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…

Flea treatment

22 October 2019 by

It seems fair to say that Robert Hooke’s Micrographia is one of the most iconic volumes of our collections. As…

Sea of sand

27 August 2019 by

Every so often, I come across an election certificate of a Fellow of the Royal Society that triggers a reaction….