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…

Picture perfect

10 December 2019 by

We’re on the countdown to Christmas! If the arrival of December has surprised you too, and you’re reading this thinking…

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…

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…

Feast your eyes

2 July 2019 by

This time last year saw the launch at the Royal Society of Science Made Visible: Drawings, Prints, Objects, an exhibition…