Ref NoMS/225
TitleThe Mystery Pearl Shells - B.B. Woodward and E.A. Chapman
AdminHistoryBernard Barham Woodward (1853 – 1930) was a British malacologist, and a member of staff at the British Museum and then the Natural History Museum.

Woodward was born on 3 August 1853, the son of the geologist Samuel Pickworth Woodward. He worked as an Assistant in the British Museum and on becoming Librarian at the Natural History Museum became responsible for the general catalogue of the books. He worked in this position from 1903 to his retirement in 1920. Woodward had an interest in natural history that extended beyond his work at the Natural History Museum, conducting his own researches into mollusca, and especially British mollusca. The Trustees of the British Museum published his books on the British species of Pisidium and the British freshwater mollusca, while his book on the life of mollusca was published just before World War I. For his work in this field Woodward was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Microscopical Society, and he was for some years President of the Malacological Society of London. He frequently contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography (DNB). He was twice married and twice widowed, firstly to the novelist Emma Hosken (1845-1884) whom he married in 1882, and then to Jane E. Mayne Randles (1854-1904) whom he married in 1891. He died on 27 October 1930.
DescriptionMaterial relating to "The Mystery Pearl Shells" including 2 copies of a pamphlet, entitled 'The Mystery Pearl Shells: A brief description of an interesting natural peculiarity (illustrated)' by Ernest A. Chapman, dated 1926 including photographs and illustrations. Also includes a pamphlet entitled 'A short history of a notable Irish family' [The O'Donnell, King of Tirconnail] including a coloured coat of arms, which was written by P.C. Gallagher (1927) at the request of Chapman in further explanation of his own pamplet (above). Also includes correspondence of Chapman, Bernard Barham Woodward, James Hornell and C. Hedley (University of Queensland, Australia) dated 1926 - 1929, as well as newspaper cuttings, relating to the pearl shells.
Extent1 folder
Related MaterialMS/226, MS/227, MS/228, MS/228a
Creator NameWoodward, Bernard Barham
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