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The Wolfson Foundation at 60

In 2015, The Wolfson Foundation celebrates 60 years of philanthropy. Since 1955, the Foundation has funded some 10,000 projects totalling £1.7 billion. 

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.

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. 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 relatively high cost of current research endeavour.

Explore the Wolfson archives

Anglo-Israeli Archaeological Expedition

Institute of Criminology

National Gallery

Rothamsted Experimental Station

Royal Institution

Royal Opera House

Royal Society

Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Wolfson College Oxford

Wolfson College Cambridge