Spectral lights

16 April 2019 by

When we think about the work done by scientists of the past, we probably don’t consider their everyday lives while…

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…

Anna Atkins

16 June 2017 by

As a research project for my Masters in History of Art at the University of Sussex, I’ve been working at…

Lissajous curves created by a harmonograph

Swinging art

9 July 2015 by

You probably won’t be surprised to read that among my vices is a serious second-hand bookshop habit; another is a…

A star-crossed astronomer

12 December 2012 by

You may be familiar with our ‘Fellows in Fiction‘ loan collection in the Library, which focuses on books showing real…