the Natural History Museum. To enable as wide a range of people to attend, places are strictly limited to one person per institution.


The Natural History Museum Library and Archives hold the world’s premier collections of literature, original drawings and manuscripts relating to natural history. These include over one million books, the oldest dating from 1469, half a million artworks, and extensive map, manuscript and photographic collections.

The world’s largest collection of works by and about Charles Darwin has recently been bought by the Museum. Known as the Kohler Darwin Collection, it includes almost everything Darwin published from 1829 onwards, including the first edition of On the Origin of Species detailing Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

The visit will include the Botany Library, the Earth Sciences Library, the General & Zoology Library , the Archives and the Rare Books Room.


14:00 Arrival Natural History Museum Front Entrance: Visitors’ Desk

14:10 Welcome and Botany Library Collections: Botany Library Reading Room

14:30 Services and Earth Sciences Library Collections : Earth Sciences Library Reading Room

14.55 General & Zoology Library Collections and Darwin purchase: General & Zoology Library Reading Room

15:00 Tea Break: Staff Tea Room

15:20 Archives: Archives

15:35 Women Naturalists Exhibition, Special cataloguing projects, e.g. Linnaeus: Rare Books Room

Booking form for M25 Members   Booking form for non-Members