Back catalogues

28 January 2020 by

I have already confessed here and here to a benign obsession with the catalogues of the Royal Society collections. Today’s…

Idle hands

21 January 2020 by

Care for the removal of fingers, Yakuza style? Then try scribbling in a book under the eyes of a reading…

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…