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Science made visible: drawings, prints, objects



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


"Felt-makers at work" by Robert Hooke. A sketch using ink on paper. Credit: Richard Valencia Photography, RS Archives Cl.P/20/96/003

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 will show that making and seeing such images were essential for science in the seventeenth century.

Visiting the exhibition

  • Opening hours are between 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Free to attend
  • Open to all visitors of the Royal Society
  • Located in the Basement exhibition space
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 

Please contact the library team on to arrange your visit.

Science made visible: drawings, prints, objects

Explore how images define scientific progress with this collection from the Royal Society’s archives.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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