Somewhat belatedly, I’ve noticed that we’ve been blogging for (just over) a year now. We love an excuse to celebrate an anniversary around here, so I thought this might be a good time to indulge in a little bit of reflection on the past 12 months.

In the first post, we promised that:

“This blog will feature posts from the librarians, archivists and curators who run the Centre, and from a handful of our researchers and other supporters too. We intend to show you all kinds of treasures from our collections, provide some insights into how we do things, and hopefully tell you a few things you didn’t already know. ”

I’d like to think that we’ve done all this, and perhaps even a little more. Looking at the statistics, we’ve published 69 posts in 17 categories, and apparently assigned 466 tags to the posts (which is perhaps a little over-enthusiastic…). We’ve reached 110 subscribers, and many more people read the posts on a more ad hoc basis, which is fantastic. Our most popular post, with a shade under 3000 unique views, was Felicity’s account of Robert Boyle’s to-do list, and the rest of us would be very interested to know what we need to do to compete with that!

Other than that, our top 5 posts so far are:
The not-so-clockwork universe  
A fortunate find  
Boldly going (or maybe not…) 
Hooke, Newton and the ‘missing’ portrait   
Remembering (and forgetting) ‘women in science’

So thank you very much to all our readers and supporters, and we hope you continue to enjoy our work here. If you’d like to tell us what you think about it or make any suggestions for us to consider, please drop us a line to, or tweet @royalsociety.

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