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History of science resources


The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Our library holds one of the most important history of science collections in the world with thousands of rare and unique items. We hold records of the work of the Society since 1660. Some of our historical datasets, such as those on climate, contribute to current scientific investigation and they are all important for historical research.

The Royal Society’s Science in the making website helps to bring the history of science alive, with digitised archives relating to notable scientists and explorers such as Isaac Newton, Alan Turing and Ernest Shackleton. Established in 2014, the Science in the Making project has enabled 30,000 items of archival material, related to the publication of the Society’s scientific journals, to be available online. 

Teachers from the Royal Society Schools Network have identified a number of curriculum related topics to support the teaching of students aged 5-11. Their ideas support history, numeracy and literacy through the lens of science at Key stage 1 and 2. 

Science in the making lesson plans

Age 5-7 (Key stage 1)

Age 8 – 11 (Key stage 2)

If you use any of these resources with your class, please do email us with any feedback you have so we can review the impact these resources are having in schools across the UK.

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