Dr John Robert Holmes, University of Reading
PhD student, Katherine Ford has been working within the Society’s collections, examining the impact of science and particularly the Royal Society on Victorian literature. In addition to researching and refining the subject-matter for her thesis, Katherine has supported the Library’s work in cataloguing, reading room support and blogging among many other contributions.
Dr Aileen Fyfe, University of St Andrews
This project intends to research and write the definitive history of the commercial and editorial practices of the Philosophical Transactions. It will also use the Royal Society’s archive to compile a series of historical economic data series relating to the book trade, which will be freely available online.
In 2015, the project team, including postdoctoral researchers Dr Noah Moxham and Dr Julie McDougall-Waters will run a series of anniversary events, celebrating Philosophical Transactions and creating a public forum for discussing the future of scholarly publishing.
Dr Catherine Souch, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
A Collaborative Doctoral Awards partnership to assign three studentships per annum to examine complementary aspects of each institution’s archives of science across all continents and periods. Individual PhD topics to be determined by the host institutions, the first PhD student will begin work on Royal Society collection from 2014.
Words from the WISE
Dr Sue Hawkins, Kingston University and Dr Jennifer Thomas, Rothschild Archives
An AHRC supported networking team intended to examine women’s participation in the activities of learned scientific societies in the 20th and 21st centuries. Outputs will be three workshops and a conference aimed at framing research questions in this subject-area.
Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford
A Science in Culture Large Grant award, the project will bring together historical and literary research in the 19th century with contemporary scientific practice, looking at the ways in which patterns of popular communication and engagement in 19th-century science can offer models for current practice.
Dr. Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge
This AHRC research project is investigating the relationship between science and visual culture in seventeenth-century England. The purpose is to understand how art, artists, and reproductive-print makers enabled creativity and innovation in science in the seventeenth century, and to what extent naturalists and natural philosophers, in turn, transformed visual resources and strategies into something of their own.
Robert Hooke’s life and work
Dr Felicity Henderson, University of Exeter
This project aims to recover the work of the Royal Society Curator of Experiments and Secretary Robert Hooke (1635-1703) by producing a new annotated list of his papers, a new edition of his diary, and the first edition of his correspondence.
The Royal Society 1950-2010
Dr Peter Collins, the Royal Society
Peter Collins, Emeritus Director at the Royal Society, is researching a book (published by Cambridge University Press in 2015) on the history of the organisation’s last 60 years. Using the Society’s own very rich archives, supplemented by material from the National Archive and elsewhere, and over 50 key witness interviews the project aims to describe and analyse the Society’s domestic role and international influence in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.