The gift of 1843

22 May 2018 by

In October 1843 a package of cyanotype photographs was delivered to the Royal Society. It had not been donated by…

Mobilis in mobili

1 May 2018 by

Here is an unexpected discovery, made in a roundabout way. I’d noticed recently that our picture database is a little…

Animal magic

9 March 2018 by

Recently, I was re-reading In a Glass Darkly, short stories by the Irish Gothic writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873)…

Tahitian tears

1 August 2017 by

In September this year, the Royal Society is hosting an international conference looking at the career and influence of Sir…

The Basilisk

28 June 2017 by

My name is Leah Miller and I am entering my final year of undergraduate work, studying English and Women and…