Dinosaurs In The Drawing Room


2014011520201221 (BBC7)
20201222 (BBC7)

During the Second World War, the Natural History Museum evacuated its collection to the nation's stately homes, and with it some of its curators, with often intriguing results. Giles Dilnot raids the Museum's archives to discover the letters these curators wrote back to the museum. He hears about the fractious relationships, unexpected friendships and matters of life and death that these scientists encountered as guests of the aristocracy, all of which were played out against the backdrop of some vital war work. And he asks what would happen to the collection if such a threat were to occur now?

Producer: James Crawford.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

How the Natural History Museum packed its collections off to country houses during WWII.