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History of Science’s Summer Science Showcase



Taking mother nature as our inspiration for Summer Science this year, join us straight from the Royal Society’s archives as we journey through the microscopic discoveries of both sea and land to the giants of the art and science worlds to see how scientists from our past observed and captured (via pen, paintbrush and lens) features of nature, climate and biodiversity.

The Royal Society Soirée at Burlington House

Peer inside the pages of the first photo book in history capturing the blue depths of algae (made by a female botanist and photographer), explore the unexpected science of the great Victorian artist and critic John Ruskin through our Google Arts & Culture Exhibition, and discover the glamorous history of the Summer Science Exhibition itself whilst having a go at capturing images of science yourself with our live Doodle of the Day.

The content will be made live on 8 July and can be accessed here throughout Summer Science on this, our dedicated History of Science page.

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History of Science’s Summer Science Showcase Join us as we take a journey through the Royal Society's archives. other
The Royal Society Soirées at Burlington House

The Royal Society Soirées 

Google Arts & Culture Exhibit 

Travel through the history of the Summer Science Exhibition, from Victorian Soirées to the present day, on Google Arts & Culture.

Doodle of the day 

Get your creative juices flowing in this daily art challenge. We’ll be posting an image from the Royal Society’s archive collection, and we invite you to recreate it - in any format that takes your fancy. Follow us on Twitter to find the day’s daily challenge, live from 7am. Share your pictures and photos with us using #summerscience.

Forster T Researches 1823 plate

Flowers of the sea 

Turning the Pages 

Delve into the blue universe of Anna Atkins' Photographs of British Algae, the first, and most beautiful, photographic book by a pioneering woman of marine science.  

Painted pond life

Turning the Pages 

Discover the wonderful world of Rotifera, the minute freshwater organisms known as wheel animals, through the watercolours of Victorian naturalists Philip Henry Gosse and Charles Thomas Hudson. Enjoy their art, now featured as a Turning the Pages digital presentation.

Painted pond life
Mer de Glace, Chamonix

Painting with sunlight: Ruskin and science 

Google Arts & Culture Exhibit 

Explore John Ruskin's love of drawing and photography in a collaborative exhibition of art and science from The Ruskin Library, Museum and Research Centre and the Royal Society. 

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