Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum (Vintage)

Richard Fortey
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls that hold the permanent collection of the Natural History Museum. Replete with fossils, jewels, rare plants, and exotic species, Fortey’s walk through offers an intimate view of many of the premiere scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Like looking into the mind of mankind and all the fascinating discoveries, ideas, and accomplishments that reside there, Fortey’s tour is utterly entertaining from first to last.

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Reviewed: 2016-05-30
I loved this book, but holy crap I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it.  I don't think it's ever taken me this long to finish a book.   If you love museums, if you love natural history, if you've ever thought the idea of getting lost in the back rooms of a museum sounded like something you'd put on your bucket list, I think you'll enjoy this book.  Mr. Fortey manages with very few words to make the reader feel like they've toured the back rooms of the Natural History Museum (London) and met some of the more colourful characters to have graced it's halls in the last several decades.   I'm definitely going to re-read this one at some point in the near future: I feel like I probably didn't do the book full justice by trying to read it while I'm on holiday and helping out my friend while her hand heals.  The writing is dense and there's a lot to take in (in a good way) and I'd have gotten even more out of it had I been able to fully focus.  But I did enjoy it thoroughly and would gladly recommend it."
Reviewed: 2016-05-30

I loved this book, but holy crap I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it.  I don't think it's ever taken me this long to finish a book.

 

If you love museums, if you love natural history, if you've ever thought the idea of getting lost in the back rooms of a museum sounded like something you'd put on your bucket list, I think you'll enjoy this book.  Mr. Fortey manages with very few words to make the reader feel like they've toured the back rooms of the Natural History Museum (London) and met some of the more colourful characters to have graced it's halls in the last several decades.

 

I'm definitely going to re-read this one at some point in the near future: I feel like I probably didn't do the book full justice by trying to read it while I'm on holiday and helping out my friend while her hand heals.  The writing is dense and there's a lot to take in (in a good way) and I'd have gotten even more out of it had I been able to fully focus.  But I did enjoy it thoroughly and would gladly recommend it.

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