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Highlights from the Royal Society Collections

Dorothy Hodgkin OM FRS by Graham Sutherland, 1979

Current exhibition: Science made visible

From the founding of the Royal Society in 1660 images and objects were an important part of science. The first Fellows created images to communicate new discoveries to their colleagues around the world, as well as to the London public. They also used graphical methods to explore and develop their ideas. Many of these beautiful and striking pictures can still be found in the archives of the Royal Society. This exhibition shows that making and seeing such images were essential for science in the 17th century.

Find out more about visiting the Science made visible exhibition at the Royal Society.


The Royal Society collections are an invaluable resource for the study of the history and development of scientific thinking and practice. The archive collections hold the records related to the Royal Society going back to its foundation in 1660. In addition, the collections are rich in archival material, artwork and artefacts relating to the lives and works of the Society's Fellows - past and present. The library boasts a first-class selection of modern publications on the history of science, long-running journals published by the Royal Society, and rare and historical scientific works dating as far back as the 15th century.

The Wolfson Foundation at 60

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 archives.

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