A short collection of tales from the world of museum collections, written by a curator at Auckland Museum in New Zealand. He even covers some displays and artifacts I have seen myself, going right back to my childhood, like the stuffed elephant even I as a child could see was suffering from the ravages of time, and the beautiful dioramas which it saddened me to learn have largely gone out of favour in world museum circles, and which have been reduced at Auckland to a single one showing albatrosses.
It might seem a dry subject, but the author has tried to relate tales of the strange, quirky and bizarre sources or fates of some exhibits, while illustrating the intrinsic scientific value of collections, and succeeds in keeping the reader's interest. Well, it worked for me anyway.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Natural History.
Read as an e-book borrowed from Auckland Libraries via Overdrive, on my Kobo Touch e-reader
I am an extremely intelligent, witty and fascinating guy.