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Digital resources

The Society has digitised thousands of its scientific illustrations, photographs, manuscripts and books. Explore our collections through a range of platforms freely available online for public access.

Lord Kelvin's machine for solving simultaneous linear equations, 1879. Catalogue reference: AP/60/18

Turning the pages

Our gallery of digital replicas showcases some of the important and beautiful books and manuscripts in our collection based on Turning the Pages, an innovative 3-D technology.

Discover Turning the pages.

Picture library

Search our picture library, an image database drawn from the visual resources of the Society’s collections. Images are available to licence for editorial or commercial reproduction through the website or offline.

For framed prints, canvases and cards, please visit the Royal Society print shop.

Explore the picture library

Google Art & Culture

The Royal Society partners with Google to provide people all over the world access to our collections. View virtual exhibits and learn about portraits, objects, books and manuscripts which made science.

Discover the Royal Society on Google Arts & Culture.

Science in the making

Browse, transcribe and tag hundreds of our archival material connected with the journals published by the Royal Society since 1665 on our new pilot platform.

Find out more about Science in the making.

The Repository blog

The Repository is the Royal Society’s history of science blog, featuring updates from the collections team and guests.

Explore the blog

Philosophical Transactions

Since the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published by the Secretary of the Royal Society, in 1665, it has covered some of the most fundamental and significant discoveries in scientific history.

Navigate through over 350 years of science in the making.

front page of the first Philosophical Transactions
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