The Wolfson Foundation is a charity awarding grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, the arts and humanities, education and health and disability. Since it was founded in 1955, the Foundation has awarded more than £1.9 billion to over 11,000 projects across the UK.
In science, the Foundation has been particularly active. The highest proportion of the Wolfson Foundation's grant-making recognises the importance of science and medicine to society and to the economy, as well as the high costs of cutting edge scientific research.
In celebration of the Foundation’s many contributions to science, and to its other areas of activity, the Royal Society presents a selection of stories and documents from the archives of the Wolfson Foundation, currently held by the Royal Society Library.
Further information about the Wolfson Foundation’s archive can be found on their website, and the collection can be searched through the Royal Society’s online archive catalogue. Researchers must obtain permission from the Wolfson Foundation to access files from the collection, prior to visiting the Royal Society Library.
Explore the Wolfson archives