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Join curators and other experts as they share stories of the people, places, objects and ideas that reveal how science shaped London, and London shaped science.

Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery explores how London transformed from a modest commercial hub into a powerful metropolis and one of the world’s leading centres of science.  

In collaboration with the Science Museum, the Royal Society has assembled a panel of experts for this free virtual event. Science City curator Alexandra Rose will highlight some of the gallery’s key objects, which reveal how the careers of figures such as Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke were embedded in London’s commercial life. Keeper of Science Collections Alison Boyle at the Science Museum will be joined by a number of experts to explore some of the stories attached to the objects in the collection.  

Join us for a glimpse inside this wonderful gallery and a closer look at an unprecedented age of innovation.  

This event is part of our series in partnership with the Science Museum that celebrates Science City 1550 – 1800: The Linbury Gallery.  

This event is free to join, but to attend you must book at ticket using the button above


  • Alexandra Rose — Curator of Earth Sciences and Curator of Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery, Science Museum  
  • Dr Alison Boyle — Keeper of Science Collections, Science Museum  
  • Keith Moore — Head of Library and Information Services at The Royal Society 
  • Professor Simon Schaffer — Professor of History of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge University

Further speakers to be announced.

Attending the event

  • The event will be broadcast online on Wednesday 1 December at 7pm GMT
  • Once you have booked your free ticket, you will be sent a link by email that will allow you to join the event on one device along with other members of your household
  • Live subtitles will be available

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