Just a quick reminder of some exciting Royal Society Library events coming up over the next couple of months.

Our autumn programme of Friday lunchtime lectures starts this week, with a talk by author Ulrich Grober on ‘John Evelyn’s Sylva and the origins of the modern sustainability discourse’. As you may know, Sylva (1664) was the first book published by the Society under the privileges granted in our Charter, and our portrait of Evelyn shows him proudly clutching a copy. The talk promises to be a fascinating look at how ideas of sustainable development have been shaped over the centuries – doors open at 12:30 on Friday 20 September and the talk starts at 13:00 if you’d like to attend.


Portrait of John Evelyn, ca.1687, by Godfrey Kneller © The Royal Society


This weekend, I’ll be part of the Library team as we polish up our best tour guide anecdotes and usher in members of the public for Open House London 2013. Do come along – it’s great fun, with guided tours and the chance to see our ‘Fossils’ and ‘Scientists’ exhibitions. We’ve got extended opening hours on the Saturday (21 September), from 10:00 to 19:00 (your guides may be a tad croaky by the time of the final tours …), and we’re also open on Sunday (22 September) from 11:00 to 16:00. There’ll be a cafe serving tea, coffee and some rather nice cakes.

The autumn lunchtime lectures continue the following Friday, for a further nine weeks; as usual, the lectures are free and everybody is welcome to attend, with doors opening at 12:30 for a 13:00 start. Here’s a list of the titles in the rest of the series – just click on each date for full details, and we hope to see you soon!

27 September, Dr Richard Gillespie, Museum Victoria, Melbourne: ‘The Great Melbourne Telescope’.

4 October, Dr Alison Pearn, Darwin Project, University of Cambridge: ‘Charles Darwin and the practice of science’.

11 October, Dr Elizabeth Bruton, University of Leeds: ‘Henry Moseley’s role as a Signals Officer in World War One’.

18 October, Harriet Tuckey: ‘Everest, the first ascent: the untold story of the man who made it possible’.

25 October, Dr Allan Chapman: ‘Physicians, chemists and experimentalists: the Royal Society and the rise of scientific medicine’.

1 November, Simon Werrett, University College London: ‘Incendiary science: fireworks at the Royal Society’.

8 November, Dr Claire Jones, University of Liverpool: ‘Sisters in science: Hertha Ayrton, women and the Royal Society’.

15 November, Ken McNamara, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge: ‘The star-crossed stone’.

22 November, Chris Elliot: ‘Sir Henry Bessemer FRS: a life and a legacy’.


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