Route canal

21 May 2019 by

I recently retrieved one of our volumes of John Smeaton’s design drawings from the archive, in the course of dealing…

Flamsteed observed

14 May 2019 by

As I made my way through volume 62 of our New Letter Book series, which contains outgoing correspondence from 1922,…

Reverting to type

7 May 2019 by

In today’s world of smartphones, tablets and other gadgetry, you’d be forgiven for not sparing much thought for the precursors…

Mantell’s bones

30 April 2019 by

The drawing looks like a jumble of bones. It’s an animal, a vertebrate, and we might now guess a dinosaur,…

Karma chameleons

23 April 2019 by

In September 1763, the recently appointed Library and Repository Keeper, Clerk and Housekeeper of the Royal Society Emanuel Mendes da…