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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.

Illustration of wheat infected with rust

Science in the making

Browse through over 30,000 manuscripts from our archival collections connected with the journals published by the Royal Society since 1665.

Find out more about Science in the making.

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.

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Picture Library image

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.

Explore the picture library

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

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.

Google Arts & Culture Soirées

History of science blog

The Royal Society’s history of science blog posts feature 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 scientific journals.

front page of the first Philosophical Transactions

The Wolfson Foundation archive

The Wolfson Foundation is a charity, founded in 1955, that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, the arts and humanities, education and health and disability. In celebration of the Foundation’s many contributions to science, and its other areas of activity, the Royal Society presents a selection of stories and documents from the Foundation’s archive.

Explore the archive.

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