The Collector Earl

26 November 2019 by

One of the perks of cataloguing a collection like the Royal Society’s is that you can follow items, and their…

Divine fermentation?

19 November 2019 by

In these days of trendy craft beers, artisan gin and molecular mixology, sometimes only a traditional beverage will do. One…

Building Passions

12 November 2019 by

My new book ‘Building Passions’ covers the period during the nineteenth century when Britain had two giants of architecture and…

A Parthenope in the sky

5 November 2019 by

The year 2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Annibale de Gasparis, Italian astronomer and mathematician, Director of the…

Above the clouds

29 October 2019 by

A recent enquiry led me to our Manuscripts General series for a volume I was unfamiliar with: MS/626, the ‘Tenerife…